Top MLB Prospect Ronald Acuna arrives early to Braves Spring Training hoping to make the Opening Day roster
I'm going to try to keep my fanboy excitement down as much as possible but I feel like I need to go on record here: Ronald Acuna is going to be a superstar. I'm not talking 5 or 10 years down the road for MLB's #1 overall prospect I'm talking this summer at SunTrust Park.
Acuna will be what Aaron Judge was with the Yankees last summer. Acuna's 20-year-old baby face is going to be everywhere. I haven't been this excited for a Braves prospect since Andruw Jones came up in the mid 90's.
Last year Acuna was the minor league baseball player of the year after hitting .325/.374/.522 across three levels of affiliates in the Braves system. Along with his 60 extra base hits and 44 steals Acuna plays a terrific centerfield but will more than likely play a corner OF position in Atlanta with Gold Glove winner Ender Inciarte entrenched in center. Still in his teens at the time Acuna has played three years now in the Braves minor league system since being signed out of Venezuela and has shown remarkable improvement at every level.
Of course one could argue it would be the prudent business decision for the Braves to keep Acuna in the minors after breaking spring training camp. This would save the Braves a year of service time if they call him up in May. Basically it would delay Acuna's free agency year to 2025 instead of 2024. But if Acuna is as good as people think the Braves better have a long term contract in the works way before free agency looms. Which is why I believe if Acuna crushes it in Spring Training as I expect he will he needs to be in the starting line up come April in Atlanta.
“I showed up early to try and win this roster spot and prove that I’m ready and give it my all,” said Acuna. This isn't Acuna's first visit to Braves spring training camp in Orlando. Last year he played in 13 Grapefruit league games and hit .296 in 27 at-bats. “I was hoping they would invite me to come to the spring training camp and give me an opportunity to fight for a roster spot,” he said.
If the Braves want to create some excitement for this season after 4 long rebuilding years it would be nice to see Acuna in a #24 jersey come spring. He's proven he can already hit at AAA Gwinnett so a little bit more of minor league seasoning isn't gonna do much but show that the Braves are being cheap. A young lineup with Ender, Dansby Swanson, Ozzie Albies, Freddie Freeman, and Acuna would put a lot of asses in the seats with a lot of runs on the board.
P.S - Acuna you aren't fooling me with this "No speaka English" Vladimir Guerrero act you got going. 3 years of traveling in buses all around the Southeast will teach you all you need to know about the English language. It will also teach a lot about whiskey and women but that's another story for another day.
It might be an oxymoron to say any ballplayer in the majors is underpaid when the bare minimum MLB salary is over $400k a year but when you look at the insane contracts thrown out every offseason to free agents you can say these 10 guys are steals for the production they put on the field. Not surprisingly all of these guys have yet to explore the free agent market while most are on their rookie contracts. What is surprising is how many Yankees and Dodgers are on this list starting off with the rookie of the year.
1) Aaron Judge, Yankees ($544,500)
Judge was the MLB story of the year with a historic rookie season in the Bronx. Judge led the league with 52 HRs, 128 runs, 127 walks and 208 strikeouts. Factor in his WAR of 8.1 along with his rookie salary and Judge was by far the most underpaid player in the game while also being arguably the face of the game last year.
2) Tommy Pham, Cardinals ($438,450)
In his 4th big league season with the Cardinals Pham put up career high numbers with an incredible .931 OPS in 530 plate appearances which was more than he had his first 3 years combined. Pham finished 11th in MVP voting while making just barely over the league minimum.
3) Luis Severino, Yankees ($550,975)
In just his 3rd season Severino had a breakout season for the Pinstripes while making his first All-Star team and finishing 3rd in the Cy Young race. Severino nearly tossed 200 innings while maintaining and ERA under 3 which is no small feat especially with pitching in home run friendly Yankees Stadium.
4) Corey Seager, Dodgers ($575,000)
Coming off his rookie of the year season in 2016 Seager put up a 5.6 WAR season for the Dodgers while playing an excellent shortstop and winning his 2nd Silver Slugger Award. I would say he's worth every penny and he made less than what a duplex would sell for in Los Angeles.
5) Chris Taylor, Dodgers ($485,218)
Another Dodger makes the list as Taylor enjoyed a breakout season in Los Angeles for the NL Champions in just his 4th season. The utility player got 140 starts at a combination of middle infield and outfield while hitting 21 HRs and an excellent .850 OPS.
6) Jimmy Nelson, Brewers ($547,000)
This Brewers starter enjoyed a breakout campaign in his 5th season with 12 wins, 199 strikeouts and finishing in the top 10 for the NL Cy Young. With a 4.9 WAR the cost was about $111k per WAR which made Nelson a bargain considering CC Sabathia cost nearly $20 million per WAR last year alone.
7) Zack Godley, Diamondbacks ($409,220)
For the league minimum in salary the Dbacks got a pitcher in Godley who threw over 150 innings with a 3.37 ERA and 165 K's.
