MLB.com is doing the typical run-up to the season stuff. Yesterday they ran a piece on break-thru players from Japan. Mentions none other than Kosuke as the best of the bunch.
He will wear No. 1, and he is No. 1
In today's article, they declare he's also a decent bet for Rookie of the Year.
Fukudome has as much of a chance as anyone to take home some hardware.
There's a lot of young talent to compete against. MLB.com lists the following:
Clay Buchholz (BOS) - guy's got a no-hitter already and is still a rook.
Joba Chamberlain (NYY) - of course. the human hype machine.
Evan Longoria (TB) - name recognition helps, and confuses.
Jay Bruce (CIN) - this guy may drive us nuts for several years.
Colby Rasmus (STL) - considering the lack of talent in St. Louis, he could start this year. Another hi-upside prospect right in our division.
Brandon Wood (LAA) - power hitting short-stop.
Luke Hochevar (KC) - Had a cup of coffee, now projects in to the rotation.
Cameron Maybin (FLA) - The center-piece of the Cabrera/Willis trade.
Andy LaRoche (LA) - Has to beat out Nomar. In other words, remain standing all Spring.
We'll get to see the top 3 NL candidates quite a bit this year, or so it appears.