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.
Justus Sheffield (LHP, Yankees), Jose Mesa (RHP, Yankees), Cole Irvin (LHP, Phillies), Jacob Waguespack (RHP, Phillies), and Tyler Cyr, (RHP, Giants) are profiled this week.
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.
In Episode 24, Emily Waldon and Jared Wyllys join Nick J. Faleris and share their thoughts on the 2017 Minor League season, their favorite players of 2017, and a couple of names to watch for in 2018.