In my first piece for 2080 Baseball, I take a look at four players to watch from the 2017 NPB Draft, held earlier this week.
In my wrap-up column for 2017, I take a unique look at the 262 players who made their MLB debut this season.
Splitting time between Class A South Bend and High A Myrtle Beach, the Cubs’ 2016 10th-rounder relied on a deceptive arm action and deep release point to keep hitters off balance this year. The results were impressive.
Lefty Tanner Scott (Orioles), righty Keury Mella (Reds) and third baseman Christian Villanueva (Padres) debuted last week, bumping the total to 261 MLB debuts this season.
Top prospects Victor Robles (CF, Nationals) and J.P. Crawford (SS, Phillies) are among this week’s truckload of 16 major league debuts.
In Episode 26 Dave DeFreitas and Nick Faleris discuss the 2017 MLB Playoffs, including outlooks for the final four clubs, then hit the mailbag to discuss abolishing the MLB Draft and the relative importance of international signings.
In Episode 25 Dave DeFreitas and Nick Faleris welcome John E. Gibson (Japan Baseball Weekly Podcast) to the show for a deep dive on Shohei Otani and to discuss several other NPB names to know.