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    Question 2018 Rookie Class - Where would you rank them?

    https://www.mlb.com/news/best-rookie...47/c-295885062

    I know from a collecting standpoint this year's rookies rank at the top of my list and I can not wait to see how their careers play out.

    Acuna
    Soto
    Ohtani
    Torres
    Andujar
    Robles
    Albies
    Hoskins

    Buehler
    Bieber
    Flaherty
    .............. and the list goes on.

    I really do see each of the above as mainstay players for the next decade. What an incredible rookie class. I have collected some of most of these guys and will be posting from time to time in this thread with additions. Feel free to list some names from the 2018 rookie class that you collect and post up some items that you have collected too.
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    "...it just sounded to me like he felt like he did not do it."

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    I'll start this off with the NL ROY, Acuna:

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    "...it just sounded to me like he felt like he did not do it."

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    Unpopular opinion - Walker Buehler has the best chance for longevity since he pitches in LA and under the tutelage of Clayton Kershaw.

    I'm really high on Harrison Bader. Dude can just play, and is fast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by corockies View Post
    Unpopular opinion - Walker Buehler has the best chance for longevity since he pitches in LA and under the tutelage of Clayton Kershaw.

    I'm really high on Harrison Bader. Dude can just play, and is fast.
    If you are talking among rookie pitchers, then I totally agree on Buehler but I'm not sure why it would be an unpopular opinion. The guy is filthy and his prices are already jumping. I have a few items of his incoming, so I will wait a bit before I post any of his cards.

    Bader is another rookie in this class to keep an eye on. I believe I have a few nice cards of his and I will post some when I get a chance. Are you holding either player? If so, post some items when you have a chance to do so.
    "...it just sounded to me like he felt like he did not do it."

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    Today I'll do, Juan Soto:

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    I also have a Gold Label Auto being redeemed. I'll add that to this post when I get it, if I like the auto quality.

    Let's see some 2018 rookies fellas.
    "...it just sounded to me like he felt like he did not do it."

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    Quote Originally Posted by WCTYSON View Post
    If you are talking among rookie pitchers, then I totally agree on Buehler but I'm not sure why it would be an unpopular opinion. The guy is filthy and his prices are already jumping. I have a few items of his incoming, so I will wait a bit before I post any of his cards.

    Bader is another rookie in this class to keep an eye on. I believe I have a few nice cards of his and I will post some when I get a chance. Are you holding either player? If so, post some items when you have a chance to do so.
    When I said unpopular opinion I meant that I believe Buehler will be the best out of the entire 2018 class.

    Only good RC items I have of Buehler and Bader is a 2018 Stadium Club Photographer's Proof of Buehler (stated print run of 8) and a 2018 Stadium Club Rainbow Foil Bader /25. Not planning on moving either at this time unless some primo Rockies stuff hits my radar.


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    Quote Originally Posted by corockies View Post
    When I said unpopular opinion I meant that I believe Buehler will be the best out of the entire 2018 class.
    That is a bold statement. I was with you but in order for a pitcher to overshadow position players they have to do somethings that are extraordinary. Buehler could be that pitcher, time will tell.
    "...it just sounded to me like he felt like he did not do it."

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    Quote Originally Posted by WCTYSON View Post
    I'll start this off with the NL ROY, Acuna:

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    Quote Originally Posted by WCTYSON View Post
    Today I'll do, Juan Soto:

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    I also have a Gold Label Auto being redeemed. I'll add that to this post when I get it, if I like the auto quality.

    Let's see some 2018 rookies fellas.
    So far your collection is turning out VERY nicely! Love all of them. Keep it up bro

    P.S. I haven't been around here in awhile [MENTION=11981]WCTYSON[/MENTION] (ugh...the offseason, more like off-myself season....joking of course...I'm just not around the boards as much during it) but I got your PM and the answer is no, I really don't have much left of the Topps Update stuff. At least none of the autos/relics/SSP's... but I did keep all the decent Acuna stuff for myself along with pretty much all the base and non-auto insert cards which means I have like 13 sets including a master set and near complete master set. I kept those for the very reason you mentioned in the OP...2018 has one of the best, if not THE best rookie classes I have seen in my life...possibly second only (or just as good) to the rookie class of 2011 Topps Update and look how much those base rookie cards are going for today. Soto & Acuna have the potential to be just as good as Harper & Trout (not saying they will be, just saying both have the raw stuff and potential to reach those lofty projections) and they are in the same rookie class, unlike Harper & Trout. But it doesn't end with just those two...you've got Ohtani, Buehler, Torres, Albies...and on and on. It's nuts!

