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#9 LA Dodgers/Yasiel Puig

Yesterday I talked about the Angels so today might as well talk about the other LA team. The Dodgers have some good prospects I could talk about. Corey Seager, the next Cal Ripken, or I could talk about Julio Urias, the 18 year old pitcher in AA already, or even Joc Pederson, the young center fielder with a power-speed combo. But I don’t really want to talk about them just yet I want to write about Yasiel Puig I don’t like him much so if you’re a Dodger fan you might not like me too much. But before I get into Puig I’ll talk about how the Dodgers are doing so far this year. 46 games in and they’re cruising at 28-18 which is good enough to be in first place for now. The Giants are actually only 1 game back and I don’t think the Dodgers are as good as last year. They lost Hanley Ramirez, Dee Gordon, and Matt Kemp that offense isn’t exactly easy to replace. Kershaw is pitching like just an average pitcher so far this year and Ryu is out for the year with a shoulder injury. I wouldn’t throw up the white flag or anything yet but I don’t think they’re as good as last season.

Now time for me to rant a little about Puig. If you remember when he first came up he was all rage “he’s on a hall of fame pace” he’s amazing” and I thought it was very stupid. Now everybody sees what I saw back then, a .280-.300 hitter with average power and average speed. The bad base running and bad fielding doesn’t really help his cause. Got a cannon for an arm of course but he takes pretty bad routes in the outfield. That can be learned though same with his base running, I can’t even count the number of times I turned on the Dodgers game to see him getting thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double or going first to third or simply getting picked off. Let’s not forget his complete disrespect on the field waging his finger at the runner after he throws him out or the bat flip when it’s just a double off the wall. Show a little respect for the game, I couldn’t care less about how he acts off the field but show the game the respect it deserves on the field. That’s the main problem I have with Puig I don’t like how he acts on the field. His tools can play but I’m not ok with acting like a little leaguer or something I mean come on you’re in the majors these players work as hard and harder to get where you are. I would still take him on my team, everything I complained about is teachable. He’s not a horrible player it’s just his attitude needs some adjustments.

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#8 LA Angels/Mike Trout

I’m back from my trip, saw some family, saw the Nats beat the Cubs it was a good time. I had a blast but I got to get back to my regular schedule which includes writing this. So today I’m going to write about the Angels more specifically Mike Trout. And I know my cousin has been waiting on this one. Maybe a little bit about how they mistreated Josh Hamilton so this will probably be a short one. First and foremost got to talk about how they’re doing so far this season, who are just 23-23 just a normal .500 team. I honestly don’t see anything too special about them yeah they have the MVP but what else? Pujols, Weaver, and Wilson are all past their prime not saying they’re bad just saying they’re on the older side. Then they traded Hamilton for nothing and I really don’t see a good team like last year.

Alright I can talk about Trout for hours so I’ll try to keep this relatively short. Let’s talk about how Trout is doing this year before I talk about last year. This year he’s not doing bad or anything, he’s no Harper though (for my cousin) but .290 11 homers with some stolen bases I’ll take it. I don’t think those are MVP numbers but I don’t think he put up MVP numbers last year either. Hitting .280 and leading the league in strikeouts that’s not too MVP to me. If it was the Trout from a year or two ago I would of gave it to him in a heartbeat, hitting .320 25+ homers 80+ rbis to go along with 30+ steals those are MVP numbers of course Miggy put up better numbers. When Mike Trout was a prospect he tore through the minors he didn’t have the power he transitioned into but he was easily the fastest guy out there. Throughout the minors the most homers he hit in a year was like 15 but he stole 60+ bags a year. But he packed on like 20-25 pounds of muscle now he hits 30+ homers a year and discarded his speed, last year that is, this year he’s stealing some bases. I don’t see him cutting down the strikeouts I just think the majority of the pitchers found the hole in his swing. It’s the pitch up in case you didn’t know, he can hit anything and everything down but he can’t hit the fastball up at all, not just the 95+ he can’t hit the mediocre fastballs either. As long as you can get it up if you miss your spot well you should know what happens.

