It’s finally June and top tier baseball prospects have been getting promoted all across the majors. Chris Coghlan made his major league debut last June and went on to win the NL Rookie of the Year award. You’ve heard about Buster Posey, Mike Stanton, and Stephen Strasburg, but who deserves the rookie of the week merit this week?

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Today’s Rookie of the Week is…Stephen Strasburg!

Stephen Strasburg, selected by the Washington Nationals as the first pick overall in the 2009 MLB draft, proved to baseball that he was worth all the hype. The low 100s fastball and hard slider–scouts know he’s the real deal–will certainly help his cause at the major league level. He absolutely dominated in his major league debut on June 8th against the struggling Pittsburgh Pirates. Strasburg went seven strong innings, striking out 14 hitters, while only allowing two runs. The only thing that I worry about is the team he did this to. The Pirates are dead last in the majors in runs scored, so although it was probably the most impressive debut by a pitcher all-time, he needs to prove he can handle a solid offensive team. He faces the Cleveland Indians (24th in runs scored) in his next start. Strasburg is surprisingly still available in 9% of Yahoo! formats, so pick him up if possible.

Advice: Do yourself a favor and acquire him however which way you can. He’s probably taken in your league, so figure out a decent deal to get him. Don’t overpay until he faces a good ball club.

Honorable Mention:

Buster Posey, selected 5th overall by the San Francisco Giants in the 2008 MLB draft, has carried his team’s offense on his shoulders. He was hitting so well at Triple-A Fresno that they just couldn’t wait for June to call him up. Posey debuted on May 29th and immediately produced, going 3 for 4 with three runs batted in. Since then he is hitting .444 in 45 at bats and has seven multi-hit games. It looks like they’ve found a home for him at first base while Bengie Molina mans the catching position, which is good news for fantasy owners. The 23-year old is available in 43% of Yahoo! fantasy leagues, and can definitely be a great piece for the second half.

Advice: There’s not a lot of catching talent out there, so if you need a backstop, pick up Buster Posey, because he is NOT slowing down.

Cold Case:

Jason Heyward, the outfield slugger on the Atlanta Braves, has cooled down as of late. After beginning the season with 10 homeruns through his first 45 games, he is batting only .195 with 15 strikeouts in the month of June. Even though he looks like a veteran, Heyward is still 20 years old, and slumps are going to happen. It will be interesting to see how he handles this rough patch in the coming weeks.

Advice: All rookies hit a snag at some point. Keep Heyward on your bench until he gets it going again. Don’t be too quick in trading him because he could turn it on instantly.

On The Way Up?:

Pedro Alvarez, selected as the 2nd pick overall in the 2008 MLB draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates, is a huge bat at the hot corner. He projects roughly 20-25 homeruns a season, while maintaining a solid .290 batting average. If he can live up to those expectations, Alvarez will be a star in no time. Andy LaRoche’s recent struggles at third base will only help Pedro’s cause. He is available in 97% of Yahoo! formats.

Advice: The fact that the Pirates love young players only means Alvarez will see action sooner than later. I think he’ll hit the major league scene by the end of June. Seems like no one knows about him though so there is no need to add him until he’s promoted.

Do you agree with my choices? Did I miss anyone important? Feel free to comment.