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MLB Call Ups So Far: Hot Rookies

We're only a month into the season but which MLB rookies have been the most impressive?

I know it's only a month into the season. I know it's way too early. I know, I do. I'm going to delve into the best-looking MLB call-ups so far in 2022. 

Seiya Suzuki

I warned you all to Seiya prayers. Sorry, I'm not sorry. This pun will never die. Suzuki smacked 38 homers for the Hiroshima Carp and led NPB’s Central League in batting average in 2021. In 2022 he decided to cross the ocean and play in MLB. While he has cooled off a little in the last two weeks, he's still posting a 142 OPS+ and slashing .250/.365/.475 for a .850 OPS. His patience and plate discipline have been very impressive. The statcast numbers like his bat as well. Suzuki is the real deal for the Chicago Cubs who desperately needed a plate presence like his. 

Bobby Witt Jr.

Bobby Witt Jr. was arguably the most hyped rookie to start the season. He hasn't quite found his rhythm at the plate yet, but he's been exciting for Royals fans who have needed that in a bad way. 

Steven Kwan

It's difficult for me to call Kwan 'diminutive' when he stands the same height as I do, and I'm not the shortest person out there. By athlete's standards, he's small at 5'9. Kwan has been a breath of fresh air in this MLB era of three true outcomes. This man just does not strikeout. In 78 plate appearances so far, has only struck out seven times. As if that's not good enough, he's walked 10 times. In 2022, any player who walks more than they strikeout is an anomaly. His slash line? Oh, just a cool .328/.423/.484 which is good for a .907 OPS. Very few players can slash a 900 OPS with so little power. Kwan is one of the most fun rookies in the league so far. While he might not hit .328 all year, Kwan has been a true breath of fresh air. The Cleveland Guardians have a good one.

Julio Rodriguez

Julio Rodriguez, aka, J-Rod, has a personality that made him one of the most anticipated rookies in the league. The Seattle Mariners are on the rise, so watching Rodriguez was one of the biggest storylines. Much like Witt Jr, Rodriguez hasn't quite found his niche at the plate. Some blame poor umpiring, but in reality, it's quite okay for a rookie to struggle. Odds are, he's going to find his stroke. 

Jeremy Peña

Not nearly as hyped as Rodriguez or Witt, Jeremy Peña has certainly surprised. He already has six home runs and has already posted a 1.6 bWAR. Peña can certainly hit the ball hard. His power has come with a very high strikeout rate, but as a rookie, this is likely to round out a little. He will likely be a high strikeout player, but not this much. Still, with six dingers he's been a wonderful addition to the Astros who lost Carlos Correa last season.

Keibert Ruiz

Traded from the Los Angeles Dodgers to the Washington Nationals last season, Ruiz has already made his presence felt on the rebuilding Nationals squad. He's slashing .275/.306/.388 with a 106 OPS+. This is all in a lineup that will struggle for some time. Ruiz is bound to improve even on those respectable numbers, and his presence behind the plate has already been impressive.

Last Thoughts

Who did I miss? Who has been your favorite rookie so far in the 2022 MLB season? Let us know on Twitter @EnFuegoNow and @ajontheguitar.