Alright, back on topic, since it’s already two weeks through March I figured I roll out a baseball post since we are two weeks from the beginning of the 2014 edition of the 162 game gauntlet that we all love. It is America’s pastime; it’s unpatriotic not to love it. I had originally intended to roll out this post several weeks ago but as you saw with last week’s post, that didn’t happen. About a month ago or so, I was sent an article about the NL Prospect “Dream Team” (click the link to read it, it’s a good one). On that dream team of 13 players the NL Central was well represented: 4 Cubs, 2 Pirates, and 2 Cardinals (take that Cincinnati). For my Colorado readers, the Rockies did get one pitcher on the list.
The Cubs staffed the corner infield positions, shortstop, and an outfielder. At first is Dan Vogelbach. If Rizzo falters or is injured at any point this season it’s possible we could see Vogelbach who can apparently pound the ball At short is Javier Baez, the current rave of the Cubs fandom. It’s very likely that we see Baez at Wrigley this year, especially with Starlin Castro struggling with injury currently and has no timetable for return. At third is Kris Byrant who depending on how the Cubs regulars are doing might get called up as he continues to climb through the organization. Finally in outfield is a recent draft pick, Albert Almora who is super talented and is considered to be a complete package of a ball player. Like Bryant, I’d say promotion to the big leagues is possible depending on the play of the team. He is still young at only 19.
The Cardinals and Pirates claimed second (Cards), outfield (one each), and a pitcher (Bucs). The outfielder for the Pirates, Gregory Polanco, and the Cards second baseman, Kolten Wong, have both seen a fair amount of time in the bigs and it’s possible that they could make the cut to start the year in the majors. The other two are likely to start in the minors.
Looking at the stats of these players and the depth of each organizations farm system (thank you Theo), I’d say that is good to be a fan in the NL Central (well maybe not if you are Brewers or Reds fan. I’d also say that these three teams should be good for years to come (the Cubs more in the future…not so much this year).
For you DH lovers you can read the AL Prospect Dream Team here.
That’s it for me. Have an absolutely fantastic weekend everyone! Has always, thanks for reading.