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MLB: Ranking The Potential NL Rookie Of The Year Candidates

3. Aledmys Diaz

Current 2016 stats: .312, 14 HR, 57 RBI, .374 OBP, .893 OPS (95 GP)

Projected: .312, 22 HR, 90 RBI, .374 OBP, .893 OPS (149 GP)

The Cuban native has immediately become one of the top shortstops in the National League in the matter of 95 big league games. With numbers resembling the line which the 25-year-old possesses, Rookie of the Year consideration is inevitable.

He only continues the trend of exceptional scouting by the St. Louis Cardinals organization. Whether it be unthought of minor league talent or bringing someone over to the United States, the player development staff has to be given the credit it righteously deserves.

If any follow-up act is put forth in 2017, Diaz will be well on his way to an outstanding big league career.

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