By: Chris Larson
Spring Training is quickly approaching. In fact, pitchers and catchers have already reported for all 30 teams, position players are reporting over the next handful of days, and the first Spring Training game will take place next Thursday between the Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics.
With that being said, Spring Training is an opportunistic time of year. One in which, every fan and all 30 teams, believe they have the makings of a postseason caliber team and with the optimism that their team will outperform all expectations that have already been laid out on paper. While some of those dreams are more inflated for some teams than others, it's still a fascinating time of year when fans get the chance to watch the talent coming up through their team's system and witness first hand some of the exciting steps forward that those top prospects take over the course of the spring.
Although there are plenty of exciting, young-and-upcoming prospects sprinkled throughout the game right now, here are five names that you should watch this spring.
Moving right along in our "Top 10 Right Now" series, today's report focuses on the shortstop position. Easily the most talented position in all of baseball right now and the position that is extremely critical to the overall defensive success of a team. Out of all 9 positions on the diamond, defense is key for the shortstop above anything else and virtually every team values that more than offense at this position.
When you survey all 30 teams in baseball right now, almost half of the teams have some sort of All-Star or top notch shortstop whose name you easily remember. In fact, you could argue that for some teams, their shortstop is the star of their team or as others like to coin it, the "Face of the Franchise." Regardless of how you break it down and evaluate the talent at this position, there is some serious star-studded talent throughout.
Here are the Top 10 Shortstops in the game of baseball right now:
Next up on the docket in the "Top 10 Right Now" series is second baseman. Second base is a position where there are certainly the haves and have nots and a position where having a solid glove, along with defensive skills, is an absolute must.
Currently, there are only a few guys who play at second base, who could be potential future Hall of Famers, but who knows what the future holds at that position and what could end up happening later on. In it's simplest terms, second base is a position that isn't the strongest in the game, but it's certainly not the weakest position, around the diamond, either.
Here are the Top 10 Second Baseman in the game right now:
By Eric J and Chris L
Welcome to the second installment of our "Top 10 Right Now" series - this time focused around first baseman. First base used to be a position where teams would value power over anything else, but as analytics and the trends in player development have been introduced little-by-little, those values have begun to change, as has the role, of the first baseman.
By: Chris Larson
This morning, it was announced by multiple different sources that the San Francisco Giants are now showing interest in the biggest free agent of them all, Bryce Harper. Furthermore, according to Jon Heyman, the San Francisco Giants met with Harper this week which included a contingent of Chief Executive Officer, Larry Baer, General Manager, Farhan Zaidi, skipper, Bruce Bochy, and Harper himself along with his agent, Scott Boras. There is no indication how long the meeting lasted, where it took place, or exactly what might have been hammered out between both parties, but it's interesting nonetheless.
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