Aroldis Chapman is making a stong case to stick with the Cincinnati Reds this spring.
Chapman struck out 5 Brewers in three innings on Wednesday an now has 10 Ks in 7 spring innings.
The 22-yearold phenom’s fastball has been clocked as high as 102 MPH!!
This guy could actually be better than the next Jose Contreras or Rene Arocha.
With all the hype surrounding his prospect status and his spring training play, it would be easy for Atlanta Brave phenom OF Jason Heyward to get overly confident and carried away.
By all accounts, Heyward has remained humble and unassuming and has not taken his opportunity to make the big league club for granted.
But with March Madness and NCAA bracket pools around the corner, Heyward may be showing his cockier more confident side!
“I am the King of March Madness”, Heyward was rumoured to be shouting up and down the clubhouse. “Chipper may know the strike zone but I know my brackets.”
Heyward has apparently won every March Madness pool he has ever entered, including 1992 when, at the age of three, he called the 6th seed Michigan as a finalist.
He called both 8th seeds Wisconsin and North Carolina for the Final Four in 2000 and in 2008 he broke with his underdog strategy to pick an all number one seed Final Four.
“I love March Madness”, said Heyward, ” I just love it”.
Heyward’s pick this year : East Tennessee State.
|1||John Lannan (L)|
|2||Jason Marquis (R)|
|3||Scott Olsen (L)|
|4||Ross Detwiler (L)|
|5||Craig Stammen (R)|
|5||Livan Hernandez (R)|
|6||Chien-Ming Wang (R)|
|7||J.D. Martin (R)|
|8||Garrett Mock (R)|
|9||Matt Chico (L)|
SI.com’s John Heyman is reporting that Red Sox prospect OF Ryan Westmoreland has been diagnosed with a cavernous malformation in his brain and will require surgery to correct it.
A timetable for Westmoreland’s return has not been announced.
I just read the new MLBlog by minor league vet Bobby Scales (2B-CUB).
I am totally pulling for this guy !!
He has certainly paid his dues and I hope he gets his shot this year. The Cubs could use the spark.
I also love that he ditched the Orioles after they traded for him in 2006 !!! Nobody really likes the Orioles do they.
His buddy and Michigan teammate Mike Cervanek (pictured left) made his major league debut last year at age 31 with the Phillies.
Baseball America has ranked the Top 10 WBC prospects; the top international players currently not affiliated with MLB teams.
Much-hyped Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish is ranked first.
Darvish has been dominant in each of the past three seasons and, at 22 years-old, he could be available to MLB suitors when he is just entering his prime.
2006: 12-5, 2.99
2007: 15-5, 1.82
2008: 16-4, 1.88
Players in the top 5 are as follows:
|1. Yu Darvish, rhp, Japan|
|2. Aroldis Chapman, lhp, Cuba|
|3. Hisahi Iwakuma, rhp, Japan|
|4. Masahiro Tanaka, rhp, Japan|
|5. Hyun-Jin Ryu, lhp, Korea|
The Tommy Hanson (SP-ATL) expereince is coming!! Get ready!!
On Minor League Opening Day, Hanson struck out 10 batters in only 4.1 innngs.
For those that can’t do the math – that means 10 of the 13 outs were strikeouts.
He only left early because he was tired of striking people out !!
Jordan Schafer (OF-ATL) became just the 99th player in MLB history to homer in his first major league at-bat. He then singled in his second major league at-bat and was intentionally walked in his third. What a night for the young rookie !
Andrew McCutchen, Matt LaPorta and Fernando Martinez have all just asked themselves what’s really so bad about HGH.
A record number of Jesus’ are expected to play in the major leagues during the 2009 season !!
While popular in a historical context, the name Jesus is only recently catching on in baseball circles. The current Jesus name record was actually just set in 2008 when three different players named Jesus all played in major league games.
If all goes as planned in 2009, the Jesus record could be shattered by the All-Star break.
To date, Jesus Flores (C-WAS) is the lone Jesus to break camp with his major league club and he is expected to be in the Opening Day lineup. Jesus Colome (RP-WAS) has earned a bullpen spot with the Nationals but some Bowden bungling means he won’t play for the Nats until May 15, 2009. Jesus Delgado (RP-SEA) and Jesus Castillo (RP-LAD) impressed during spring training and provide suitable bullpen depth should their teams require. Jesus Montero (C-NYY) and Jesus Martinez (OF-NYM) are top prospects who could also get a mid-season peek. Jesus Arredondo (2B-MEX) is an aging star for Peubla in the Mexican league and could get a mid-season call from a desperate big league club.
David DeJesus (OF – KC), who has a younger brother named Jesus, commented, “This is a great time for baseball and a great time for Jesuses”.
The Jesus watch will continue throughout the season.