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Exploring The Most Intriguing 2024 Topps Series 2 Rookie Candidates

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A new baseball season means new baseball card releases! Topps recently announced their 2024 Topps Now Road to Opening Day sets which are available on their site until April 4th. These Road to Opening Day cards are sold as 11-card team sets.

Most teams have at least one rookie in the set, some have already appeared in the 2024 Topps Series 1 release, and some will be in the 2024 Topps Series 2 or Update Series.

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2024 Topps Road to the Opening Day rookies

CardLines will give you all the rookies available in the Road to Opening Day sets, where they appear in flagship releases and a preview potential 2024 Topps Series 2 rookies.

PlayerTeamRookie Status
Jordan LawlarArizona DiamondbacksPotential RC in Series 2
Heston KjerstadBaltimore OriolesPotential RC in Series 2
Shōta ImanagaChicago CubsPotential RC in Series 2
Pete Crow-ArmstrongChicago CubsPotential RC in Series 2
Braden ShewmakeChicago White SoxPotential RC in Series 2
Noelvi MarteCincinnati RedsPotential RC in Series 2
Hunter GoodmanColorado RockiesPotential RC in Series 2
Parker MeadowsDetroit TigersPotential RC in Series 2
Nick LoftinKansas City RoyalsPotential RC in Series 2
Jordyn AdamsLos Angeles AngelsPotential RC in Series 2
Kyren ParisLos Angeles AngelsPotential RC in Series 2
Yoshinobu YamamotoLos Angeles DodgersPotential RC in Series 2
Kody FunderburkMinnesota TwinsPotential RC in Series 2
Austin WellsNew York YankeesPotential RC in Series 2
Lawrence ButlerOakland AthleticsPotential RC in Series 2
Woo-Suk GoSan Diego PadresPotential RC in Series 2
Yuki MatsuiSan Diego PadresPotential RC in Series 2
Jung-Hoo LeeSan Francisco GiantsPotential RC in Series 2
Kyle HarrisonSan Francisco GiantsPotential RC in Series 2
Masyn WinnSt. Louis CardinalsPotential RC in Series 2
Osleivis BasabeTampa Bay RaysPotential RC in Series 2
Junior Caminero Tampa Bay RaysPotential RC in Series 2
Jackson RutledgeWashington NationalsPotential RC in Series 2
Elly De La CruzCincinnati RedsTier 1, Series 1
Jasson DominguezNew York YankeesTier 1, Series 1
Evan CarterTexas RangersTier 1, Series 1
Colton CowserBaltimore OriolesTier 2, Series 1
Nolan SchanuelLos Angeles AngelsTier 2, Series 1
Ronny MauricioNew York MetsTier 2, Series 1
Henry DavisPittsburgh PiratesTier 2, Series 1
Marco LucianoSan Francisco GiantsTier 2, Series 1
Jordan WestburgBaltimore OriolesTier 3, Series 1
Christian Encarnacion StrandCincinnati RedsTier 3, Series 1
Gavin WilliamsCleveland GuardiansTier 3, Series 1
Sal FrelickMilwaukee BrewersTier 3, Series 1
Zach GelofOakland AthleticsTier 3, Series 1
Tyler SoderstromOakland AthleticsTier 3, Series 1
Curtis MeadTampa Bay RaysTier 3, Series 1
AJ Smith-ShawyerAtlanta BravesTier 4, Series 1
Andrew AbbottCincinnati RedsTier 4, Series 1
Reese OlsonDetroit TigersTier 4, Series 1
Trey CabbageHouston AstrosTier 4, Series 1
Emmet SheehanLos Angeles DodgersTier 4, Series 1
Jacob AmayaMiami MarlinsTier 4, Series 1
Abner UribeMilwaukee BrewersTier 4, Series 1
Johan RojasPhiladelphia PhilliesTier 4, Series 1
Quinn PriesterPittsburgh PiratesTier 4, Series 1
Nick GonzalesPittsburgh PiratesTier 4, Series 1
Jared TrioloPittsburgh PiratesTier 4, Series 1
Luis MatosSan Francisco GiantsTier 4, Series 1
Cade MarloweSeattle MarinersTier 4, Series 1
Emerson HancockSeattle MarinersTier 4, Series 1
Luken BakerSt. Louis CardinalsTier 4, Series 1
Davis SchneiderToronto Blue JaysTier 4, Series 1

2024 Topps Now Road to Opening Day debuts 23 new rookies who could have their flagship rookie cards in 2024 Topps Series 2. The list is headlined by Junior Caminero, Jordan Lawlar, Pete Crow-Armstrong, Noelvi Marte, and Yoshinobu Yamamoto.

