Joe Mauer hit his first home run of the spring and the Minnesota Twins beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-1 Saturday. Mauer hit a two-run drive to right field. The three-time AL batting champion has spent extra time working off a tee with hitting coach Tom Brunansky.
This spring, Reds manager Bryan Price became one of the first skippers to officially lay out his entire rotation, even though there were expected to be plenty of questions after Johnny Cueto and Mike Leake. And to the surprise of many, Cuban signee Raisel Iglesias, despite only pitching in the Arizona Fall League
Teams don’t often trade a young pitcher like Shelby Miller, but when you’re a team like the Cardinals with a surplus of young pitching ready to break out seemingly every year, it may be a bit more common. St. Louis general manager John Mozeliak basically said after trading Miller that one reason he did so was to make room in the rotation for Martinez, a top prospect who pitched out of the bullpen in 2014.
Kyle Gibson struck seven in six strong innings for the Minnesota Twins in a 2-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday. Gibson mixed in his slider and placed new emphasis on his changeup in striking out Rays slugger Evan Longoria three times and leadoff man John Jaso twice.
Before the baseball season gets underway next weekend here are 10 bold predictions about the upcoming season.
For a player with parts of three Major Leagues seasons on his resume, it’s still relatively unknown what kind of big league player Avisail Garcia will be.
These bars are a home run for Twins fans.
Very few 21-year-old athletes have been on more of a rollercoaster in the past year than Royals pitcher Brandon Finnegan. He became the first player to pitch in the College World Series and MLB World Series in the same year.
Drafted in the first round of the 2011 Draft eighth overall as a 17-year-old, Lindor has rapidly risen through the Tribe’s Minor League system and he appears to be on the cusp of the Major Leagues at just 21 years old … though his Indians’ debut won’t come right away.
The Mets were hoping they had acquired their catcher of the future when they traded for d’Arnaud in 2013. After a slow start to his Mets career he broke out late last season and looks poised for a big year this season.
SS Jose Iglesias had a breakout year in 2013, but it’s been a tough road for the promising young shortstop. A healthy return could be huge for Iglesias and the Tigers in 2015.
While Gattis’ questionable catcher skills were a big reason he was jettisoned, the presence of prospect Christian Bethancourt was another, and the timing was right to give the 23-year-old the chance in 2015.
Normally, a player entering his sixth full season in the bigs has too much experience for a list like this, but digging deeper, Drew Storen fits here. The Nationals on paper are stacked, with established studs in their rotation from top to bottom and starters set at each position on the field.
A trade is more likely to come midseason, if at all, but the Phillies can feel confident that when the time comes, Ken Giles is waiting in the wings.
Sometimes it’s best not to mess with a good thing, and Aaron Sanchez in the back end of the Blue Jays’ bullpen near the end of the 2014 season was a very good thing.
With a rotation spot likely, Eovaldi will have every chance to become a stud in New York.
Schoop has been with the organization since he was 17 years old and taken time to develop. He’s a natural in the field, but never showed much at the plate aside from some slightly above average power for the position and just a bit of speed.
Paul Molitor became the latest Hall of Fame player to test his teaching skills when the Minnesota Twins hired him as their manager. With Molitor preparing for his debut with the Twins this season, here’s a look back at a mixed-at-best track record of players with a plaque at Cooperstown who also took their turns trying to manage in the major leagues.
Two seasons after Hall-of-Famer Paul Molitor played his last game, he became the bench coach for the Minnesota Twins on manager Tom Kelly’s staff. The role was his for two years. The experience was infinitely valuable for the job that opened for him much later.
Most baseball fans likely know Steven Souza from the unbelievable, no-hitter-saving catch he made in the final game of the regular season for the Nationals last year.
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Aside from elite prospects, it’s not often that a player with only 10 games of MLB experience comes into Spring Training with an almost guaranteed spot in the starting lineup.
Two hometown stars are trying to save a franchise that has rarely been lower after four straight seasons of at least 92 losses.
The contract Glen Perkins has with the Minnesota Twins goes through at least 2017, so the All-Star closer wouldn’t have to think about switching teams for a while. He already has. He would never do it.
Many are hoping Molitor will be able to change the losing culture at the Twins, but all the Hall of Famer can do to make changes is make out the lineup card. It all starts with the pitchers, who began their workouts in Fort Meyers Monday, including the recently-acquired, right-hander Irving Santana.