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7 MLB Rookies Who Have Unexpectedly Become X-Factors For Their Teams in 2016

For a Major League Baseball team to experience success, it’s necessary to receive contributions from all 25 men on the active roster. However, because of injuries, lack of production or a combination of the two, it normally takes even more than that to reach the postseason and contend for a World Series title.

That’s why those under-the-radar signings in the winter are so important. You know what else is important? The contributions from rookies, who began their season in the minor leagues, but are ready and able to make a significant impact at the big-league level.

The following seven rookies are in the future plans for their respective organizations, but may have not been expected to do a whole lot in 2016 after starting the year in the minors. Upon getting promoted, they’ve done one of two things:

  1. Fortify the roster for an expected playoff run in October.
  2. Help those far-fetched dreams of reaching the postseason not seem so crazy.

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Tigers Starters Heading In Different Directions

Fulmer, michael tigers debutIt’s not that Anibal Sanchezwas truly ever performing well this season in the rotation, but that he was actually in the rotation,before being removed yesterday by manager Brad Ausmus and sent to the bullpen with a 3-6 record and 6.67 ERA and 1.68 WHIP.  On the other hand though, both Justin Verlander and Michael Fulmer were off to rocky starts with both really pulling it together in recent outings.

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