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How Did Some of the Most Promising 2022 Rookies Do This Year?

The MBL 2022 season was full of surprises, none more than the number of rookies who succeeded in making names for themselves as top players. Some of these players were identified almost immediately as top prospects while others came from behind to create unexpected success stories.

Now that the season is winding down, the FairGo casino login is ready to assess which rookies were seen as the most promising rookies of 2022 and how they did. Some of the most widely cited names included:

Max Castillo, RHP, Kansas City Royals

Venezuelan-born Maximo Alberto Castillo was one of the biggest surprises of the 2022 season, evolving from posting average stats at Double-a to delivering a Triple A in the spring that earned him a promotion.

He’s become a key cog for the Royals after they acquired him from the Blue Jays mid-season. In five appearances for the Royals, Castillo has achieved a 9.16 ERA in 18 2/3 innings, with 17 strikeouts and 10 walks.

Manager Mike Matheny summarized Castillo’s skills after he pitched a 7-5 loss to the Guardians in the third game of a six-game series in Cleveland. "He can pitch. We’ve always talked about his presence, his heart rate, but you can see he’s a young pitcher. Tried to reach back and throw with more velocity, but ended up having some big misses.

You’ve got to learn the hard way with that sometimes. I think this has been a really good experience for him to see how he fits with us and that we believe in him. I think there are better things to come. He’s very young. Doesn’t look like it on the mound, but he is, and he’s got a bright future."

Brendan Donovan, Cardinals

Brendan Michael Donovan is a German–born player for the Cardinals. He was a bench player who hadn’t done much through the first 10 games of the season but after struggling shortstop Paul DeJong was sent back to the Minors, he took the bat and almost immediately hit a homer.

He ended the season at .362 with more walks (21) than strikeouts (18), putting him in the top 10 percentile among qualified hitters. Now he has a National League-best .471 on-base percentage when he’s at the bat and in the field, is one of the team’s most versatile players who can be called to play all positions except pitcher, catcher and center field.

Kyle Reis of the Birds on the Black website, summarizes Donovan’s first year. "In my mind, Brendan Donovan is who Mike Shildt thinks that Tommy Edman is." Donovan, says Reis, is a very high IQ hitter, who fills whatever situation the team needs at the moment -- a double in the gap, a poke to the ball down the line to get on base, a walk ahead of power hitters, a homer with a high exit velocity or anything else that the situation demands.

Julio Rodriguez, Mariners

Dominican-born Julio Rodriguez made his MLB debut this year after 5 years with the Mariners as an international free agent. He struggled during his first few weeks in April but his performance during the ensuing months has made him a contender for the AL Rookie of the Year Award.

Rodriguez been one of MLB’s most productive players, sporting stats of .287/.357/.549 between June and October for a .906 OPS. That puts him as 10th-highest among 134 qualified hitters.

Some highlights of his first year in the majors include a wRC+ of 160, putting him at 7th best in the league, an eighth-inning grand slam on July 15 in Texas that helped the Mariners expand their win streak to an eventual 14, runner-up status in an electric Home Run Derby performance, a three-run homer against the Rangers on July 27 in a late inning and his set up of a walk-off from Eugenio Suarez in the bottom of the 9th on Sept 11th against Atlanta.

Mariners president of baseball operations Jerry Dipoto said "He's an impossible player not to love when you watch him play. And then even when you get to spend time around him, he's just a fabulous guy, he embodies all those things.

But when you watch him on a field, his physical ability is different than most players you'll ever see. And when you go in the Wayback Machine and think through all the postseasons past that you've watched, you'll remember the unbelievable pitching performance by a power pitcher who stepped up, and we've got a handful of those guys that I feel like have those capabilities.

And then you remember the big moments from the athlete on the field to look bigger than life in that time, and I think Julio has a lot of those traits."

Felix Bautista, Orioles

The Orioles' wild card contention for a playoff spot was spurred by Felix Bautista who, until he was put on the injured list in early October, was able to close a number of surprising wins. Bautista’s 99-mph fastball has allowed him to achieve 66 strikeouts in 50 innings and a 1.99 ERA.

Bautista has been with the Orioles as a free agent since 2016 but as his control improves, he’s become an important cog in the team’s successful 2022 season.

In a Baltimore Orioles newsletter, Jon Meoli quoted bench coach Fredi González who said. "We need more guys like him."

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