Gaby Sanchez, Jason Heyward, Mike Leake, Stephen Strasburg, and Starlin Castro have received all the accolades heaped upon the National League rookies this season, and as analysts would have you believe the Rookie of the Year Award winner will be coming from that group. I'd like to toss another name into the ring- Jonny Venters. Who? Well, you're gonna find out.
The lefty reliever has appeared in 52 games and has hurled 57.2 innings. That's not going to grab him Rookie of the Year honors though. What will his his impressive 1.09 ERA, 17 holds, 4-0 record, 61 k, and 1.01 WHIP. The 25 year old 30th round draft pick in 2003 has been one of the best relief pitchers in the majors this season. Venters has become a trusted in arm in Bobby Cox bullpen. He's held opponents to a .169 batting average and may be pitching himself into consideration for closer Billy Wagner's successor. One thing is for sure, he's going to start getting recognition with those type of numbers.