Author Archives: Alex Kielar

Brett Gardner Re-signs with Yankees

Alex Kielar | December 12th, 2019

Brett Gardner was drafted by the Yankees in 2005 out of the College of Charleston and returns to them on another one-year deal, worth $12.5 million with a $10 million option for 2021. A few teams were interested in multi-year deals with Gardner, but he showed his loyalty in preferring to stay with the Yankees. The veteran outfielder and clubhouse leader made his debut in 2008 and is the last remaining player from the Yankees’ last World Series victory in 2009, his first full year with the club. Continue reading

Gerrit Cole Signs With the New York Yankees

Alex Kielar | December 11th, 2019

Gerrit Cole was drafted first overall by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2011 MLB Draft out of UCLA. He made his debut in 2013 with the Pirates, where he pitched for five seasons, before being traded to the Houston Astros in the offseason following the 2017 season. He has been one of the best pitchers in the game the last two seasons and had his best season to date this past year.

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2020 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Xavier McKinney, SAF, Alabama

Alex Kielar | December 3rd, 2019 

Xavier McKinney, SAF, Alabama #15

Height: 6’1” 

Weight: 200 LBs

Year: Junior

Xavier McKinney is in his second year at the starting safety role after a breakout year in his sophomore season last year (74 TOT tackles, six for loss, three sacks, two INT, one INT return for touchdown, ten passes defended, two forced fumbles) and he has had another solid year through the regular season. He has a lot of versatility and has the length to even play snaps at linebacker with great tackling ability (leads Alabama in tackles). His versatility will make him a very sought after prospect in the upcoming draft. Continue reading

Mike Moustakas Signs with the Cincinnati Reds

Alex Kielar | December 2nd, 2019

The Reds have finally gotten Mike Moustakas out from under being subject to one-year deals after the last two years and signed him to a four-year $64 million deal. The rebuild in the southwest of Ohio now gets a boost with Moustakas being a great bat to add to the middle of the lineup. Continue reading

2020 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State

Alex Kielar | November 28th, 2019

Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State, #99

Height: 6’5″

Weight: 264 LBs

Class: Junior

Yetur Gross-Matos is a stud edge rusher who has made even more strides from his dominant sophomore season (ninth-ranked 20 tackles for loss) to pretty much guarantee himself as a day one selection. Gross-Matos has been through two terrible tragedies in his life but has shown great courage and resiliency. When he was just two years old, his father drowned in a boating accident and then under nine years later his older brother was killed by a lightning strike on a baseball field. He will continue to play for his father and brother while leaving it all out on the field. Gross-Matos has all the traits to be a leader and an unstoppable force in the NFL. Now let’s get to the grades.

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Big Ten Football: Penn State vs. Ohio State Preview

Alex Kielar  | November 23rd, 2019

The biggest game of the year for both teams, the Penn State Nittany Lions and Ohio State Buckeyes face off on Saturday for a huge Big Ten battle that will decide the Big Ten East. Kickoff is at noon on Fox between the second-ranked Buckeyes and eighth-ranked Lions. Continue reading

Offseason Episode 1: Astros Cheating Scandal and Free Agent Predictions w/ Johnnie Black

Alex Kielar |November 20th, 2019 

Alex Kielar and The Scorecrow creator Johnnie Black discuss the cheating allegations against the Houston Astros, including what sort of punishment/s they might potentially receive. Also, hear what we had to say about the top 15 free agents and where they might land. We also discussed the biggest needs of their teams, the Yankees and Twins, including what they will look like next year. Find us anywhere you find podcasts and be sure to follow us on social media! Continue reading