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Top Right Fielders and Future Star

By: Jon

1) Jose Bautista – Blue Jays

Jose Bautista
Jose Bautista

One of most feared hitters in Major League Baseball today, Bautista is a great hitter because of his quick wrists and brilliant eye. Bautista has some of the quickest wrists in baseball, which allows him to turn on any fastball and hit it out of the park. During the three previous seasons, Bautista hit 124 HR, while maintaining a solid .270 average. Jose has hit 124 HR over the last three seasons, although he missed half of last year with a serious wrist injury. Bautista is on pace to have another great season, .256/ 19 HR/ 49 RBI/ 55 runs. Jose Bautista is a solid fielder as well. Although he does not have any hardware to show for his efforts, Jose as one of the best arms in baseball, able to throw out any runner trying to advance. Bautista is currently third in baseball among outfielders with 7 assists.

2) Giancarlo Stanton – Marlins

Giancarlo Stanton
Giancarlo Stanton

If one was to ask a baseball fan who had the most power in MLB, over 90 percent of those people would answer with Giancarlo Stanton. Since completing his first full season in 2011, Stanton has hit 79 HR and 195 RBI. This season Stanton has struggled because of injuries and a lack of protection in the lineup. Similar to Cano, Stanton is not seeing the same pitches he saw the previous years because teams will not let him beat them. Besides Stanton, the Marlins have no other hitters that can intimidate a pitcher. Giancarlo feels that he must carry the entire lineup, which can put a lot of pressure on a young player, like Stanton. However, Stanton will find a way to turn it around because of his power and skill. Stanton, like Bautista, is not a great fielder, but has a great arm. Stanton can throw out any runner who is willing to test his arm.

3) Carlos Beltran – Cardinals

Carlos Beltran
Carlos Beltran

Although Beltran is on the wrong side of 30, Beltran is still producing great stats. After a renaissance last year where he hit 32 HR and knocked in 97 RBI, Beltran is having another great season for the second place Cardinals. Beltran is on pace to top his numbers from last season, .308/19 HR/50 RBI/44 Runs. Beltran is going to be a borderline Hall of Famer because of his great success in the postseason and his solid career numbers. The seven time All Star should be invited to Citi Field for the mid season classic because of his great start. Although Beltran does not have the speed that made him a 3 time Gold Glover at center field, Beltran still can cover a lot land in right, while maintaining his solid arm.

Future Star: Yasiel Puig – Dodgers

Yasiel Puig
Yasiel Puig

One month ago, the future star would have been Rays super prospect Wil Meyers. However, “Puigmania” has hit MLB by storm propelling him to stardom. Puig plays the game with the same amount of intensity as Bryce Harper, which many people thought could not be duplicated. Puig has played only 26 games and many people, including myself, feel that Puig should be playing in the All-Star game this July. Puig is hitting an amazing .436/7 HR/16 RBI/19 Runs/4 SB. The stats that jumps out to me the most is his WAR. Even though Puig has played less than a third of the Dodgers’ games, he is 46th in baseball in WAR and 16th among outfielders, ahead of Braun, Ortiz, Beltran, and Harper. Puig is a thrilling defensive player. In only a month of baseball, Puig has gunned down numerous amounts of greedy runners and run into walls in order to catch fly outs. Puig will definitely win a Gold Glove during his career because if his speed, arm, and intensity.

Stats from Baseballreference.com and pics from ESPN.com

Pettitte makes history for the New York Yankees, but does it warrant a Hall of Fame entrance?

By: Jon

Of the thirteen Hall of Fame pitchers that pitched for the New York Yankees over their 110 year career, no pitcher has ever recorded more strikeouts than Andrew Pettitte. On Monday night, Andy became the Yankees leader in career strikeouts by striking out Justin Morneau in the fifth inning. During Pettitte’s 18 year career, 15 of his years has been with the New York Yankees. Pettitte has struck out 2386 batters during his lengthy baseball career, 1958 of the strikeouts are with the Yankees. Although Pettitte may not be the best pitcher to ever play for the Yankees, he is one of the best statistical pitchers in Yankees’ history.

