2020 Topps Series 1 Rookie Review

Topps Series One comes out on February 5th stacked with 51 new rookies to collect. I’ve broken them down into four tiers from The One to pack fillers.

Tier Four - Pack Fillers

Austin Nola - SEA

Anthony Kay - TOR

Danny Hultzen - CHC

Sam Hilliard - COL

Mauricio Dubon - SF

Josh Rojas - ARI

Bobby Bradley - CLE

Patrick Sandoval - LAA

Seth Brown - OAK

Andres Muñoz - SD

Randy Arozarena - STL

Jake Rogers - DET

Travis Demeritte - DET

Jaylin Davis - SF

Robel Garcia - CHC

Bubba Starling - KC

Isan Diaz - MIA

Tyler Alexander - DET

Dario Agrazal - PIT

Adbert Alzolay - CHC

A little harsh, I know, but this is the reality. This group features some older first time rookies (Dannu Hultzen at 30 years old), and people that haven’t hit their stride. There are more pitchers in this area, given that their value as cards are not as high as position players. Put it this way, here are your Sean Reid-Foley’s from last year.

Tier Three - Contributors

Sean Murphy - OAK

Michel Baez - SD

Jordan Yamamoto - MIA

Trent Grisham - MIL

Nick Solak - TEX

Abraham Toro - HOU

Kyle Lewis - SEA

Jacob Waguespack - TOR

Bryan Abreu - HOU

Lewis Thorpe - MIN

Zac Gallen - ARI

Tony Gonsolin - LAD

Rogelio Armenteros - HOU

Zack Collins - CHI

Jose Urquidy - HOU

Matt Thaiss - LAA

Aaron Civale - CLE

Dylan Cease - CHI

Michael Brosseau - TB

Alex Young - ARI

Adrian Morejon - SD

I can see numerous people from this group making the jump to Tier Two. Zac Gallen, Matt Thaiss, Kyle Lewis, Nick Solak, and Trent Grisham all have the tools to make the jump. Most of the players here are under 25, and many of them contributed to their teams. We’ll see most of these players in the majors this year, and might even be worthy of an add on your fantasy team as you push to the playoffs.

Tier Two - Consistent Starters

Aristides Aquino - CIN

Dustin May - LAD

Brendan McKay - TB

Gavin Lux - LAD

Nico Hoerner - CHC

AJ Puk - OAK

Bo Bichette - TOR

Logan Allen - CLE

Jesus Luzardo - OAK

Aristides Aquino finally gets his rookie card after his 2014 Bowman inception. This is thanks to Aquino being the first player ever to hit 13 HR in 100 career at bats. His auto went from a $2 auto to a $60 auto almost overnight. McKay is a top 10 prospect right now, and was decent in his time last year (4.03 FIP). Any lefty pitcher tends to be hyped up a bit more. Hoerner is the Cubs best prospect, so he gets a boost because of the big market that his team plays in. He’s only 22, so his rookie card will hold value. Bo Bichette (I feel the need to type his first and last name) is even younger than Hoerner (21 years old). He’s already proven that he can play in the majors after posting a .929 OPS at the shortstop position. Jesus Luzardo and AJ Puk have both been anticipated for what seems like a while now. They’re Oaklands #1 and #2 prospects, and will perform once they cement themselves into the rotation this year. Lux and May have been talked about a ton because they’ve both been rumored to be part of a Mookie Betts trade with the Red Sox and for good purpose. Lux is a power hitting shortstop/second baseman that plays plus defense. May, “Gingergaard”, has three plus plus (not a typo) pitches that make him a contender for a number one pitcher. Logan Allen is also a top 100 prospect, who wasn’t as sharp, but still only 22. He’s got too much potential to be in tier three.

Tier One - The One

Yordan Alvarez

As you may have noticed, I missed the AL Rookie of the Year, Yordan Alvarez. That’s because I feel his rookie card is the one you should be chasing in this set. Alvarez is going to finish with above a 1.000 OPS, close to 40 home runs, and at least 100 RBI’s this year and on. He’s got to become more disciplined at the plate (25% K rate), but that’s the only knock on one of the best pure hitters in the game already. Oh, and he’s only 22 years old.

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