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#28 prospect time

So I didn’t write anything on Tuesday because there is nothing really going on of any importance. Today I can’t really think of anything to write about so I’m just going to mention a couple big time prospects that got the call recently. Around this time is usually when teams like to call up some of their top prospects.

First off we have to start with MLB’s number 1 prospect, Yoan Moncada. Moncada was the main piece in the Chris Sale trade between the White Sox and Red Sox this winter. He is an absolutely electric player, just turned 22 so fairly young, this is one of those trades where you can say that really worked out for both sides. Moncada is considered Robison Cano with speed, and I can see why people say that. From the left side (he’s a switch hitter) his swing looks very similar to Cano’s, Moncada might have the same kind of power as Cano but I don’t think he has the pure hitting ability, he has a little more swing and miss to his game. The speed is the separating factor he had back to back 45 stolen base season in the minors.

The second kid I want to write about is the Red Sox, Rafael Devers. I feel this 20 year old kid is only up because the Red Sox third base options suck and the Yankees got Todd Frazier. Yes, he has been a top prospect for years and he has pretty good numbers in the minors this year. He has a good swing and it will play at the highest level but it just feels like his call up was just a last ditch effort to add some power to the lineup. I think Devers will be great don’t get me wrong I just don’t like the timing of this call up, hours later the Red Sox traded for Eduardo Nunez.

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#17 prospect time

About an hour before I’m about to write I jump on Twitter to find that two big prospects are getting the call to the majors. I was all set to write about a subject (I might save it for my next post) then I find out both Jameson Taillon (Pirates) and Albert Almora (Cubs) are getting the call. So, of course, I have to talk about them.

Six years after being the second overall pick in the 2010 draft, Jameson Taillon is finally set to make his MLB debut. If you’re thinking the 2010 draft sounds familiar, there’s a reason for that. The number one pick in 2010 was Bryce Harper and then the number three pick was Manny Machado. Both are clearly superstars and sandwiched between them was the 6’6″ 240 lb right hander, Jameson Taillon. That in itself should speak to his talent and potential, the 24 year old was slowed by injuries or he would’ve been here a lot sooner. 3 years ago he was already in AAA but then he had Tommy John surgery and that’s a year off at least so there goes him making it in ’13-’14. During his comeback last year he has to have hernia surgery so there goes 2015 as well. He’s finally healthy again and ready to contribute to the major league team. He sits in the mid 90’s and has a sharp breaking ball, can strikeout a bunch, doesn’t walk many, looks like an ace at the front of the rotation for years to come. My prediction for his first start tomorrow against the Mets is 5 innings gives up 2 runs walks 1 and strikes out 5.

Because Jorge Soler was running the bases yesterday and he pulled up grabbing his hamstring, the Cubs assume he’s injured so they are calling up Albert Almora. Unless Soler ate a banana this morning and all of a sudden his hamstring was just cramping up yesterday Almora will probably get the call. Unfortunately Almora is more of a center fielder not really a corner outfielder like Soler that’s why I’m not excited as I would be if he was coming up to replace Fowler. But hey Joe Maddon is nuts so he might plan on moving Fowler over to let Almora play center. Almora has gold glove potential in center so I personally think he should play center. I think now is the time to trade Dexter Fowler, they re-signed him because Almora just started hitting to his potential in AA last year. They wanted Almora to have a few months in AAA to make sure he can really hit before calling him up, they didn’t plan on signing Fowler but no one signed him so the Cubs signed him to a one year deal to bridge the gap to Almora. Almora is here Fowler is hot so trade him while you can.

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