The 2016 MLB Draft

Saturday, June 11, 2016

      With no definitive #1 pick in this draft, the Phillies, Reds & Braves had to just hope for the best with who they liked. Many mock drafts pegged AJ Puk to go #1 overall. I was thinking Jason Groome might, and I also was very big on Corey Ray. I looked into Corey Ray a little more and really wanted the Reds to grab him but nothing happened as I expected. The Phillies took Mickey Moniak, an Outfielder out of La Costa Canyon HS. He projects very well but wasn't expected to go #1 overall. The Reds were pegged to pick 3B Nick Senzel by a lot of analysts and that's exactly what happened. Senzel is a polished bat who hits for average and makes a lot of contact. He is coming from Tennessee #2 overall. The Braves took the first pitcher of the draft. Ian Anderson is a right handed high school pitcher. He leaps over AJ Puk, Jason Groome, Riley Pint, and several pitchers projected to be picked before him. Puk dropped to #6 going to Oakland and Groome fell out of then top 10 going #12 to Boston. Let's hope the Braves history of developing pitching holds true here with Ian Anderson.
      This year's draft was full of talent but lacked that exciting "stand-out" player to talk about. I look forward to reading up on some of these first round guys. With these three teams in obvious rebuilds it seems like the Phillies are on track to contend first because they're having a much better year right now than people expected them to have. In my opinion I don't know why rebuilding teams draft high schoolers in the first round. I feel like you should go for the safer bet being the proven talent. That's all I got for tonight.

Another Streak Ends, Trumbo, Bumgarner and his bat

Tuesday, June 7, 2016


In the past week…

      Here is a quick snapshot of what’s been going on in the majors this past week.
We’ve seen Xander Boegarts hitting streak come to an end. I really love watching
a hitting streak once it is over 20. It creates such excitement and you just want to
see that player go deeper into the streak. Boegarts may have seemed like an
unlikely person to chase this but so did Bradley Jr. the week before.
Joltin’ Joe DiMaggio holds a record that may never be broken, but man oh man is
the chase exciting!

      We’ve seen Corey Seager turn up the heat as of late. He hit 5 homeruns in a series.
One game he sent 3 into the seats and just like that I’m back to being convinced he is
the real deal. In my neck of the woods, Cincinnati seems to have found their left fielder
that has eluded them for the entirety of them being in contention. Adam Duvall is his
name. Duvall was acquired from the Giants in a trade that sent Mike Leake to the Bay.
Duvall is currently batting over .260 and has 16 homeruns. It’s still early but could we
possibly be talking about a NL ROY? Corey Seager, Aaron Nola, Adam Duvall? We’ll see….

      In Baltimore you have one of my favorites, Mark Trumbo. This guy was a stud coming
through the minors and when he debuted with the Angels he seemed like he was going to
be a huge powerhouse. Then injuries progressed and he seemed to have lost his talent.
Well, he is back! As I write this Trumbo leads the majors with 19 homeruns and batting .295.
Those are pretty nice numbers considering you’re in a lineup with Crush Davis, Adam Jones, & Manny Machado. I want to see him succeed and wouldn’t mind seeing the O’s take the east. Now if only they could address the pitching.

      In the AL Central we recently seen the Indians make a statement by sweeping the Royals. With a young core in Cleveland we may be in the midst of watching a team getting it’s feet underneath them. Last night Trevor Bauer got the win and had 10 K’s. Salazar isn’t looking too bad at all. Guys are clicking right now and it’s exciting. I’m excited to see how the playoffs shake out this year with all of the unfamiliar faces (in recent years) playing baseball in October. With that being said, what happened in Chicago? I mean the Cubs are still playing like they have a purpose but at one point this season the White Sox were right there with them and now they’re almost a .500 ball club. Touting a 29-28 record fans have got to be upset after such a hot start. Frazier coming to the south side seems to have sparked some excitement with him performing well but now something is wrong. They recently acquired James Shields from San Diego but will that be enough to get back in this? The question to ask may be, will Shields even be an impact player now? Perhaps his best days were in Tampa when him and David Price were the 1-2 punch. It will be interesting to see what happens before the all-star break.

      Madison Bumgarner has made it clear that he is interested in being in the home run derby this year. Whaaaaaat?!? The pitcher has hit 11 homeruns now in his career and there are some interesting stats floating around that suggest he is just as good a hitter as Mike Trout and Bryce Harper in the last 190 plate appearances. I’m not convinced that he is that good of a hitter given that he isn’t consistently getting at-bats every night but it is definitely something that I’d like 
to see assuming that it doesn’t take away from a more deserving hitter.