Welcome back from the All Star break! MLB features a full slate of games this weekend as we gear up towards the trade deadline and post season.
If there’s one thing the All Star break proved it is that Shohei Ohtani is the new face of baseball, just ask baseball.
Want some proof? Ratings for the Home Run Derby were the highest since 2017.
As much as we love Shohei, let’s take a minute to appreciate the incredible story and journey of Trey Mancini. His making the Derby at all seemed impossible last year. He won the entire thing just by being there. He described the experience as “surreal.”
Now that we are back to baseball:
The Angels host division rival Seattle for three games this weekend and top Mariners prospect Jarred Kelenic will be promoted for this series.
The Yankees and Red Sox provide further proof that we aren’t quite out of the Covid-19 woods yet. Still a good idea to be a little smart, folks.
Turns out Yankee All Star Aaron Judge returned from the ASG and tested positive for Covid. Let’s hope his fellow All Stars were spared. It is Friday afternoon so don’t be surprised if there are multiple updates on this one.
Draft coverage here was cracking. Multiple threads, hundreds of comments, and mostly positive vibes as the Angels drafted arm after arm.
Fangraphs does a phenomenal job wrapping up some odds and ends and brings up a point we hadn’t yet considered: College pitchers are most likely going to be shut down so the Angels won’t need to release many current minor league players like most clubs will.
Of course the Angels selected 19 college pitchers out of 20 total pitchers. Swanson anticipates signing all of them and the Angels set a record for number of pitchers selected in a single draft.
The name at the top of the draft was Sam Bachman despite the availability of Kumar Rocker. Why did the Angels make Bachman their highest draft selection in 24 years?
I know this was linked in Turk’s draft coverage, but I really like this piece on third round pick Landon Marceaux and have a feeling most of us missed it.
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