John Heyman shares his information and observations from round Main League Baseball:
Cole Hummels determined to take his time together with his comeback plans and take a look at subsequent spring as an alternative of speeding issues. He referred to as off his comeback a yr in the past when he confronted a setback after signing with the Dodgers. Hummels, 38, has solely thrown 3 rounds since 2019, however has received 163 video games in his profession.
Not surprisingly right here, the Phillies will ask for Bullpen’s assist, as they attempt to resolve the bugaboo (4.34 pen ERA, 24 in MLB). Jeurys Familia is typical. Completely constant for almost a decade, one scout stated he is gone to Philly and he is “completely unbeatable.” At the very least Dave Dombrowski has resisted earlier recommendations to get his closest relative (in Boston) Craig Kimbrill, who’s combating the Dodgers.
Groups are beginning to inquire about first-class rookie Frankie Montas however he should herald a drag. Proficient catcher Sean Murphy has an outdoor probability to go, as do quarterback Ramon Laureano, companion man Chad Bender, shortstop Elvis Andros and veteran hitter Jed Lowry. Paul Blackburn (2.97 ERA) is having an ideal yr however has three extra years of management, so he is more likely to keep.
Along with junior gamers Luis Castillo and Tyler Mahley, the Reds have a brand new industrial section: Brandon Drury, the previous All-Star Participant of the 12 months.
The scouts stated rookie pirate participant Oneil Cruz (named after Paul O’Neill) has one of the best instrument this aspect of Shohei Ohtani. One competitor referred to as them “crazy gadgets.” Arm, pace, and energy are all elite, and even at 6ft 7, he has his fingers for short-range play, they are saying. His first throw was clocked at 96.7 mph, the best for a participant this yr, and topped 94.4 by Bobby Waite Jr (Witt’s father was an excellent MLB participant).