Now about Josh Hamilton, man I feel bad for him the Angels treated him like he was a bum. So during the offseason he had shoulder surgery which for a normal player is no big deal but for a recovering addict like Hamilton it’s a little different. All those pain killers eventually caused him to relapse and Hamilton being the good guy he is went and turned himself in as soon as it happened. And didn’t violate any rules but apparently the Angels got mad and thought he deserved to get suspended and the owner made the same comments. I mean the whole thing was messed up the Angels paid him a bunch of money they knew he had a risk of relapsing when they signed him. I was in aww when they traded him to the Rangers AND payed 70+ million of the 80 million left AND got nothing in return. They treated him like dirt it was ridiculous.

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#7 Detroit Tigers

For those who actually read this I will be going out of town for a few days so this might be my last post until Wednesday or so. I do however have the app so if something comes up and I just have to write about it I could. But these posts actually take some time to write and I think I’ll keep pretty busy. That being said lets get to it, today I want to talk about the Detroit Tigers. I have family in Detroit and some family who are tiger fans so let’s talk about them today. The Tigers are a pretty good 25-17 team but unfortunately they’re 2 games behind the Royals because nobody saw the Royals coming (sarcasm I totally saw them coming even called them being in the WS). Detroit’s farm system is a stinker and has been for a few years I can talk about the nobody prospects they have but who really cares? So I’m going to keep it in the majors this time and talk about 2 players I really like, David Price and Nick Castellanos.

Start with the starter in David Price. He is a big left hander with big fastball that is easy 94-95. That is really good for a lefty he throws in a good breaking ball and change but he attacks with his fastball. I’ve watched and liked him since the beginning when he was the #1 overall pick out of Vanderbilt. So far this year he’s 3-1 with a 3.32 era which is good but honestly I believe he can be a 20 game winner with this offense behind him. He will have 200 strikeouts you can pretty much guarantee that but I will say a 20 game winner as well.

Now I want to talk about someone that probably goes unnoticed, Nick Castellanos. He’s only hitting .240 with 4 homers and 19 rbis which isn’t too special but if you watch this kid he has the potential. Just a reminder he’s only 23 years old so a young kid but he is also pretty big 6’4″. He was a pretty good prospect so I’ve known about him for awhile he has good gap to gap power a lot of doubles some homers this will make a pretty good slugging %. Plays a pretty good third base, you know how they traded Prince Fielder a couple years back? It was so they could move Miggy to first and let this kid play. He has great potential so last thing I’ll say is Tiger fans watch out for this kid.

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#6 Minnesota Twins

Today I’m going to talk a little about the Minnesota Twins more specifically their farm system. I’m not really that interested in their major league team I’m more interested in the farm system because it’s been one of the best in baseball the last couple years. As for the majors, the Twins are a very surprising team to be over .500. They really don’t have that one superstar that’s leading the league in some stat they just have a bunch of players playing good. It reminds me of the Giants in the playoffs just squeaking by and winning. Of course I’m not saying the twinkies are going to even be in the playoffs but they’re playing good right now.

Before I talk about the Twins I got to set the record straight for Bryce Harper. I’ll try to keep this PG which won’t be easy I’m a little fired up. He’s probably going to get a bunch of crap for getting ejected last night. It was completely ridiculous so he takes a very low strike no big deal he just shook his head and got ready for the next pitch. At this point this point Matt Williams (manager) was chirping from the dugout yelling that was low, nothing new right? So then the ump calls time so he can yell back at Williams, Harper steps out of the box while the two are yelling back and forth. Then you can read the lips the ump told Harper to get back in the box Harper said I was standing right there then when Harper went back to put his foot in the box he got tossed. Really? For what? You can’t just toss a player because you don’t like him so that’s why me and a bunch of people think the ump will be hearing from the MLB. Unless Harper said something under his breath that only the umpire caught there is absolutely no reason for him to get ejected.