    As for [MENTION=9603]corockies[/MENTION] opinion...yeah I'd certainly disagree...him being a pitcher with incredible position players in the same class being the biggest factor why I feel this way but I wouldn't argue against him having the best chance to have the greatest career among the rest of the 2018 pitching rookie class.
    Look, I'm gonna be honest with you. I really need a job. And I will take any position, as long as it doesn't involve having sex with old ladies for money or bear traps. Those are my two bugaboos. While mulling over my resume feel free to check out my baseball card collection, it's small and simple, kinda like me - >>>>> https://s822.photobucket.com/user/JDf...ds%20n%20stuff


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    How about some love for Albies?:

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    His autographs can be streaky, to say the least. I think I did a solid job of finding good examples though.
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    albies.
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    From the very limited amount of games I have been able to watch

    TIER 1
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    Acuna
    Buehler

    TIER 2
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    Soto ( boy does watching him and Robles make me know perfectly why Harper was a goner)
    Robles
    Andujar
    Torres


    TIER 3
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    Ohtani (glass breaks and so does Ohtani- reminds me of Darvish)
    Bieber
    Flaherty ( need to watch more of his games- torn right now on him)
    Hoskins (defensive headache & liability don't let him run in late innings)
    Albies




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    Awesome collection WCTYSON!! Them rookie refractors shine so bright I gotta wear shades

    As for ranking the 2018 rookie class, based on a combination of what they have done to this point and their future potential (and nothing to do with their card values)...

    TIER 1 - MVP Potential/Ace Potential
    Ronald Acuna
    Juan Soto
    Walker Buehler
    Gleyber Torres

    TIER 2 - Perennial All-Star (5 WAR) Caliber/Frontline Starter
    Shane Bieber
    Ozhaino Albies
    Jack Flaherty

    TIER 3 - All-Star Potential
    Rhys Hoskins
    Shohei Ohtani
    Victor Robles
    Miguel Andujar

    A few notes....it's incredible that there are four rookies from this class whom I feel are going to be consistently putting up MVP caliber seasons throughout their careers & ELEVEN who, if not already, will be making multiple All-Star appearances.
    The only reason I don't have Ohtani listed as a tier 1 rookie is because I feel he'll constantly be injured to ever win an MVP.
    Why do I have Albies ranked higher than Robles? Am I biased? I don't feel so....Albies plays at a premium position with similar defensive prowess as Robles but I never felt Robles had the sort of hit tool he was praised as having since being drafted. Albies on the other hand has far exceeded my expectations of hitting capability. He has been consistently putting up an OPS above .850 with 20+ home runs and I feel he could easily steal 20 bases in a season as well. So, a defensive wizard at second base who is easily 20/20 capable and Altuve-lite? Yes, I'll take that over Robles. Robles is no slouch either, I just see his career path to be more similar to Jason Heyward, rather than Altuve.
    Flaherty & Bieber both made tier 2 because I put pitching at a premium these days
    Look, I'm gonna be honest with you. I really need a job. And I will take any position, as long as it doesn't involve having sex with old ladies for money or bear traps. Those are my two bugaboos. While mulling over my resume feel free to check out my baseball card collection, it's small and simple, kinda like me - >>>>> https://s822.photobucket.com/user/JDf...ds%20n%20stuff


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    Quote Originally Posted by death2redemptions View Post
    Why do I have Albies ranked higher than Robles? Am I biased? I don't feel so....Albies plays at a premium position with similar defensive prowess as Robles but I never felt Robles had the sort of hit tool he was praised as having since being drafted. Albies on the other hand has far exceeded my expectations of hitting capability. He has been consistently putting up an OPS above .850 with 20+ home runs and I feel he could easily steal 20 bases in a season as well. So, a defensive wizard at second base who is easily 20/20 capable and Altuve-lite? Yes, I'll take that over Robles. Robles is no slouch either, I just see his career path to be more similar to Jason Heyward, rather than Altuve.
    Flaherty & Bieber both made tier 2 because I put pitching at a premium these days
    Agreed on Albies. I'm just holding out hope Robles becomes the player that Albies is currently. Albies is not done progressing though and I think you are correct that he needs to run more, which I could see him reaching your tier one. He is the player I like to watch most currently, in all of baseball.

    Also, nobody has even talked about Devers and Soroka also being in this rookie class.
    "...it just sounded to me like he felt like he did not do it."

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