Making it in the majors: the best MLB rookie seasons

[post_page_title]Fernando Valenzuela[/post_page_title]
Year: 1981
Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Ever heard of Fernando Mania? The trend started as early as Valenzuela’s first month in the majors, when he was an 18-year-old, un-hittable phenom. The Dodgers’ left handed pitcher struck out 180 batters in 192.1 innings pitched that season. He wrapped up his rookie year with a 13-7 record, 2.48 ERA and 1.045 WHIP, during a season that was split in two due to a players strike. He was 9-4 when the season was interrupted. Valenzuela would go on to have a 3-1 record in the postseason.

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