Javier Baez proving to outplay Castro; Cubs lose to Rockies
I hope the owners choke on the words, “Castro is our shortstop.” OK, fine, let’s just let one of the best prospects right now play his heart out during spring while Castro sits and gets paid. Hey, he’s a Cub, he’ll probably end up as trade bait. Castro better scoot over and let this kid play short anyway, because with the amount of errors and the lack of hitting from the past season, I am very displeased. However, I am speaking from the fan prospective. As I always say, I will sit here with my curse hoping and wondering like always.
Jeff Samardzija had a tough time settling down in the beginning of his outing. Things look rough all over for the opening day starter. After two starts, he continues to struggle on the mound. Cubs only lost by a run though as Javier Baez and George Kottaras hit back-to-back home runs to keep it a close game. Final score of the game was 7-5 Colorado.
Cubs look to play the Cleveland Indians in their home spring facility at 3:00 PM (eastern) tomorrow afternoon.
GO CUBS GO!
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Matt Clement has a no-hitter into the 7th, but then gives up a homer that gets rid of the no-hitter and a shutout. Nonetheless, all Cubs on that day.
How to Pick Your First Round Draft Pick
I know what you’re thinking. With your sixth pick, you’re unsure if Chris Davis will strike out a lot more than last year than hit more home runs; or if your third really questions the fact that the NL MVP Andrew McCutchen should be ranked that high in the draft ranking? Should I pick young phenon Mike Trout or go with the veteran hitter Miguel Cabrera? Don’t fret or fear, with the new season ringing in and the new rankings from last years hitters and pitchers; you want to make sure your first pick isn’t a bust. I find myself like Matthew Berry in these fantasy baseball scenarios, and I am more than willing to help you with deciding who to pick in the first round. After simulating mock drafts for the past two weeks, these have been results of draft picks in the first round. Note, this is through ESPN’s draft and ranking system, but I will throw my two bits in on how well the player will play for the season. Here we go:
- Mike Trout, OF Los Angeles Angels: This guy is my age and he keeps on packing on the time in the off season to prove he’s worth it. His first at bat for spring was a grand slam home run, proving the phenom that he is at the plate. He himself is carrying the Angels with all the slugging they have in their batting order. Expect some big hits and points from this kid, he’s worth the first overall draft pick.
- Miguel Cabrera, 3B Detroit Tigers: I won’t sell it to you short, Cabrera still has it and proves to show it. Don’t worry about his off season injury, the power that Cabrera had last season is projected to be matching this year. With the departure of Prince Fielder, it is possible that he may play 1B and having Ian Kinsler in the order is definitely going to help Miggy score more runs when on base. If taken before Trout, read above, these first two picks can go either way.
- Andrew McCutchen, OF Pittsburgh Pirates: It follows suit that the other league MVP is most definitely ranked this high. With the questioning of Pittsburgh’s pitching and how they got knocked out of the first round of the playoffs, I know what you’re thinking. YES, Cutch still has it! His past two years, he has hit over .300 an continues to collect runs and bases; and by bases that means stealing them. Since his debut, he has averaged 25 stolen bases for his career. Cutch is expected BIG numbers this year, and I would bet on every single one of those big numbers this year.
- Paul Goldschmidt, 1B Arizona Diamondbacks: This guy exploded last year and was one of the key players that helped the D-Backs have a reasonable season last year. He had his best year in hitting with home runs, RBI’s, and runs proving to be the best first baseman in baseball. With Arizona getting some better acquistions in the off season, expect even a bigger year for Goldschmidt this year. He’s the safest 4th pick you can have if your setting at number four.
- Carlos Gonzalez, OF Colorado Rockies: Don’t question this guy’s ranking over Chris Davis, this guy is the real deal. For a player who hit .300 and a collection of home runs, he had the biggest progress for a player along with All Stars. Disregard the short stint of missing the near end of the season with an injury, he will be back and ready to hammer the ball for the Rockies this season.
- Jacoby Ellsbury, OF New York Yankees: After one ring, Jacoby is still hungry and he’s far from done. All my Bostonian friends will continue to burn his jersey and boo him at the plate, but there are some players that hit their peak later in their career. Jacoby will most likely be hitting lead off with this brand new Yankees squad full of All Stars. He WILL Steal you bases, collect hits and score a good collection of runs. With the depth the Yankees have in the outfield, don’t fret the fact he will get injured, he will be seeing a good amount of days off.