Andy Pettitte
Andy Pettitte

Now the debate begins. Is Pettitte deserving of entering Cooperstown? Although Pettitte has been a great Yankee pitcher and a fan favorite, he will probably not enter the baseball Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame is suppose to be only for the best and most dominant baseball players of all time. Although there are a few players, who do not deserve to have their name be in the Hall of Fame, the Hall of Fame committee usually makes the correct selections. Although Pettitte may have the stats, 250 wins, 2000+ K, and a five time World Series champion, he was never the most dominant pitcher in the game. Personally, I feel that the Hall of Fame should be reserved for the players who are the most dominant at their respective position. Although Pettitte was close to winning the Cy Young Award in  1996, Pettitte never won the award, which will greatly diminish her chance of making it into the Hall of Fame. Other stats that hurt Pettitte’s chances is his WHIP and ERA. Andy only had an ERA under 3.00 three times in his career, which shows his lack of dominance (career ERA 3.87). Along with his ERA, Pettitte’s WHIP does not scream Hall of Fame worthy, 1.352 career WHIP. Pettitte only had a WHIP under 1.20 twice during his 18 year career.

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However, many people, who believe Pettitte should be in the Hall of Fame, will point to his great postseason accomplishments. Pettitte has pitched in the postseason 14 times during his 18 year career. He has made 44 starts and won 19 career games. Pettitte’s 19 wins during postseason play is a MLB record. Along with most wins, Pettitte has the most starts and innings pitched in postseason history. All three of his records are destined to stand for at least another decade. No other active pitcher is close to topping Pettitte’s records. Unless the Yankees can rebound and make the playoffs again, Pettitte will not be able to pass John Smoltz for most career playoff strikeouts. Most importantly, Pettitte has led the Yankees to five World Series championships.

Five time champion
Five time champion

Although Pettitte is one of my favorite pitchers and an absolute gamer, who gives it his all during every start, he is not a Hall of Famer because he has not been one of the most dominant pitchers during his era.

Stats from Baseball reference and pics from espn.com

Top Center Fielders and Future Star

By: Jon

1) Mike Trout – Angels

Mike Trout
Mike Trout

Mike Trout is the best all-around player in baseball because of his ability to hit, run, and play defense. After one of the most complete seasons in baseball history, Trout has followed his rookie season with another solid season. Trout is on pace to have another MVP caliber season, .315/13 HR/20 steals/57 runs/52 RBI. As the stats depict, Trout has the ability to do everything he wants while at the plate. Although he may not be leading the league in runs or steals, Trout will still garner a lot of MVP votes. Everyone who watches ESPN knows that Trout is a great defender because of the home runs he robs and the web gems he catches. The biggest joke of the MLB season last season was that Trout didn’t win a Gold Glove last season. However, he is the favorite to win the award this year because of his arm and speed.

2) Andrew McCutchen – Pirates

Andrew McCutchen
Andrew McCutchen

Andrew is one of the brightest stars in major league baseball today because of his physical skills and talent. The 27 year old outfielder is a superstar and the main reason why the Pirates are in their current position. Last year, McCutchen had a career year finishing third in the NL in the MVP vote because of his .327/ 31 HR/ 96 RBI/ 107 runs/ 20 steals. McCutchen is on pace to top most of his numbers that he accomplished last year, which could lead him to the MVP, if the Pirates continue their success. The Pirates will be good for a number of his years with McCutchen leading the team. Along with winning the Silver Sluggler award last year, he won the Gold Glove award. McCutchen is destined to win a lot more Gold Glove awards because of his speed, arm, and instincts.

3) Adam Jones – Orioles

Adam Jones
Adam Jones

Jones was acquired by the Orioles in a deal that significantly altered their future. In deal that sent Erik Bedard to the Mariners, the Orioles were able to net Adam Jones and starter Chris Tillman. Adam Jones is a young star, who had a breakout season last year. Jones is on pace to set career highs in HR, AVG, SB, RBI, and Runs. He is currently batting .292/ 15 HR/ 56 runs/ 57 RBI/9 SB. Along with being a great hitter, Jones is a very athletic player, which allows him to be a great defensive player. In the last four years, Jones has won 2 Gold Gloves, but he should win a lot more in his future. Jones is part of a great Orioles lineup, which has helped him and the rest of his teammates have career years. Many people should keep an eye on Adam Jones because one day he may be a serious candidate for the Hall of Fame.

Future Star: Oscar Tavares – Cardinals

Oscar Taveras
Oscar Taveras

Oscar Tavares was voted as the third best prospect in baseball by both MLB.com and Baseball America. In his last four minor league seasons, Oscar has batted over .300. Last season, Tavares had a break out season at Double-A with 23 HR, 94 RBI, and .321 averages. Although Oscar has been unable to reproduce last year’s stats at Triple-A because of his injuries, he is having a solid season, .306/ 5 HR/ 32 RBI. Tavares is projected to be an above average defender because of his great speed and arm strength. Expect him to be called up quickly and become an immediate star.

stats from baseball reference pics from espn.com