We are in the second week of exhibition games, and opening day is getting closer. We are starting to get some clear answers on some of the questions baseball fans had going into the 2021 season.
Who is the front runner for the final spot in the Dodgers rotation? How good can the Padres rotation be? We answer those questions and highlight some of the other baseball news from the week in baseball.
—The Houston Astros signed pitcher Jake Odorizzi to a two-year contract. Justin Verlander is already out for the 2021 season as he recovers from Tommy John’s surgery. Also, Framber Valdez may miss the season due to a broken finger.
Odorizzi was with the Twins, the last three seasons compiling a 22-18 record with a 4.11 ERA with 352 strikeouts.
Odorizzi joins a rotation with Zack Grienke, Christian Javier, Lance McCuellars Jr., and Jose Urquidy.
—The New York Yankees have one of the top prospects in all of baseball, and he is just 18 years old.
Despite not playing professional baseball in 2020, Jason Dominguez remains the number one international prospect in MLB. Dominguez is also ranked number 32 on the top 100 overall prospect list, according to MLB.com. He also happens to be the number one prospect in the New York Yankees Organization.
Dominguez has drawn comparisons to Bo Jackson and Mike Trout. He will make his professional debut in the Yankees organization this year.
-There is some good competition in the Dodgers camp for the fifth spot in the starting rotation. Jose Urias, Dustin May, and Tony Gonsolin all went to spring training with the hope of getting that fifth spot.
David Price, Trevor Bauer, Clayton Kershaw, and Walker Buehler already have the top four spots locked up.
At this time, it looks as if Jose Urias has jumped head of Dustin May and Tony Gonsolin for the fifth spot in the rotation. May went 3-0 last season with a 3.27 ERA in 11 starts.
-When the Cleveland Indians sent Francisco Lindor to the Mets, they insisted on getting shortstop Amed Rosario and prospect Andres Gimenez as part of the deal.
The Indian’s had penciled in Rosario as the opening day starter at short. But Andres Gimenez has everyone’s attention in camp with his hot bat and timely base running.
Gimenez is hitting .417 with two homers and six runs batted in through five games. If Gimenez continues to swing a hot bat, the Indians will certainly have a tough decision to make between Rosario and Gimenez as the starting shortstop.
-The San Diego Padres starting rotation looks to be in mid-season form. Blake Snell, Yu Darvish, Joe Musgrove, Chris Paddack, and MacKenzie Gore have pitched 11 innings combined with 12 strikeouts and have allowed zero runs this spring.
The talk all off-season was will be who has the best rotation in baseball? The Dodgers or the Padres? It’s only spring training, but let’s give the early advantage to San Diego.
—Milwaukee has signed Boston outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. to a two-year deal worth 24 million dollars.
Bradley won a gold glove in 2018 and was part of the AL All-Star team in 2016. He has good speed and is very good defensively but has never hit the ball with authority. Bradley has hit over .250 just twice in his career.
He will join a Brewer’s outfield with Christian Yelich, Avisail Garcia, and Lorenzo Cain.