Although some players were included in insert and autograph sets in 2024 Topps Series 1, they haven’t received their flagship rookie cards. They’re likely coming in Series 2.

I’ll wait to do full writeups until the official checklist comes out, but here’s a quick overview of the best potential rookies in 2024 Topps Series 2.

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The best potential rookies in 2024 Topps Series 2

Junior Caminero

Baseball America Grades: Hit: 55 | Power: 80 | Run: 55 | Field: 50 | Arm: 60 | Overall: 70

If he’s in 2024 Topps Series 2, his rookie card is the one to rip for. The only 2024 prospects/rookies I like more from an investment standpoint are Jackson Holliday, Jackson Chourio, and Wyatt Langford. Caminero has 80-grade power with above-average speed and contact ability.

He made his MLB debut in 2023 but will start the 2024 season at Triple-A. I don’t expect him to be in the minor leagues for long.

Jordan Lawlar

Baseball America Grades: Hit: 60 | Power: 55 | Run: 70 | Field: 55 | Arm: 60 | Overall: 60

Lawlar hits for both average and power while also possessing game-changing speed. He hit 20 home runs and stole 36 bases in 105 minor league games last season.

Injuries have been the issue for Lawlar, and the Diamondbacks just announced he will miss the first two months of the 2024 season as he recovers from thumb surgery. He’s expected to make a full recovery but won’t be on the field anytime soon.

Pete Crow-Armstrong

Baseball America Grades: Hit: 55 | Power: 45 | Run: 60 | Field: 80 | Arm: 55 | Overall: 55

With the return of Cody Bellinger to Chicago, Pete Crow-Armstrong will start the 2024 season in Triple-A. PCA profiles as a contact/speed leadoff hitter and is already an elite defender in centerfield. He’s expected to grow into at least average power as he gets stronger. Still, he hit 16 home runs in 2022 and 20 in 2023 during his stint in the minor leagues.

Noelvi Marte

Baseball America Grades: Hit: 55 | Power: 60 | Run: 55 | Field: 45 | Arm: 60 | Overall: 55

It looked like Marte was set to make the Opening Day roster, but then the league announced a suspension of 80 games for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug. It’s an unfortunate way to start the season after Marte slashed .316/.366/.456 in 35 games with the Reds last season.

Yoshinobu Yamamoto

FanGraphs Grades: Fastball: 60 | Slider: 55 | Curveball: 60 | Splitter: 70 | Command: 80 | Overall: 65

If Yamamoto was prospect-eligible, FanGraphs would slot him in as the second-best prospect in baseball. The 25-year-old signed the largest free agent contract ever for a pitcher, and he hadn’t yet pitched in a big league game.

He’s a potential ace who could win the 2024 Rookie of the Year and Cy Young Award. He isn’t my top pick from an investment standpoint, but you can’t ignore a future ace.

Final thoughts

That’s our quick look at the 2024 Topps Now Road to Opening Day and a preview of the rookies that could appear in 2024 Topps Series 2.

Check this space for more updated information on the 2024 Topps Series 2 rookies as information becomes available.

Shop for 2024 Topps Road to Opening Day cards on Topps.com

Nicole Cahill

Nicole Cahill

Nicole Cahill is a freelance writer with recent bylines at Pitcher List and Fish On First and also works at a local card shop. She’s a baseball fanatic, mental health advocate, and Zack Greinke’s biggest fan. You can find her on Twitter at @NicoleCahill_ and Bluesky at @NicoleCahill.bsky.social
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