A full month of baseball is in the books. What have we learned so far? Yeah, that Trout kid is pretty good but I didn’t think he’d have his best ever April slugging percentage.
The Athletic goes into more depth on Trout’s great month. This isn’t BABIP luck, the best player in baseball is truly scary for opponents right now.
In just a cruel twist of irony, the Angels have a once in a generation player in Trout and the Mets have a great pitcher on a team that can’t score runs. Yes, deGrom’s run support is as lacking as you think.
Oddly, I think we’ve been so amazed at Shohei Ohtani that we haven’t realized the absolute tear Trout is on; an incredible problem to have.
Ohtani is throwing the most unhittable pitch in all of baseball right now. Open this link to look at the graph halfway down. It is absolutely unbelievable.
Quietly showing some improvement is Albert Pujols. He pops up on this list of guys whose early breakouts should be real this year.
Another look at baseball’s first month shows that Ohtani is incredible, but gets into both the good and bad we’ve seen. A collective .232 batting average with a 25% strikeout rate isn’t exactly a lot of in game action.
The NFL isn’t the only sport with a draft, you know. If you want to see what elite college pitching talent looks like catch this weekends Vanderbilt at Florida series. I’ve been watching a decent amount of SEC and ACC baseball on ESPN+ this year and the level of play is incredible.
How elite is the Vanderbilt pitching staff? Mock drafts have Leiter and Rocker going #1 and #4 overall in the 2021 MLB draft. This mock has them at #1 and #3 overall and the Angels taking a big strike thrower from another SEC school.
The Angels pick at #9 this year, so probably just outside of the truly elite college arms but still in great position to nab an elite talent. Look for more draft coverage on CtPG as the date gets closer.
The most insane thing to happen in MLB this week had to be Bryce Harper taking a 97 MPH pitch to the face then popping right back up and walking to the dugout. This is the same guy who charged the mound after taking 98 MPH to the rear end. Don’t fight him.
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