This is the first in a series which I hope will cover every Donruss Rated Rookie. We will take a look at each player selected to this unique distinctions and see if they had a career that deserved the moniker of Rated Rookie.
First up, Derek Bell. Derek had a 10 year career playing for the Blue Jays, Padres, Astros, Mets, and Pirates. He had a .276 career batting average with 1262 hits, 134 home runs, and 668 RBIs. Okay stats, but not up to the Rated Rookie standard that we will determine through this series.
Plus, I think off the field antics should play a part in determining if the player deserved the RR label. Derek's also been arrested twice on drug charges [once in 2006 for cocaine possession and again last December of possession of drug paraphernalia].