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Britton, Pineda lead rookie pitching class

Editor's Note: Jim Bowden's ranking of rookie position players will come Tuesday morning. In addition, all stats reflect Monday's results, except for those of Michael Pineda, who is starting a late game against Minnesota.

The 2010 major league rookie class was one of the best in baseball history. We saw Buster Posey lead the Giants to a world championship, becoming the first rookie catcher to do it since Yogi Berra. Power bats emerged in the NL East as Jason Heyward, Mike Stanton and Gaby Sanchez burst onto the scene. Neftali Feliz closed his way to an American League pennant, Jaime Garcia and Mike Leake led their teams to the top two spots in the NL Central. Brian Matusz and Madison Bumgarner quickly became two of the game's better left-handed starters, while Austin Jackson, Brennan Boesch and Logan Morrison became significant contributors.

This year’s class, albeit not as strong as last year's, is quickly gaining respect, especially in terms of pitching. The American League has 10 of the top 12 pitchers in this rookie class, with the Atlanta Braves representing the entire National League on this list, with closer Craig Kimbrel and now-injured starting pitcher, Brandon Beachy. Here is a scouting report on this year’s top rookie pitchers:

Zach Britton

Zach Britton