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#35 Gary is scary

Today I just want to write a quick post about the Yankees young slugger, Gary Sanchez. I couldn’t really think of anything to write about today so I want to shine a little light on the dark horse for the rookie of the year award. Right now he’s still on the outside looking in but I just want to make a quick case for him and maybe open some eyes.

Gary Sanchez already has 11 homers this year and he didn’t hit his first until a couple weeks ago in Boston. He’s played just 23 games this year he’s hitting .380+ with the aforementioned 11 home runs he might play 50 games so multiply his numbers by 2. That’s very similar to how Trevor Story began the year. And guess what? I also saw Sanchez play the Arizona fall league. It just so happens he won AFL MVP award. What he’s doing in the majors right now is exactly what he did in the fall league and it was impressive. Me personally, I have known about Sanchez for about 4 years, had a great bat and top of the line arm strength but didn’t know too much about catching. He didn’t go to college so he had to learn on the fly throughout his minor league career thats why he’s just now making his impact at 23 years old. If I were a Yankee fan I would actually be a little mad that I had to put up with Arod not producing (because he’s 57 years old and supposedly not using steroids anymore) instead of playing this kid all year. And that ultimately might keep the Yanks out of the playoffs.

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#34 AL east

I couldn’t really think of anything to write about today so I’m just going to talk about the AL east a little. From the beginning it’s always been a pretty interesting division. Now that the season is winding down you can see which teams are serious contenders and which are pretenders. A lot of the contenders reside in the AL east.

Let’s start with my pick to win the division, the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox still have the same problem they’ve had all year, their starting pitching is too weak. David Price wasn’t pitching like his usual self but recently looking like he’s turned it around. After Price there’s Rick Porcello, who already has 17 wins and will probably be a 20 game winner. But that’s it for pitching they really don’t have anyone else except Drew Pomeranz. But the offense is absolutely stacked and that’s why I believe they’ll win the division.

There’s two other heavy hitters in the division, the Toronto Blue Jays and the Baltimore Orioles. But both have even less pitching than the Red Sox so I don’t think either will take the division.

The other team I want to talk about is the New York Yankees. After they traded Carlos Beltran and got rid of A rod (he got fired he didn’t retire) I think they’re a better team. I still think they’ll be on the outside looking in come October but they have some interesting players moving forward. Once they traded Beltran that gave an opportunity for Aaron Judge to finally start in right field. This mammoth of a human should’ve been starting all year but he’s just rookie and you gotta the guy you’re paying a lot of money to (Beltran.). Then there’s the curious case of Gary Sanchez, like Judge should’ve been starting all year. When they (finally) fired A rod it opened a spot for Gary Sanchez at DH/catcher. For years Sanchez was/is considered NYY’s catcher of the future. It took A rod’s to get him consistent at bats at the major league level. He has 9 homers in the last couple weeks.

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#33 award fails

Nothing really happened over the weekend to make me say I’ve got to write about that on Tuesday. So today I decided to write about how much I failed when predicting the awards at the beginning of the season. I’ve never been too good at predicting awards so I’m not too surprised I sucked.

Let’s start with the NL MVP. I predicted Bryce Harper to take it home again but he’s having a slow year. He has raised his average 10 points in the last week. If you take out his average out of the equation he has 22 homers and 17 steals which is not bad at all. But with Daniel Murphy hitting .340+ 23 homers and 90 rbis it’s his award to lose. In the AL I predicted Robison Cano who’s having a very good year hitting .294 with 28 homers and 79 rbis. But Jose Altuve is just having a ridiculous year .364 (!) 20 homers and 26 steals. That’s just an absurd year (and a little over a month left) so it looks like Cano will be SOL come season end.

Now onto Cy young. This is so off it makes me laugh, I predicted Felix Hernadez to win in the AL. I don’t even have to get into his stats let’s just say he has no shot of winning this year. To top it off I said Chris Archer was my “player to watch” and well he already has 16 loses. Now my NL predictions weren’t too bad so I feel a little better. I picked Johnny Cueto to win and he’s 14-3 with a 2.90 era so pretty good year so far. And my “player to watch” was Stephen Strasburg who’s currently on the DL for the second time this year. But he’s 15-4 with 179 strikeouts in 145 innings so far pretty good year if you ask me. Both might get 20 wins so pretty good picks on my part.

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#32 lieutenant Dan

“Came out to try out my sea legs” “but you don’t have legs, lieutenant Dan.” Forrest Gump joke? Anyways lieutenant Dan happens to be Braves rookie shortstop, Dansby Swanson, Twitter handle. I thought it was a good ice breaker. It goes without saying that I’m going to write about Dansby Swanson today, who made his debut last night.

