- Jim Bowden, ESPN Insider
You know them, though you might not remember them. We’re talking about rookie flashes in the pan -- Joe Charboneau, Bob Hamelin and Bobby Crosby, to name a few. However, you remember the rookies who go on to Hall of Fame careers, guys like Cal Ripken Jr. and Derek Jeter.
This year's class of rookies includes five players who have lasting power and -- barring injury -- should enjoy Hall of Fame or near Hall of Fame careers. Here is a quick glance at the five rookies possessing the best long-term futures, ranked in descending order of future greatness:
Darvish has been as good as advertised since coming to the major leagues from Japan. He’s gotten off to an impressive start, going 7-2 with a 3.25 ERA in 10 starts. His 66 strikeouts in just 61 innings against major league hitters illustrate his ability to miss bats with an assortment of pitches, from two- and four-seam fastballs, a slow curve, hard curve, slider, cutter and changeup.