On Monday, Seattle Mariners star Ichiro was traded for New York Yankees prospects D.J. Mitchell and Danny Faquhar. Only 2.5 mil of Ichiro’s contract was retained from his original contract of 14 mil. The Yankees also got money. In his debut, Ichiro got a base hit and stole a base. Ichiro was sad to leave his former team, but he realizes that he is to old for the young and developing Mariners.
Last Saturday White Sox pitcher Phillip Humber pitched a perfect game verses the Seattle Mariners. It was the 21st perfect game in history and the second for the White Sox since 2009 when Mark Buehrle did it and the third White Sox pitcher over all. He shut them down until the ninth where he struggled a little befor getting a strike out, pop-up, strike out combo to make him the 21st perfect game thrower.
Helickson, Nova, Pinada, Kimbrel, Trumbo, Hosmer and Freeman all had terrific rookie seasons in 2011 and hope for better ones in 2012. I have broken down each player trying to come out with the answer. I am developing a methodology which will be named later. It takes the factors of age, ballpark, league and more. And that is what I will be using to rank these players sophomore seasons. Lets start with a Yankee Ivan Nova, Probably the best rookie season for a Yankee since Robinson Cano in 2006. He had 16 wins after missing a month and a half. My personal favourite statistic is that he never blew a lead. Judging by the way he ended the season I suspect his numbers should go up using my new methodology I predict him to have, 16 wins, 3.29 ERA and 120 k’s. Let’s stay on the east coast but move a few states down to Tampa Bay Florida and talk Jeremy Helickson. We got a brief sneak peek at What he could do in 2010 but did not embrace it till 2011. He posted a 2.95 ERA and beat out Mark Trumbo, Ivan Nova, Eric Hosmer and Michael Pinada for rookie of the year. I have put him through my methodology and came out with this. 3.12 ERA , 15 wins, 133 k’s. Over all I suspect another great year from Helickson. Now lets look at Michael Pinada. He switched teams this off season from The Mariners to the Yankees. He had a losing record last season something I do not think will carry into this season. I am putting him through my methodology and came out with this 3.30 ERA 17 wins and 203 k’s. Now lets stay in the east but in the National League over in Atlanta there’s a closer by the name of Craig Kimbrel preparing for his sophomore season. Kimbrel was the N.L ROY (rookie of the year) and won the gibby(greatest in baseball yearly award) for top rookie I have watched videos and looked at statistics and this is my answer, 41 saves 2.12 ERA 97 k’s. We will stay in Atlanta and discuss Freddy Freeman. Freeman hit 21 HR’s last season leading all N.L rookies and finished runner up in the rookie of the year voting he hit 282 as well. He has a nice stroke and should only go up from here I suspect very soon we will be calling him the face of the Braves organization and here are my predictions. 28 HR’s 93 RBI’s and a 292.AVG. We will now go from the East to the Central and talk Eric Hosmer. Hosmer had a terrific rookie campaign especialy because he was never a call up he came up in May and played the rest of the season batting 293 with 19 HR’s and 78 RBI’s I have once again looked at him very closely and came out with this. 27 HR’s 84 RBI’s and a 301 AVG. Now for our final player Mark Trumbo of the Angles. Trumbo had good numbers last season he hit 29 HR’s and drove in 87 runs i have looked at him and I came out with this. 271 AVG 33 HR’s and finally 112 RBI’s. Next season we will have a new wave of great young talent and when they strike we will be there to coverer it.
This Week in Baseball, The Mariners arrive at-and many teams pack up for-spring training. The Mariners are still mouring the loss of Greg Halman, who was stabbed to death in November. They were greeted with T-shirts bearing Halman’s number.
The Marlins are discussing a contract with Cuban star Yoenis Cespedes. He is one of the most sought after players on the open market.
Alex Gordon resigns with the Royals for one year. Nelson Cruz resigns with the Rangers for two years. Miguel Cabrera has lost 20 pounds in order to make the switch back to First base. Jeff Suppan signs a Minor League deal with the Padres, with an invitation to Spring Training. Scott Linebrink has signed a Minor League Deal with the Cardinals, also with a Spring Training Invitation. Manny Ramirez, whom many had thought to be gone for good, is looking for a signing with the Orioles or the A’s. Jed Lowrie has signed with the Astros for one year. Russel Branyan signed a Minor League deal with the Yankees.
That’s all for This Week in Baseball
Mariners: First to report to spring training.
Yankees: Teams calling about A.J Burnett.
Tigers: Miguel Cabrera loses 20 pounds to play 3rd.
The Cleveland Indians filled a gap at first base by signing Casey Kotchman to a one year deal worth 3 million dollars. Kotchman hit 306 last year with the Rays after spending most of his career with the Angles, Mariners, Braves and Red Sox. Kotchman is know for his defense but turned out to be a key part of Tampa’s line up that made a classic run to the postseason in 2011. He will be 29 on opening day and hopes to repeat his 2011 performance for years to come.