8) Cody Bellinger, Dodgers ($476,480)
Make that 3 Dodgers on this list of underpaid players which seems crazy since their payroll was north of $200 million last season. The NL Rookie of the year put up 39 HRs and nearly drove in 100 runs despite being in the minors for the first month and a half.
9) Aaron Nola, Phillies ($544,000)
Despite playing on an awful Phillies team Nola put up some outstanding numbers while securing a spot in the rotation in just his third big league season. A winning record, 3.54 ERA and 184 K's is no small feat while making less than a tenth of what Cole Hamels made last season.
10) Gary Sanchez, Yankees ($557,900)
What in the world is going on when you have 3 Yankees that are actually UNDERPAID? Sanchez followed up his excellent rookie season with an even better sophomore campaign which included 33 HRs, an All-Star appearance and a Silver Slugger award. It's amazing to think the combination of the two Baby Bombers (Aaron Judge) made just a tad over a million last season while putting up over 80 HRs and 200 RBIs.
I don't want to sound like a prude but even Jerry Sandusky got a little uncomfortable with Tom Brady's son going in for seconds with a kiss that seemed way too passionate for any, you know, normal human being.
Not only is Tom Brady the greatest QB of all-time with his five Super Bowl rings but apparently he's the greatest at letting a grown man massage him while making out with his son on camera. Again these are perfectly normal activities and I am in no way judging Brady for tongue fighting his young son. I mean you can only imagine what goes on when cameras aren't around if this kind of shit is "normal" in the Brady household. Gotta cringe when Brady says to his son "what do I get" and "that was just a peck" in order for him to make out with his son. But then again with the recent scandals at Penn State and Michigan State it's only perfectly normal for a Michigan man like Tom Brady to keep the Big Ten rolling in the "To Catch A Predator" standings.
Now excuse me while I go bathe in vinegar. By the way Eagles win by 3 touchdowns now. No way Brady overcomes this. His legacy will always be remembered for frenching his son right before Super Bowl 52 and thus destroying the Patriots dynasty internally like his tongue in his son's mouth and soul.
PS I did some more research and it looks like Tom Brady likes to make out with all of his family members including his parents. Okey dokey.
Meh. I feel like this one was a swing and a miss. Like a Matt Ryan to Julio Jones pass with less than a minute to go in Philadelphia. It should have been caught by Julio and this Dilly Dilly commercial should have sealed it for Bud Light's championship run in funny commercials. But this one tried too hard and honestly it wasn't funny. The Bud Knight just doesn't work. I need more of the goofy monk yelling "Dilly Dilly." Hopefully this is just some fake commercial release by Budweiser to get people to talk how bad it is only to release an actual funny one come game day.
Verdict: This Super Bowl Bud Knight commercial doesn't get a Dilly Dilly review and deserves to be vanquished to the pit of misery.
The Philadelphia Eagles are going to the Super Bowl and what better shirt is there to wear than our classic "Philly Philly" friends of the crown shirt?
We kept with the simple design of our Dilly Dilly shirts and just changed the wording to Philly Philly while going with the classic throwback Randall Cunningham green shirt. Philadelphia Eagles fans can avoid the pit of misery and be a true friend of hopefully the Super Bowl crown with this original SportsCrack Philly Philly Shirt.
#33Trucking #BeatCanes #GoIrish
This feels like the good old days when both of these programs were battling for #1 supremacy. #3 Notre Dame vs #7 Miami for a chance to stay in the playoff hunt. Catholics vs the undefeated Convicts in Miami on primetime TV is what college football is all about.
BUY HERE CATHOLICS VS CONVICTS SHIRT!
I guess this is being passed around Cleveland. Contentland being Contentland pic.twitter.com/EJgEpubZCn— Busted Coverage (@bustedcoverage) November 7, 2017
Classic rookie mistake here by Cleveland Browns QB Deshone Kizer. Never buy your own condoms without using the self checkout line and as a Notre Dame man you should never be using Trojans. We all know Trojans burst. Gotta have better pocket awareness Kizer. Magnums are the way to go.
The balls on this old lady are dragging the cigarette ash around her feet at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Good lord she just puffed her cigarette in front of this officer like he was some minion from Auburn. "How dare you disturb my smoking you commoner!" Got to love the way she pulled the old person card and went dead weight as soon he grabbed her. Just completely lost all motor functions, legs no longer work.
Do better Alabama. I would rather deal with drunk people than cigarette smoke all in my face.
Whether it be blocking people on social media or opening holes for #33Trucking to drive through Notre Dame left tackle Mike McGlinchey is a man of few words but many pancake blocks. He's the Bubba Gump of blocks whether it be hoops blocking, fidget spinner blocking, jenga blocking and the occasional cock blocking. McGlinchey did another excellent round of blocking vs Wake Forest to help Notre Dame gain 720 total yards of offense including 380 on the ground. Keep on blocking Big Mike so we can get #33 to truck it to New York City.