After leaving his first spring training start after 4 pitches on Thursday, Zack Greinke may not be ready for the Dodgers season opening series in Australia, from March 20-21. On Thursday, Greinke retired the first batter he faced against the D-Backs, but after the first pitch to the next batter, Greinke was pulled from the game due to a strained right calf muscle. According to mlb.com, the injury puts him behind schedule for the flight to Australia on March 16.
More MLB games were played today, here are some highlights:
5. Brandon Phillips- Cincinnati Reds
Phillips is one of Baseball’s best defensive players. Phillips hit more than 100 RBI’s last year. This gave him a spot on Pepper’s prime list! Phillips is the second best player on the Reds, and has a lot of potential.
4. Daniel Murphy- New York Mets
Congrats to Murphy for sloting at #4 this year.I had a chance to speak to Murphy last year at Spring Training, and he told me ” I love playing Baseball in New York”. Murphy had career highs in most categories, and was 2nd in the league for doubles. Murphy enters 2014 without competition or injury, and look to improve this year.
3. Ben Zobrist -Tampa Bay Rays
Zobrist deserved to be on this list, while it was harder to figure out which position to fit him into! Zobrist has hit over 100 homeruns in his career and is flawless with his glove. Zobrist is the type of player that every team wants. He is more than your average utility Player, he is an Awesome, 1B-2B-SS-3B-LF-CF-RF player.
2. Dustin Pedroia -Boston Red Sox
The worst part of these lists is that once I reveal #2, there is no secret for #1. Second Base is no exception. While he only hit 9 homeuns last year, “Laser Show” has a Batting Average above 300. That always makes any Baseball fan think of the player as an elite ballplayer. Not to mention the Sox went all the way last year!
**1.** Robinson Cano- Seattle M’s
This one was no shocker. Cano is a “Stud” as my blog partner Borja likes to say. Cano got a humongous deal over the offseason to play ball with Seattle, and its only so happens he turns out on top of our Prime list!
Mike Trout and the Angels have agreed to a 1 year deal worth $1 million. It may seem hard to believe that a deal for $1 million is a record, but for a player who has yet to reach arbitration, it is the most expensive ever. Trout, who earned only $510,000 in 2013, has done more than enough to earn this big of a raise. He is only 22 years old, but already has arguably become the best player in the game today. He has made the all-star game and finished 2nd in AL MVP voting in each of his first 2 seasons, and won the Rookie of the Year Award in 2012. In 2013, Trout hit .323 with 27 homers and 97 rbi’s, which were similar to his rookie season stats of .326/30/83. Trout also possesses amazing speed, stealing 49 and 33 bases in the past 2 seasons, and also has spectacular defense in center field.
Today the first exhibition games of the year were held as the New York Yankees played the Florida State Seminoles and the Detriot Tigers faced of against the Florida Southern Mocs. Both MLB teams got the win today, the Yankees winning 8-3. The yanks only had two regular starters on their line up but still managed the W over the college team. The Tigers on the other hand played most of their stars the first 3 innings and routed the Mocs 12-0. Tomorrow many more games get under way as opening day nears