The most unlikely name among the National League batting leaders is Scott Podsednik, the Brewers' 27-year-old rookie centerfielder, who in nine years as a minor leaguer had a career average of .265. At week's end the 6-foot, 170-pound Texan, whom the Brewers picked up off the waiver wire from Seattle last October and became an everyday player in May, ranked 10th with a .318 average and was also second in the league in stolen bases, with 36. He could become only the sixth rookie in major league history to hit .300 and steal 40 bases.
What's more, Milwaukee had won 14 of its last 19 games, with Podsednik hitting .375 over that span. "He's a late bloomer who's just starting to understand what it takes to hit at the big league level," says Brewers hitting coach Butch Wynegar.
Adds manager Ned Yost "I always felt there was something there, but I can't say that I thought he'd be in the running for rookie of the year."