Teams don’t often trade a young pitcher like Shelby Miller, but when you’re a team like the Cardinals with a surplus of young pitching ready to break out seemingly every year, it may be a bit more common. St. Louis general manager John Mozeliak basically said after trading Miller that one reason he did so was to make room in the rotation for Martinez, a top prospect who pitched out of the bullpen in 2014.
Before the baseball season gets underway next weekend here are 10 bold predictions about the upcoming season.
For a player with parts of three Major Leagues seasons on his resume, it’s still relatively unknown what kind of big league player Avisail Garcia will be.
Very few 21-year-old athletes have been on more of a rollercoaster in the past year than Royals pitcher Brandon Finnegan. He became the first player to pitch in the College World Series and MLB World Series in the same year.
Price struggled, allowing eight hits and two runs in 4.1 innings, while also walking a batter, striking out seven and stranding seven baserunners.
Both are expected to be designated hitters in Sunday’s split-squad games with Martinez going to Kissimmee to face the Atlanta Braves and Cabrera staying at home against the Washington Nationals.
General Manager Dave Dombrowski and the Detroit Tigers made a plethora of moves this offseason in an attempt to keep the squad among the ranks of contenders in the American League.
Alfredo Simon allowed six first-inning runs before settling down with two shutout innings. Joe Nathan, Joba Chamberlain and Joakim Soria also pitched scoreless inning for the Tigers.
Price told reporters Friday that he was so sure Verlander would be starting on Opening Day that Price told his family members to schedule their trip to Detroit for the second game of the season.
The choice comes as a bit of a surprise considering Justin Verlander has started Opening Day each of the last seven seasons.