The 60 Players I look Forward To Watching This Spring – American League & National League East

sale-chris-red-soxEvery spring I like to put a list of out of players that I look forward to watching for spring training.  There’s no rhyme or reason to be honest, as it could be a prospect getting a few innings on a big league roster, a guy coming back from injury, a key acquisition, or that teams top player.  Regardless, I love watching and listening to spring training games and am always surfing the web or tv to check these players out.

Here’s my list:

AL East

Baltimore Orioles
Dylan Bundy: The long time top prospect looks to be healthy and poised for a starting rotation spot after 14 starts and 36 total appearances in 2016.  It’s the 8.5 k’s per 9 that has be watching

Mark Trumbo: Manny Machado was too easy here; I want to see the big time power that Trumbo displayed in 2016 and his league leading 47 homers

Boston Red Sox
Chris Sale: Sale not in a White Sox jersey and torturing my Tigers for one, but also want to see how he adjusts to Boston and the expectations

Andrew Benintendi: My #1 prospect in the Top 100 MLB Prospects for 2017 showed that he could flat out hit when he got to Boston late last season.  Let’s see how springs start out for him…

New York Yankees
Gary Sanchez: 20 homers in 53 games last year…shades of Kevin Maas or Babe Ruth.  The spring will give us a little insight

Gleyber Torres: The 20-year old tops prospect will get a peek in camp I’m sure, but most definitely won’t stay long.  The glove is there and hitting is developing

Tampa Bay Rays
Evan Longoria: A favorite of mine to watch normally, what I want to see this year, is how he reacts to the Logan Forsythe trade that he’s been so critical of

Blake Snell: It was a toss-up with Jose De Leon for this spot, however Snell is ready for a rotation spot and his dominance may start this spring

Toronto Blue Jays
Marcus Stroman: Expected to be a dark horse in the Cy Young conversation last year, I want to see how he starts to bounce back

Aaron Sanchez: Guy was a beast in 2016 as a 23-year old, making 30 starts with a 3.00 ERA.  Let’s see if he takes another step forward

NL East

Atlanta Braves
Dansby Swanson: #1 draft pick in 2015, major steal in the trade for Shelby Miller, makes his debut a year after being drafted and hits .302 in 38 Major League games.

Ozzie Albies: I don’t think the 20-year old will have a ton of time in Major League camp, but from everything I know, I can look forward to a youngster with very good lead off potential and an outstanding glove

Miami Marlins
Giancarlo Stanton: Light tower power, nuff said…

Dee Gordon: Well, was it all PED’s or not?  I’d like to see how Dee comes out this spring after not being very impressive after his suspension last season

New York Mets
Matt Harvey: The Dark Knight is healthy and ready to go after thoracic outlet surgery last summer.  Lets first hope he stays healthy this spring and then see if he can return to his dominating ways

Steven Matz: A shoulder injury shut Matz down in 2016, but a 3.40 ERA over 22 starts is something to look forward to this spring as is a 8.8 strike out rate per 9

Philadelphia Phillies
Aaron Nola: Elbow problems shut Nola down who’s bloated 4.78 ERA may lead to the question why I want to see him play.  My answer is a simple two-part answer…1) because he is 24 2) His 9.8 K per 9 rate last season

J.P. Crawford: Another highly rated prospect on my list, Crawford won’t break camp with the Phillies unless there are serious injuries, however it will give Phillies fans something to look forward to later in the year as the slick hitting and amazing defensive capabilities of Crawford should make the show at some point in 2017

Washington Nationals
Bryce Harper: Duh.  Harper had a really poor season after a hot start.  What will this year bring?  Did I mention he has 121 homers and 122 doubles at the age of 23?

Trea Turner: Turner tore it up over 73 games last season and I think some fantasy baseball owners would give their first born to draft him.  Me, well I get excited for the same reason as Turner hit .342 with 14 doubles, 13 homers, and had 33 stolen bases as a 23-year old

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