Bobo's here and we already have some ballplayers. So let's go!
Beyond the top pick guys Nolan Gorman and Jordan Walker are raw power hitters like Jhon Torres, Malcom Nunez and Luken Baker. It will be interesting to see if any of them can progress against better pitching. The independeent analysts are high on outfielder Trejyn Fletcher, who is a good all-around athlete. I'm not sure of his power potential and he's a long ways off.
A Jacques Plante reference! That's old school. And, yes, the Blues will have to pay up for Binnington. He's showing he is the real deal. He lacks the size of the classic modern goaltender, but his athleticism and competitiveness carry him forward. Finiding true mental toughness with a goaltender is golden. Teams never really know what they have until they put guys under fire.
The man has been laboring. Lately he's been doing more harm than good out there and that takes a toll on confidence. This homestand is a great opportunity to shut him down, especially with Marco Scandella back in the mix as a shutdown guy.
His numbers say A-minus at worst. That run he had in '19 was superhuman. Comparing him to that standard is unfair. I thought he was a B or B-plus last season until he struggled in bubble hockey. Now he appears to be back on track, just in time to get a big contract extension.
Odorizzi wants a multi-year deal. I imagine he will hold out until a few teams suffer pitching injuries in the spring, thus driving up his value. The Cardinals do like him, but Mozeliak is keeping his eye out for bargains. I'm not sure Odorizzi ever falls into that bin.
I don't know that Sosa can play outfield as Munoz can. And Sosa has not hit at the big league level as Munoz has. While Sosa developed a bit more pop late in his development, right now he looks like a Class 4A guy who can provide some depth but not much more.
Nobody would have had Faulk on that list before this season due to his contract, but he might be their MVP this season. So that shook up the list projections.. I am a fan of re-signing Schwartz and, yes, that would complicate the protection list But then again. Sanford and Dunn haven't made their case to stick in the nucleus. Hoffman is playing great, but at this rate he will command a big long-term deal this team can't afford.
That has been mentioned with Patrik Laine, but he has the potential to build $10 million earning power with his skill. He could go with a shorter deal and bet on himself to create more demand. Binnington bet on himself once with a two-year deal, so I could see him seeking Markstrom money (six years, $36 million) this time around. I can't imagine him not using that deal as his guide.
Carpenter is raking in big coin for one more year. DeWitt ate almost all of the Fowler money for this season and eating a similar amount for Carpenter would give him indigestion. Hence the interest, for now, in getting mileage out of Matt before he hits the exit.
Alex has been kept in bubble wrap, to a degree, because he's broken down several times. If he stays healthy and develops better command, he could earn a rotation spot. Reyes will get stretched out this spring, so let's see what he has done.
Chicago Stadium was my favorite of the old ones. I liked it a lot better than Boston Garden. I would put Maple Leaf Gardens No. 2. The Olympia in Detroit was a classic, but I never saw a hockey game there. Ice Capades? Yes. Roller Derby? Yes. Monkees concert? Yes. Red Wings? No.
A lot of guys will be stretched out to start if needed. But like you, I project Ponce de Leon as a middle reliever. As with Genesis Cabrera, there is still work to do.
I always thought it was kind of goofy, but a lot of teams went with it. As a result, every team has learned to defend it. So I'm hoping somebody comes up with something new that everybody can copy.
I'd like to see Carlson in the No, 2 hole -- a prime spot, but one without too much pressure. I have zero ideas on what to do with the leadoff spot. An obvious candidate does not exist.