He already made his debut so I can’t predict his first game like I usually do with prospects getting the call. Just because I can’t predict the first game doesn’t mean I can’t write a little about Dansby Swanson today. It looks to me like, also the reason he was drafted #1 overall, that Swanson is identical to future HOFer Derek Jeter. I’m not saying he IS Derek Jeter so don’t take it that way. I’m saying their scouting reports are nearly identical, I’m talking about their pure tools. They both have an average arm, average fielder, average speed, and average power. But they both have a plus hit tool if not plus plus. So much like Jeter, Swanson’s potential is a .300+ hitter 15-20 homers 15 steals and the ability to stay at shortstop long term. And then there’s the “it” factor, the baseball instincts, the stuff you can’t measure, both, Jeter and Swanson, are off the charts in this category. Just remember Jeter played for 20 years, Dansby Swanson has only played 1 game so far. In the long run Dansby Swanson could easily be like Derek Jeter, maybe even a better version of Jeter.

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#31 Bryce is back

Trying to think of something to write about today and nothing really happened over the weekend that peaked my interest. So today I’m just going to write a quick post about Bryce Harper. In case you haven’t heard yet a story came out this weekend that Bryce Harper has been trying to play through a shoulder injury. He didn’t play at all last week, my fantasy team noticed, with a sore neck/shoulder.

After a week of rest Harper came back on Sunday and ripped a double down the left field line in his first at bat. And I know I’m not the only one to notice that he’s looking really good at the plate the last couple games. He also went 3-3 with 2 doubles last night. Based on Harper being the competitor he is he would never admit if he actually was playing through an injury. However it’d make sense because he started off hot, won player of the month in April, then hit a brick wall after playing the Cubs because they walked him 17 times in 1 series. I honestly believe that that series really messed with his head. But eventually pitchers started pitching to him again and would swing and hit it but it would end up on the ground or a popped straight up. It was clear that something was a tiny bit off. Wouldn’t be surprised if he was injured but if the past 2 games are any indication Bryce Harper is going to have an amazing second half.

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#30 tebowing in baseball now

I’m back after my week off and I want to talk about Tim Tebow wanting to play baseball now. I’m not exactly sure where it came from but it’s interesting so let’s talk about it. It’s probably just a gimmick to grab some headlines but it’s still intriguing to me.

First when he played football he was listed at 6’3″ 240 lbs. Don’t know how much he weighs now but I’m pretty sure he didn’t shrink so he’s probably 6’3″. Now that we know he’s got the size to play let’s talk about if he can actually play. If he stuck with baseball I actually think he would’ve been a pretty high draft pick back in 2005. He hit .494 (!) as a junior in high school. But hasn’t played baseball since so can he still play 10 years later? I don’t know however I saw a video of him hitting in a cage and he has a quick swing. But then again everybody can look good in a cage the real test will come when someone throws a curveball at him. If you remember his football career he can run (for a quarterback) so he’ll probably be an outfielder. Based on his high school scouting report he has the potential to be a 5-tool player.

Lastly I have to say it’s sad to see Prince Fielder retire for medical reasons. I hope the big vegetarian finds happiness outside of baseball.

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#29 trade deadline talk

Before I get to writing I have to say that I will be taking Thursday off because I will be heading out of town. I can’t guarantee that I’ll write again next Tuesday but we’ll cross that bridge when we get there. There’s a couple things I want to talk about today so this post will be split. First I want to write about the Red Sox calling up one of their (many) top prospects, outfielder Andrew Benintendi. The other is how I believe the Yankees won the trade deadline.

I’m not going to write the whole post about Andrew Benintendi just a quick paragraph. So Benintendi is getting the call Tuesday to be the Red Sox starting left fielder against right handers. Because he’s a left handed hitter that’s where he’ll start for now. Eventually he’ll end up as the starting left fielder regardless of the opposing pitcher. Benintendi easily one of my favorite prospects, he’s only 5’10” 170 pounds but has one of the quickest bats in the minors. His bat will definitely play in the major leagues.

The majority of people say the Rangers were the winners of the trade deadline because the got Jonathan Lucroy and Carlos Beltran. But not me, I actually think the Yankees were the winners at the deadline even though they were “sellers”. Lets go back to Chapman trade a week ago, the Yankees received 19 year old shortstop Gleyber Torres (#24 prospect on MLB.com) with another top 100 prospect in outfielder Billy McKinney. Now over the weekend they trade Andrew Miller to the Indians for the #22 prospect, 21 year old outfielder Clint Frazier who just so happens to have bat speed comparable to Mike Trout, also they got another top 100 prospect in that deal. They also got right hander Dillion Tate, a top 5 pick just a couple years ago, in the Beltran deal. Recap: they got 4 top 100 prospects for two relievers. Winning.

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