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Who Needs Hype?
Stephen Cannella
June 10, 2002
Preseason Rookie of the Year forecasts should be treated like your brother-in-law's stock tips: Wait and see. Three first-year players expected to make big splashes this season have struggled, while several who weren't on many It lists two months ago are thriving. With one third of the season in the books, here's a rundown of rookie surprises (statistics through Sunday).
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June 10, 2002

Who Needs Hype?

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Preseason Rookie of the Year forecasts should be treated like your brother-in-law's stock tips: Wait and see. Three first-year players expected to make big splashes this season have struggled, while several who weren't on many It lists two months ago are thriving. With one third of the season in the books, here's a rundown of rookie surprises (statistics through Sunday).

FLAMEOUTS

Sean Burroughs, 3B, Padres. Batting .223 with one homer and seven RBIs when benched on May 27; went on DL with torn rotator cuff three days later.

Hank Blalock, 3B, Rangers. Youngest player (21) in majors on Opening Day was demoted to minors on May 12 with .200 average and just six RBIs.

Carlos Pe´┐Ża, IB, A's. American League's Rookie of the Month for April saw his average drop to .218, then was sent to minors on May 21.

ON FIRE

Austin Kearns, OF, Reds. Recalled on April 17 after Ken Griffey Jr. went down, he's hitting .315 with seven homers and 24 RBIs.

Eric Hinske, 3B, Blue Jays. Rare bright spot in another lost season in Toronto, with nine home runs, 32 RBIs.

Bobby Kielty, OF/1B, Twins. Second among all rookies with .306 average, while filling in ably at first base and outfield for injury-riddled club.

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