How do you overcome horrid starts by Matt Kemp and Jason Heyward and still win an experts league championship? I have no flipping clue. That’s the predicament I find myself in this morning down 91-85 in Ottoneu.
On Twitter, I’ve previously discussed Fred McGriff as the ultimate “stick it to the man” baseball hall of fame pick. The “Crime Dog” dropped bombs everywhere he played and was a pillar of consistency for over a decade. When home runs were hard to come by, he was hitting 30-35 home runs per season. When flashes in the pan were hitting 50 home runs, he was still belting 30-35 home runs per season.
Yesterday, I took a look at Kris Bryant and how his entering the Cubs organization shakes up the depth chart. Tonight, I’ll take a 180 and focus on Colin Moran who fits with his new organization better than any other player taken in the first round.
most interesting pick of the 2013 draft was Kris Bryant to the Chicago Cubs. The third baseman/right fielder enters an organization with a logjam on the left side of the infield and some guy named Soler in right field who I hear can play a little bit. If Bryant were a high school talent, the pick would be a non-issue. As a college hitter, he’s the same age as a number of the Cubs top prospects he’ll be competing against. Bryant’s entering the picture shakes up the organizational depth chart in a big way.
The Rangers’ Single-A outfield of Jordan Akins, Nick Williams, Lewis Brinson and Nomar Mazara included more talent than most minor league teams have on an entire roster. From a scouting standpoint, the quartet represented a full spectrum of talents and abilities ranging from the lottery ticket with superstar upside to a high floor player without flashy tools. For somebody looking to learn more about prospect writing from a first hand perspective, consider the Hickory team a prerequisite 101 course.
Seeing Hickory on Friday and Saturday night was an experience. Each night, at least six prospects worth writing about were in the starting lineup causing overload. Throughout both games, I found myself missing home-to-first times, throw times, etc. due to writing about the previous batter. With so many bats, I spent very little time behind home plate except to check velocities for a brief period. It was a fun, but frantic pace.
Each year, Charleston is a must see team because everybody loves reading about Yankees prospects. This year’s roster had considerably less talent than in 2012. In fact, many of the best prospects were at the same level last season which is never a good sign.
It has been a busy few days in the world of prospects as two, top-100 players debuted (Nick Franklin and Kevin Gausman) with a third on the way (Michael Wacha). Let the mad dash to the waiver wire begin! Yesterday on SiriusXM, I was asked if owners should be signing Franklin and I said he was more of a wait and see guy. At that moment, I didn’t consider how weak the shortstop position has played this year. If Franklin is eligible at that position, he’s worth grabbing now. If he’s listed as utility with a position TBD, I’d probably hold off.
As we near the end of May, Kyle Blanks has the second best wRC+ on the San Diego Padres at 143. I’m infatuated with Blanks and believe he would be an upgrade at first base, outfield, or designated hitter for a number of teams. This season, he appears to be coming into his own as a hitter. Blanks has always been able to take a walk and flash power, but lower strikeout totals have fueled his strong start.
Recently, I’ve been looking for a couple of prospects to scoop in the Ottoneu Experts League. Right now, managers are scrambling to stay in the money mix, so it’s a perfect time to swoop in and snag a couple of prospects for $1. One player I’m considering is Houston Astros shortstop prospect Jonathan Villar.
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