Unless AC posts (which he is welcome to do of course), I will likely not have much time this week, so I thought I’d throw bout a few talking points.
- Ronald Acuna, who is a TOP 5 MLB Prospect for the Atlanta Braves and likely a budding superstar, was named the AFL’s MVP. His line was 83 AB’s/5 DBL/7 HR/16 RBI/.325 BA/.414 OB%/1.053 OPS. Pretty impressive! However, even a novice would have to acknowledge that Will Smith can at least be mentioned in a TOP 100 Prospect list after he put up these numbers: 62 AB’s/1 DBL/1 TPL/2 HR/16 RBI/.371 BA/.452 OB%/1.017 OPS. Will Smith is a Top 100, likely a Top 50 prospect.
- Here are the Dodger Prospects who deserve to be in the Top 100:
- Walker Buehler
- Alex Verdugo
- Keibert Ruiz
- Will Smith
- Yusniel Diaz
- Yadier Alvarez (he’s still in)
- How about Edwin Rios?
- Grandal or Barnes… or both? The Dodgers could wait until the trade deadline to trade Grandal… maybe Will Smith is ready by then? I think it is inevitable that he will will be traded… but when… and for what or who?
- What if Stanton nixes all trades except to the Dodgers? Then what? It’s suddenly a buyers market and the only option Miami has is to trade him to LA or keep him. Frankly, he was betrayed by the Marlins front office and he may want to stick it to them.
- Chris Woodward could go to Yanks as their skipper – he’s an underdog.
- Manny Banuelos appears to be this years reclamation project. In 20121, he was the Yankees #2 prospect, ahead of Dellin Betances and is a LHP who once had three plus pitches but struggled with control. Sounds like a switch to the pen (which was started last season) is just what Dr. Honey Cutt ordered. He could emerge as a force in the pen and he will only be 27 next year as he is 3 years removed from TJ.
- Rob Manfred says the pace of play will pick up next year. That could help el Gasolino, especially if he can develop another pitch, like a cutter!
- Morrow, Minor or a bunch of castoffs? I can’t say either way…
- Is is possible that Buehler and Urias are BOTH in the rotation after the All-Star break in 2018?
- I have been thinking about trades: How about a blockbuster? Brandon McCarthy, Alex Wood, Pedro Baez, Josh Fields, Joc Pederson, Kike Hernandez and Logan Forsythe for Zach Britton, Brad Brach and Jonathan Schoop? Think about that one!
OK, there’s some conversation starters!