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#23 Chicago Cubs

I didn’t really watch the Cubs smother the Indians 17-0 last night. But I woke up this morning and saw something that made me want to complain a little about the Cubs today. Yes, you read that right the Cubs won 17-0 last night and I have something to complain about it. First off before I start, I’m a little busy today so todays post might be super short.

So this morning after the Cubs smashed the Indians, what I saw that bothered me was that Kris Bryant’s 9th inning homerun actually made national headlines. Yeah I know it was his first career grand slam and everything but seriously? Out of everything that happened for the Cubs in that game you take away the homer off a position player? I’ve heard many ex players say that if you’re the guy that doesn’t hit off the position player it is the worst feeling in the world because you’re supposed to hit him. It’s a position player that didn’t throw 95 or anything, not a Bryant hater I just don’t think that Bryant should’ve been the headline. After Wada’s dominate performance he started his post game interviews by saying “I am a badass” in English. He’s Japanese so he doesn’t really know English usually uses an interpreter but Joe Maddon told him to say it. He didn’t know what it meant which made it hilarious and I think it would’ve been a better headline. And of course there was Kyle Schwarber who went 4-5 in his first career start last night. Yes Bryant hit a grand slam good for him but I think Schwarber killing it in his first game should’ve been the bigger headline. It just bothered me, again not a Bryant hater this wasn’t about him it was about the headline from this specific game.

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#12 Kris Bryant/Chicago Cubs

First of all how about that Joey Gallo guy? 3-4 with a homerun and 4 rbis that’s pretty great for a pro debut. And his homer went 440+ feet it was a bomb! I projected him to go 1-4 I didn’t expect him to hit .750 in his debut his swing creates so much torque. So all I can say is if you go to a Rangers game be ready for some tape measure homers.

I want to talk about the Cubs today, Kris Bryant was in left field last night for the fans that might be a glimpse into the future. Bryant is doing alright at third but I think he is actually thinking too much when the ball is hit to him. From the games I’ve watched he fields a grounder then he double pumps and thinks before he throws. It’s not his arm or anything he has plenty of arm strength to play third it’s more of where his head is at. Players who make a lot of errors usually can physically handle the position but not mentally. Let’s look at his minor league career at third, so AA played third made a ton of errors but raked same with AAA and spring training. Then he goes to the majors and has to really work to stay at third because he knows he’s defense will be scrutinized. Because he’s thinking too much he’s only hitting decently with just ok power. If Bryant moved to left he wouldn’t have to worry so much about his defense and probably hit better in the process I don’t think his average will get much higher but his power numbers should. Also moving Bryant to left could open an easy hole for an infielder. Without trading Castro that is, I think they should but the whole cheap club friendly contract probably is the only reason he’s still a Cub. Javier Baez is hitting over .300 in AAA this year and should be in the majors already but the Cubs are causing this logjam themselves. Just make this simple, move Bryant to left, Castro to third, Russell to short, and call up Baez. You already know he can play a decent second base don’t have to teach a new position I think he should play third but that’s my opinion. That would be the easy way out without trading Castro I don’t think Cub fans are happy with him right now can’t hit, can’t field, trade him simple as that. Or at least get him out of shortstop when there is at least 2 better options.

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#11 Joey Gallo

I’ve been waiting for this day since I started writing this blog. The day when a top prospect gets called up but maybe not too many people know about him. This is my way of showing off a little if you know me you know I know about almost every prospect but I don’t get to show it too often. Now I get to talk about one specific player instead of an entire team so this post might be a little short compared to usual. Today I will be talking about the Texas Rangers prospect Joey Gallo.

