Top Catchers and Future Star

By: Jon

Major League Baseball is entering a very entertaining time. There are dozens of young baseball players that will be future stars and possible hall of famers like Yansiel Puig, Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, and Matt Harvey.

Top catchers:

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Courtesy of NBC Sports

1. Yadier Molina – Cardinals

Currently, Yadier Molina is the favorite for the NL MVP award because of his incredible defense, solid hitting, and leadership. Yadier Molina defense is so good that it overshadows his superb hitting. Yadier Molina is also known for his great ability to handle a pitching staff. Molina is a main reason why the Cardinals have the second best ERA in the league. Yadier has won 5 straight Gold Glove awards. Besides for his great defense, Molina is a solid offense player. For the last three years, Molina has batted over .300. Last year, Molina hit a career high 22 HR and finished fourth in the MVP race. Although Molina is not produce a lot of RBI and HR, he is a clutch player and the leader of the first place Cardinals and a two-time World Champion.

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Courtesy of Davis Enterprise

2. Buster Posey – Giants

The current owner of the NL MVP, Buster Posey is a true star in today’s game, but still has a lot of potential. Similar to Molina, Posey does not have to hit a lot to greatly affect his team. He is the leader of the Giants at the young age of 26. The two-time World Series champion has never not won the title when he played a majority of the season. Buster is on pace to match his 2012 stats, 24 HR and 108 RBI, which were good enough to win the MVP last year. Posey is below Molina on the depth charts because he is not able to guide the pitching staff, like Molina.

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Courtesy of ESPN

3. Joe Mauer – Twins

The 2009 MVP has finally returned to his All-Star form after a down year in 2011. Although Mauer will probably never return to his MVP form where he hit 28 HR and batted .365, he can still be a Hall of Fame catcher with a .330 batting average and 15-20 HR. Mauer can blame his own club for the lower home run totals. Target Field is on of the largest stadiums in MLB. The three-time Gold Glove winner will probably return to his Gold Glove form if he does not fully switch to first base or right field. Unlike Posey and Molina, Mauer has not won a significant amount of playoff games, which partially drops him in the rankings.

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Courtesy of USA Today

Prospect on the rise: Salvador Perez

The 23 year old catcher for the Kansas City Royals has a chance to become the best catcher in MLB in a few years. Over the first three years of his career, Perez has a .305 batting average. Scouts expect Perez to improve on his power number, only 3 HR this season, as he continues to mature. Perez is known as a solid defensive catcher, who has the ability to guide a pitching staff. Currently the Royals have the 5th best ERA in the league.

Doc Rivers to the Clippers

By: Evan

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Well it’s official Doc Rivers is the new head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers. After many trade proposals, the Celtics have accepted the Clippers’ offer for a 2015 unprotected 1st round draft pick. The Clippers now take on the remainder of Doc’s contract calling for a $7 million dollars per year for 3 years. So what does this mean for both sides….

For the Clippers: They just hired one of the best and most respected coaches in the game who has championship experience. Doc’s hiring should also be the determining factor in Chris Paul’s resigning with the Clippers in free agency. Doc brings a certain level of strictness the Clippers lacked during Vinny Del Negro’s tenure.

For the Celtics: Well it looks like the dynasty is over, bye bye Boston Three Party. The Celtics first need to hire a new coach and start the rebuilding process.The 2015 first round pick will help aid Boston in the rebuilding process. The Celtics also have a myriad of bad contracts that desperately need to be dumped, including Kevin Garnett’s 2 year 24 million dollar deal as well as Brandon Bass’ 2 year 13.5 million dollar deal. Paul Pierce is also getting old and is on the last year of his contract that is only partially guaranteed. The Celtics are looking to trade Pierce to a contender for a first round draft pick in either this year’s draft or a future draft. There are also rumors that PG Rajon Rondo might want out of Boston considering the current turmoil. A Rondo trade will signify the end of a once great dynasty in the Eastern Conference.

Puigmania! But is he an All-Star?

By: Evan

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Yasiel Puig was called up to the Dodgers on June 3 and has since swept the baseball world. His batting average is an insane .442 with 7 home runs and 14 RBI’s. He has dazzled fans with spectactular plays in right field as well as his Bo Jackson like cannon for an arm. With the MLB All-Star Game rapidly approaching there has been much speculation about whether Puig deserves a spot on the NL roster. Managers Bruce Bochy and his manager Don Mattingly have both said Puig needs to earn his place as an All-Star. I for one believes he deserves a spot, Puig brings energy to any game he plays in and his tremendous stats give further evidence to my argument despite the small sample size. But the decision is not mine and it will come down to fan votes.

All stats from ESPN