When we look at the baseball lows of rookie production, there are a few eras that immediately come to mind. The early 80s and the mid to late 90s. Those have to be some of the worst rookie crops in recent memory. Here are some of the rookie of the years from that era:
- 1995 – Hideo Nomo and Marty Cardova
- 1996 – Todd Hollandsworth
- 1998 – Ben Grieve and Kerry Wood
- 1999 – Scott Williamson
- 2000 – Kaz Sasaki and Raffy Frucal
The 2000s was a time when talent was coming into the league at an amazing rate, I don’t know if it was a generational leap, where the next generation of hitters and pitchers were significantly better than the players from the 1990s. Unfortunately I really do believe that this current crop of hitters and pitchers, talent level has peaked.
These last two years the crop of rookies have been boring. There are of course players that have come up and have dominated. Guys like Evan Longoria, David Price, Buster Posey, Pablo Sandoval, and Stephen Stasburg. Look at the players who have garnered the most interest from a prospecting point of view. Guys like Pedro Alverez, Rick Porcello, Gordon Beckham, Andrew Bailey, JA Happ, and Chis Coghlan. These players have cards that have spiraled out of control over the past few years, only to come back down to earth.
Collectors seem to be drooling for any kind of rookie prospect that they can sink big bucks into. Of course the card companies know this and use it to their advantage signing these prospects to big card contracts and passing the cost down to the collectors. I’m not gonna lie, but I love collecting rookie cards like everyone else, but come on enough is enough.