You can’t talk about the Twins and not mention Byron Buxton. Who is the number one prospect (ahead of Kris Bryant and Carlos Correa) he is a true 5 tool player. To make it even more simple he is Mike Trout 2.0. Now Trout was obviously a terrific prospect but he never showed the power he has today not even in the slightest 10-15 homers a year at most. He has the exact same tool set as Trout did at the same point except for one thing, the power. Buxton would probably be a 20 homer guy in the majors right now and that’s actually his worst tool. And another thing the number 2 overall pick in 2012 has over Trout is Buxton has a good throwing arm. Another prospect I want to mention is Jose Berrios a 20 year old (almost 21) starting pitcher. He is just an all around good pitcher sits around 93-94 mph with a good change and a good breaking ball. And he’s got great work ethic and he can simply pitch. He’s not a huge dude or anything only around 6 foot but I can’t stress this enough he can pitch. At such a young age you usually look for good stuff then hope you can teach him how to pitch but Berrios already knows how to so watch out for this kid he’ll be good.

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#5 Boston Red Sox

This is my 5th time writing this blog and I still have no idea how to start it. Today I’m going to write about the Sox, some of their players and going on a rant about Yoan Moncada. They’re only 19-20 so under .500 and only 3 games out in the surprisingly mediocre AL east.

The pitching they have is just ok at best they don’t have an ace and that’s putting it mildly. They paid 80 million to Rick Porcello whose a number 2 at best probably around a 3 or 4 to be realistic. If I was him I would’ve taken that money too he’s only 25-26 about to be a free agent so he signed a 4 year deal worth a lot of money and he will be a free agent at the age of 30. And Clay Buchholz has only pitched 200 innings once in his career so they’re missing that genuine ace at the top of the rotation like a Cole Hamels. It’s been talked about all offseason and so far this season so why haven’t they pulled the trigger? Honestly I don’t know it just makes sense to me and everybody else. Boston can easily afford the rest of Hamels contract and they have a deep enough farm system to pull off a big trade. So why not? Supposedly the Phillies are asking for Mookie Betts in return the Sox are reluctant. Betts is Andrew McCutchen Jr both are small (Betts 5’9″, Cutch 5’10”) steals plenty of bases, plays above average defense, hits for average with good power. But they have 7 prospects in the top 100 but you’re telling me the Phillies don’t want any of them? So either the Phillies or the Red Sox are being a little to greedy.

I want to talk about Yoan Moncada because many people probably don’t know who he is. Before I get started just know I do like him he is talented but there are certain things I don’t like. He’s a 6’1″ish 200 lb switch hitting 19 year old infielder from Cuba. He’s got the talent and everything he’s compared to Robinson Cano but I think that is a little too much. I can’t really tell you about his stats or anything because he’s season just begun in A ball. He only hit around .270 for the Cuban national team granted he was only a 19 years old but I don’t think that deserves 31.5 million dollars which is a record by the way. Under 21 years old results in different guidelines then the Puig, Abreu, and Chapman kind of international money. Like I said he is talented but I think that 31 million is way too much. Bryce Harper who has already proven he can hit major league pitching, even at 19 and is only getting paid 2.5 million this year. Now the second part I don’t like, as soon as he signed they put him in the top 100 prospects of course. The part I didn’t like is that he got put at #9 before he even saw a pitch in professional baseball. Which is ahead of many prospects who’s had success in the minors and even the majors like Jorge Soler and Joc Pederson. He’s got the talent to be a top 10 prospect but let’s pump our brakes and see if he can hit in the U.S. Or not.

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#4 New York Yankees/Arod

I had no idea what to write about this time so I’m just going to rant about Alex Rodriguez. The Yankees are surprisingly in first place and they’re playing the Nats tonight. I know quite a few Yankee fans, so yeah I’m just going talk about Arod today so this post might be short.

