Ten #MLB Players to Watch in 2015

This article is about 10 players in MLB that I am intrigued by going into this season. These players are at various stages of their careers. Some are big name MLB All-Stars, some are considered the future stars of the game and some are looking to take that big step in their career to become an All-Star. I have 5 players from the junior circuit and 5 from the senior circuit.

AL:

White Sox – Adam Eaton – OF

Eaton is a player who I think is on the verge of being an All-Star if he can stay healthy. Eaton who just turned 26 in December is one of the games talented youngsters that is below the radar. Eaton only played in 123 games last year due to injury and while he will not be mistaken for a Home Run hitter (only had 1 HR last year) Eaton is a force at the plate. Eaton hit .300 last year with 26 doubles and 10 triples as well as an OBP of .362. If Eaton can stay away from the injury bug and play 150 games plus I think this youngster will surpass 100 runs scored easily and have close to 50 doubles and triples combined. He has great speed although while he is a bit of a base stealer that he is an aspect of his game that he can improve. At the end of the 2015 season I believe everyone will be considering Adam Eaton one of the top center fielders and lead off men in the game.

Yankees – Nate Eovaldi – SP Continue reading Ten #MLB Players to Watch in 2015

College Baseball Central Top 25: 3/16/15

Another week of college baseball is in the books, and it was yet another week of carnage across the sport. The damage done starts right at the top as College Baseball Central’s incumbent number one team, the Virginia Cavaliers, fell all the way down to 11 after an 0-4 week that included a sweep at the hands of the Virginia Tech Hokies.

The Florida Gators, after winning two of three against the Tennessee Volunteers to open SEC play, slide up into the top spot.

Also suffering a precipitous fall were the North Carolina Tar Heels, who fell from 5 all the way to 19 after dropping a midweek game to Coastal Carolina and losing two of three to Pittsburgh over the weekend. Rounding out the big fallers is the Oregon Ducks, who drop to 24 from 14 after going 1-4 for the week. They dropped two games to San Francisco in the midweek before losing two of three to Cal over the weekend.

Vanderbilt is the first big jumper of the week, as they move from 8 to 4 on the strength of a 5-0 week that included a sweep of Arkansas to open their conference slate. Much the same, South Carolina moves from 13 up to 9 after sweeping Kentucky.

Small upward movers include Texas, from 9 to 12 thanks in part to the drops of UVA and UNC, but also due to their tough series win against West Virginia. Miami moved up from 17 to 14 after their 5-0 week, including a sweep of NC State. Continue reading College Baseball Central Top 25: 3/16/15

2015 AL West Season Preview

The West has seen a changing of the guard with more possible changes coming in the near future. The Rangers use to be the class of the division is now a team struggling to be even a .500 team. The Astros are coming but are just not there yet. The A’s it be interesting to see if they will be in the race this season or sellers at the deadline. The Mariners and Angels are the class of the division this season.

Angels:

I like the Angels this coming season to make the playoffs although there are area’s of concern. Mike Trout for my money is the best player in baseball and him and King Albert are the key cogs of the
Angels lineup. The Josh Hamilton situation has to resolved as some sort of suspension looms. The Angels need a quality season from Hamilton but what will they get from him? How big will the suspension be and what will Hamilton be this season in terms of his mental aspect after a relapse? The Angels rest of the offense will be put together with nice pieces lead by Aybar, Joyce, Calhoun, Freese and Ianetta. They can ill afford a long term injury to Trout or Pujols. I like the Angels pitching staff as it is very good and deep. Garrett Richards probably misses the month of April but he will lead the rotation for most of this season. While Jared Weaver is lo longer an ace he is still a front of the rotation guy. The Angels have a whole host of other choices this year between Shoemaker, CJ Wilson, Santiago and newly acquired Andrew Heaney. TJ Skaggs shouldn’t be a factor this season as he recovers from Tommy John. The bullpen is strong lead by Huston Street and Joe Smith.

Prediction: 2nd Place and one of the Wild Card spots –

Houston: Continue reading 2015 AL West Season Preview