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#19 draft results

Last night was the MLB draft’s first and second round and now that it’s done and over with I have a couple notes on it. This should be a relatively short post, but no guarantees because once I get talking about prospects I could just go on forever.

I have to mention the first overall pick, Royce Lewis. Lewis being taken 1/1 surprised me as well as most of the guys covering the draft. Not knocking Royce Lewis’s talent level but it was kind of a shock the Twins took a high school shortstop at number 1. He’s at least 3 years away and I personally thought they’d take someone who can make the majors quick so he can help them win now not three years down the road. Now about Royce Lewis, he is super talented and he’s one of those players that you can’t wait until he gets major league coaching and his potential can fly through the roof. He is kind of like a less powerful Javy Baez, he looks like he has more contact ability too but once he faces better pitching who knows, but he has electric tools and an electric personality just like Javy and like Baez he doesn’t have a legitimate position. He has played center field, second base, and shortstop the last three years and each year he won Gatorade high school player of the year.

One of my favorite pics of the draft was the Astros first pick, J. B. Bukauskas. The RHP from the university of North Carolina was the 7th best ranked draft prospect but slid to 15 where the Astros snatched him up. The Tar Heel (more than likely former Tar Heel) throws in the 94-97 mph range with a plus slider/curve that sits in the mid 80’s. Why I like him is because I think he could of gone number 1 but he slid to 15, and he’s actually compared to current Astros pitcher Lance McCullers. They both have fairly similar stuff. I do not think Bukauskas is the most talented pitcher ever but I honestly believe he can make it to the majors pretty quick.

I’ve already wrote about Hunter Greene so I’m not going to go into depth about him. But I want to say I think he went to the perfect team, the Cincinnati Reds with the number 2 pick. He still gets to hit even though he’s probably focusing on pitching now.

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#15 talking Berrios

After watching Jose Berrios pitch yesterday it impressed me so I knew I had to talk about him today. If I recall correctly I actually picked him to be my “player to watch” for the rookie of the year award last year. He’s been a top prospect for a couple years and I like his work ethic, he will be pretty good in the majors in my opinion. The last couple years he has been considered a 4 A player, meaning too good for AAA but still struggles in the majors. After he struggled big time last year in the majors he looks like he finally turned the corner this year.

It’s easy to see what I mean, Jose Berrios through three starts this year is 3-0 with a 1.66 era. That doesn’t look like a 4 A pitcher to me those look like the numbers of a legitimate ace in the making. At just 22 years old this former top prospect is starting to reach his potential. He throws mid 90’s with a devastating slider, the potential was always there he’s just finally tapping into it a little. Like I said I like his work ethic, he has a good head on his shoulders, after last year he wanted to show that he belongs in the major leagues. He started this year in AAA and worked on his change up which is now a plus (above average) pitch and another weapon for Berrios. He doesn’t throw quite as hard but he seriously reminds me of Jose Fernandez (RIP), just the brilliance of his slider and the chance being a legitimate weapon. So based on his first three starts Jose Berrios is looking like he has figured it out. Watch out for the first place Minnesota Twins they have the talent to make the AL central very interesting.

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#7 a new Twin pitcher in town?

Like every blog day I spent the morning gathering my thoughts and figuring out what to write about that day. Today I was all set to write about Noah Syndergaard and why he’s off to a hot start, maybe an hour before I started writing I found out someone I really like is getting the call to the majors. So today I’m going to talk about Jose Berrios and how he can help the Twins this year now that he’s up. Maybe I’ll talk about Noah Syndergaard on Thursday.

The 21 year old right arm of Jose Berrios is (finally) getting a call up to the majors. He really deserved a September call up last year after leading the minor leagues in strikeouts but the Twins didn’t pull the trigger. At least this early in the year they’re actually calling him up its better than later in the year. He’s 2-0 with around a 1 era and 20 strikeouts in 17 innings. In other words he’s dominating down in AAA. He’s only 6 foot tall but his stuff plays a lot bigger than that, mid 90’s heater a plus curveball and a developing change up. Right now he has 2 plus pitches in the curveball and the fastball with a potential third in the change. He works hard and a very good athlete on the mound he should fit right into the MLB. I know I’ve wrote about Berrios a few times already so I’m trying not to sound like a broken record here. I just like the stuff he has and I think he’ll be a stud in the majors so someone you should keep an eye out for. He’s first start should come soon enough and my prediction is 6 innings 1 run and 7 k’s and 1 walk. Should be sound no matter who he faces.

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