I have this one specific memory of my grandpa, it was when Arod was still just a young gun or even a rookie. He told me “watch out for this kid he’ll be great” he was half right about that one. He also said watch out for Frank Thomas so he went 1 for 2, hitting .500 I’ll take it. Anyways back to Arod, I’ll get to his stats and how he’s doing this year later I want to talk about biogenesis. It baffles me that the fans gave him a standing ovation his first game back did they already forget what he did? This is so much more than just steroids, the other players who got caught in biogenesis thing (over half were current or former Yankees just so you know) even Ryan Braun whose despicable in his own, was like “hey I cheated the game you caught me” but not Arod. When the Miami newspaper published what biogenesis was really up to Arod tried to outright buy his files from them for an insane amount of money so he wouldn’t get caught. Once that didn’t work he actually threatened to kill Tony Bosch who then ratted out every player in exchange for less jail time. When Bosch interviewed on 60 minutes he completely ratted out Arod and all the texts between them and everything. He said he supplied Arod since his Texas days. It gets worse, he then got suspended over 200 games and not surprising he filed an appeal. He played through his appeal which I don’t like but it’s nothing new that’s the process. He lost the appeal and ended up getting suspended for the entire 2014 season. After which he fired his lawyers and sued them, he sued the players union for “not representing him fairly”, he sued the Yankees and their team doctors/trainers so you can say he’s a sore loser. I believe he came to his senses and dropped all the lawsuits. He’s batting .250 with 10 homers and 22 rbis which is ok for a 39 year old. But he’s still dead to me and he was on of my favorite players so it’s unfortunate no matter what he does I doubt he’ll get this fan back but hey I guess Yankees don’t care. That was a joke teasing the Yankee fans. I bet my blood pressure was pretty high while I wrote this.

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#3 Houston Astros

Lucky number 3. This time I’m going to be talking about the surprisingly first place Houston Astros. Who are a surprising 25-13 and are 5 games up on the AL west.

Based on the trades they pulled off in the offseason I thought they’d be ok until June/July when they call up their big name prospects. They traded a couple of good prospects when they got Evan Gattis, who’s of to a slow start .188 avg 7 HRs 20 rbis, but is still pretty good. I don’t think he really has a position besides DH he’s got a decent arm but he’s pretty big for a catcher the Astros haven’t even tried him there. They’ve got a pretty good outfield with Colby Rasmus, Jake Marisnick, and George Springer probably one of the most athletic ones in the majors so Gattis doesn’t really fit in there either. So I had some questions when they traded for Gattis and then signed Rasmus.

Let’s talk about George Springer because I like him a lot. He went 30-30 in the minors almost 40-40 in case you don’t know that means 30 homeruns and 30 steals. He’s going to hit for some power probably 25+ homers good speed 30+ steals and he probably won the gold glove already with his plays in April. He’s not going to hit for much of an average and will strike out plenty but his speed/power combo is great. His stats as of now are pretty good he’s only hitting .190 so hopefully that improves but 6 HRs and 10 steals already is not too shabby.

I can’t talk about the Astros without bringing up Carlos Correa. The #1 overall pick in 2012 at 17 years old this kids talent if off the charts. He’s a 5 tool player the comparisons to Troy Tulowitzki are uncanny. Like Tulo he’s a bigger shortstop and should put up MVP numbers yearly if he stays healthy which has been his only downfall in the minors. He has hit at every level so far all while being the youngest player. He’s hitting .360+ with 7 HRs and 33 rbis (which leads the minors) and 16 steals at AA and AAA this year. And that’s just a little over a month of games. They, meaning the experts, say he just has he’s just has decent speed but he’s stolen plenty of bases at every level so I don’t think it’s just a “decent” tool. He’ll be up in the majors sometime in June which will make the Astros even better. Oh yeah what I didn’t mention he’s only 20 years old. I’m not going to say the Astros will win the AL west but with Correa up and the team they already have they have a good shot.

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