- Chris Davis, 1B Baltimore Orioles: Right about now, I’m either meeting with the guy who missed the post season or got knocked out in the first round. What bigger way says revenge when Chris Davis falls into your lap at pick 7? The guy is a power hitter, will get those home runs, and will collect as much RBI’s as Goldschmidt. Be warned, he does strike out a lot. Having a good power hitter like this in your line up, look for great pitching or a for sure on base hitter for your next pick.
- Robinson Cano, 2B Seattle Mariners: Wash out? No. Overrated? Possibly. After leaving the Yankees, Cano proved that he wanted the pay check over the pride in Pinstripes forever, but New York needed to shake things up and losing Cano maybe the best thing to happen to them. And Robi will help make Seattle a possible threat again now that he’s the equation the Mariners needed to match their pitching. For a division that has great pitching, Cano is used to the pitching caliber that was in the AL East, moving West will be his better benefit for the team than a player. Expect the same number from his last year, if not the lower.
- Clayton Kershaw, Pitcher Los Angeles Dodgers: If you were in a ten man league last year, I know how bad you want to be back in the championship this year. And what wins championships? Look the best way to take the next pick away from the reigning champ, I would. The reigning AL Cy Young winner just got a big deal from the Dodgers. Now that he’s paid and happy, he’s looking to take this team where it fell short with last year: World Series, and he can take you to the same promised land this year.
- Edwin Encarnacion, 1B Toronto Blue Jays: As reigning champ of my league, I wouldn’t mind passing on this guy, but I digress. He continues to collect homers season after season and he’s falling right where he want to be for collecting more. He is the best asset for the Blue Jays, but he has the tendency to strike out a lot. Be careful with this one, if his stock falls drastically, make him trade bait quick.
- Adrian Beltre, 3B Texas Rangers: These last two picks are for the twelve man leagues, these are for you. Beltre is the biggest veteran on this list of top draft picks. His career average has been over .300 and had fantastic stats for 16 years. For a guy who knows how to clear the bases, he is worth sticking at 3B. If this is your second pick for the reigning champ, I know for a fact I’d pick him for a legit hitter.
- Adam Jones, OF Baltimore Orioles: Consistent hitter, always finds a way to get on base. The guy is an instant guarantee hitter to have for the line up. Jones collected 100 runs last year with 108 RBI’s aside 33 home runs. The man is expected to put up the same amount for this year, if not more. Safe pick, if you are a champ of a 12 man league, I’d go after him and at least the next best pitcher; Darvish or Hernandez.
That is my top 12 picks for the first round of your fantasy draft. I’ve seen them in mock drafts and won’t be surprised if it is a similar order during your draft day. Everyone part of my Tumblr Fantasy League should take note if you don’t know any idea on how to take your first round draft pick. I am still taking your questions to answer all day. If I am not online, feel free to tweet your question to me @ estobro (its the same as my personal tumblr, feel free to follow there). Next week, I should tell you your best pitching prospects for the season.
Ranked as the top prospect in the Cubs organization and the No. 5 prospect in the entire league by Baseball America, Javier Baez shows off his tremendous power and crushes a Marco Estrada fastball into center field.
Cubs take a 4-2 victory over the Brew Crew, their first win this Spring.
Today I will answer all of your fantasy baseball related questions! No question is left unanswered, so please do not hesitate to ask. I’m not blowing up a whole bunch of smoke, I’ve got the championships to prove it. So fire away with your questions!
I will also be posting a fantasy entry up here for your first draft pick, who would you choose?
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Cubs take two straight in Cactus League
Cubbies had an outing with the surging Oakland Athletics and won 6-4. Some familiar faces in the Cubs line up have started warming their bats up for spring, as Anthony Rizzo and Justin Ruggiano combined for 3 runs when the Cubs were down; followed by a game tying RBI from Albert Almora. The Cubs took the lead with a 2-run shot from Mike Olt, former Texas Ranger in a Cubs uniform. Minor league sensation Kyle Hendricks had a rough start for his Cactus League debut. Cubs were happy to have their first win in their brand new spring facility as they get the ball finally rolling for the season.
The Cubs will play the Colorado Rockies at Cubs Field this afternoon with Jeff Samardzija getting his second start of the season. Let’s hope the Cubs ace gets his first win for Spring.
GO CUBS GO!
Russell Wilson in camp with the Rangers.
this man should lead the new revolution for players to play both sports. After all, he is a champion and huge role model