Joey Gallo, along with Kris Bryant and Bryce Harper, is another Vegas product. I don’t know about you but if I had a son I’d be moving to Las Vegas as soon as possible. The baseball talent coming out of this area is absolutely ridiculous Bryant, Harper, and Gallo. These aren’t just a few players coming from the same place or anything these are top 10 MLB prospects, Bryant and Harper were top 2. Another fact they played little league together all 3! Can you imagine? Harper is the shortest at 6’3″, these three little monsters on same team hitting 400 foot homers by the age of 12. In case you didn’t catch that Gallo has just as much power as the other 2. His 6’5″ and 230 pound frame produces great leverage and easy light tower power he has an 80 power, scouts use a scale called the 20-80 scale a 50 is average and obviously an 80 is the best you can do. Bryant and Gallo are very comparable, similar size with good power Bryant is a little more of a polished hitter meaning he won’t chase pitches out of the zone quite as much as Gallo. But both will hit for good power while striking out a ton and playing questionable defense at third but both have good arms and could stick there for the time being. Gallo has raw power which means in batting practice he can show the power or a pitch down the middle but can he take a good pitch out? It’s a question mark but I believe he can just my opinion. He was hitting .314 in the minors this year so he’s not too bad of a contract hitter but I don’t think he’ll get close to that but .260 is not out of the question. For a 40 homer guy I’ll take that everyday of the week and twice on Sunday. He’s only 21 years old so Ranger fans shouldn’t get too mad if he strikes out a few times today or if he makes an error let him learn a little bit eventually he’ll show that left handed power. He also plays in Texas which is a great hitters park so if he gets ahold of one watch out nose bleed seats. I assume he’ll be in the lineup so my projection for him tonight is 1-4 with 2 k’s I don’t think he’ll hit a homer tonight but I honestly wouldn’t be surprised.

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#10 Pittsburgh Pirates

First I’m sorry I didn’t post on Friday I did something to my shoulder and could barely move at all. Now today I’m going to write about the Pirates specifically their outfield which I think is the best in baseball. I’ve liked the Pirates for a few years now they’ve had a good farm system for awhile now and they’re starting to blossom into major league talent. They sit at 26-24 which is a game behind the Cubs that lands them in third place it doesn’t look like anybody is catching up with the Cards. But they are surging right now and looking like the same team that has been in the wildcard game 2 years in a row. The team is pretty good I don’t think they’ll take over the Cards but I would put my money on them being in the wildcard game. I’m trying to keep these posts relatively short and not ramble on too much so I’ll keep it in the outfield for today.

Let’s start in left field with Starling Marte, he’s not exactly young at 26 years old but that’s right in his prime. He has the tools to be a superstar he just has yet to put everything together and this might be the year. He already has 10 homers and 8 steals this year if you round those out to a full year that’s about a 30-30 guy. He’s only hitting .265 this year but he has hit .290 before so that could definitely go up. He has also stolen 40 bags in a year so the speed has always been there. As in a lot of prospects power is the last tool to develop and he’s showing plus power so far this year. MVP might be a little bit of a stretch but definitely keep your eyes peeled for Marte.

The most established of this big three is obviously Andrew McCutchen. And he is off to a slow start, for Cutch standards at least hitting only .275 with 7 homers he also has 3 steals so it’s not horrible just not up to par for him. I’m pretty sure the former MVP will finish with his usual numbers .320+ avg 20+ homers 20+ steals while playing a pretty good center field. Kershaw had an amazing year last year but if I had a vote I would’ve voted for Cutch to win his second straight MVP. It’s pretty funny when you think about the MVP is the least toolsy of the three and Cutch is pretty toolsy himself.

And finally my favorite of the three Gregory Polanco. He has the tools to be a better version of McCutchen unlike Cutch he’s actually a big guy 6’4″ 225 pounds. The speed is already shinning has 13 steals already this year the hitting ability and power should come eventually. Hitting .256 with 3 homers so far so that should improve throughout the season. When he first came up he was hitting .300 for the first month then the pitchers adjusted to him and he hasn’t quite adjusted back just yet. He has such a sweet left handed swing, just fluent and easy reminds me a lot of Ken Griffey Jr. I can’t say he’ll have the power Junior did but he has that kind of swing. What I didn’t mention is he’s only 23 years old got plenty of time to figure it out. That’s just the outfield they have plenty of talent to win a playoff spot. Didn’t even mention the farm system which is pretty stacked they will be good for years to come so watch out Cardinals.

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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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