Who you got? Better yet, what are you trying to accomplish? Are you looking to bolster your rotation with a high strikeout, high upside arms? Or are you looking for control artists with less than a strikeout per nine with the ability to eat innings and pitch deep into games?
As we wake up in the new month of August, partially hung over from the intense trade deadline from yesterday, we have some fresh new faces in the closer role. There will also be some new teams entering the frustrating “closer by committee” approach. With the trade of Keone Kela to the Pirates, Jose Leclerc becomes my favorite add for immediate save help in all formats. I have some thought that Leclerc should have been closing over Kela in the first place. Let’s play a quick “who’d ya rather”
There’s a revolution going on in baseball right now. A swing revolution, that is. Many players are changing their swing to put more loft on the ball and also to hit the ball harder. For several, this has led to a power increase and more home runs. While it’s not a tried and true method for everyone (just ask Leonys Martin), many players have enjoyed an increase in production over the past couple years with this change.
The call to the Majors is one of the most exciting times in a player’s career, right behind actually getting drafted. Not everyone that is called to the Major League is destined to be there, but even if a player is only up for a day, they are still a Major League Baseball player for the rest of their lives, and no one can take that away from them.
I am puzzled each time I see the Chicago Cubs lineup on any given day and fail to see the name of Albert Almora Jr. The team’s number 1 pick from the 2013 draft (6th overall), and not to be discounted as the first under the Theo Epstein regime, has become the player the organization hoped for when he was drafted out of Mater Academy Charter School in Florida.
When we are this early in the year it is usually easy to pinpoint the stars on each team. The usual suspects generally show up when the team starts off well. Sometimes though, we have players that step up to help their teams that fly under the radar. We will go through the top 10 teams in baseball and also highlight a player from each team who may not have been expected to perform at the level in which they have.