MLB Sweet Spot is back! After a long hiatus that has spanned from the middle of September until now, I will be slowly providing content once again, just in time for the Hot Stove season. A lot has happened since I was gone, ranging from the Cubs’ all-too-predictable World Series victory, to the not-so-predictable results of the presidential election. Baseball activity will be picking back up now that free agency is open, so it is only appropriate that I provide my thoughts and analysis, whether you, the reader, likes it or not! Many of my articles in the coming months will be featured at Off The Bench Baseball, whom I was writing for previously. In addition, I will do my best to provide some original content for MLB Sweet Spot too. To kick-off the my grand return, I thought I would re-blog an article that was written by Johnnie Teng over at Baseball More Than Just A Game. This article focuses in on a few one-dimensional MLB players who still have managed to add value to their major league ballclubs. I beleive that it also does a nice job of explaining the 5 tools of baseball to for those casual fans who may not be as scouting-oriented. Stay tuned for more, and enjoy!
By Johnnie Teng
With the upcoming draft looming and more information about the players being analyzed and made public by wonderful publications such as Baseball America, we have had a chance to better grasp the draft stock of many players and update our mock draft. There have been multiple changes made to the original as we develop a better understanding as to which players are rising and falling. We have also added videos to each players bio’s, as well as a few more picks to round out the first 34 picks.
Mock draft 1.0 can be found here.
Pros: Much has been made of Puk’s troubles this spring, but he has done the exact same as the last couple years. Using his mid 90’s fastball that touches 99 and a plus curve, Puk has collected strikeouts at a very high rate this season. Good track record of success in college, international competition, and Cape Cod. Solid mechanics that uses his size effectively with his body parts in sync.
Cons: High walk rate, 3.99 BB/9 this season, command issues have plagued him at every level, but his pure stuff has been able to cover it up so far. Got arrested for climbing a construction crane once, but at least it wasn’t for something worse.
Reasoning: Originally had Groome in this spot, but it seems like Klentak and co. will play it safe with a college arm. Gut feeling says they might take Matt Manning, but that is way too far-fetched.
M(i)LB Comparison: Sean Newcomb hasn’t reached the majors yet, but the former-first round pick has the same traits as Puk: size, stuff, velocity, but control issues as well.
I wrote more about him in a previous piece here.
Header photo courtesy of Getty Images.
Team photo courtesy of sportslogos.net.
I am happy to announce that, as of this past weekend, a partnership has made between myself and Johnnie Teng of Baseball: More Than Just A Game. Baseball MTJAG was started by Johnnie back in October of 2015, and has since published some very good reads. Partnering with somebody from the West Coast will not only bring double the content to AV Blogs, but also allow for a unique perspective on team’s and their players. Furthermore, Johnnie has had the chance to explore all aspects of baseball, from amateur players, to the minors, to international leagues, something that AV Blogs has yet to introduce. Baseball MTJAG was even featured this past week on MLB Trade Rumors. As of this morning, you will see that a menu link has been added to provide access to Johnnie’s blog. Certainly check it out once you have a chance.
In the coming months, expect to see publications from Baseball MTJAG appear on this blog, with some of my publications making their appearance on Johnnie’s site as well. Eventually, there will even be joint articles, in which Johnnie and myself discuss various topics from two unique perspectives. As we await the first official Baseball MTJAG publication on this site, below are a few articles of Johnnie’s that are worth the read:
- June 3rd, 2016 – In Memory of a Rising Star, Donny Everett
- April 22nd, 2016 – Baseball MTJAG’s 2016 MLB Mock Draft v1.0
- February 19th, 2016 – The Cuban Fearsome Foursome…
Check back for more from Baseball MTJAG!