Tagged: Cactus League

The Trout Farm: Officially Open for Business

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Now it makes sense. They've been hiding him because he's booked for bobble head night in Cedar Rapids. I mean it's Cedar Rapids! And Kernel's At The Park. Can't miss it.

Mike Trout is not ready for the regular season. In fact, he’s not even ready for Spring Training. Going into the Spring, I was hoping he’d show off enough skills to get him onto the Angels roster for Opening Day. Alas, he did not play. At all. But, Ladies and Gentlemen, have no fear… We’ve had a Mike Trout sighting. He started the Angels v Royals game, going 0/3 with a walk and a K. I’ll get to see him play in person, next week at Scottsdale Stadium. (Provided he’s playing. At this point, I’m guessing he will be. Has a lot of ground to make up). Here we go, Angels fan going to yell at me about why he wasn’t playing. Speaking of Here We Go, anyone else see that Bud Light commercial? With the dog? Come on now, that is some funny ish.

C.J. Wilson, 5 innings, 5K, 0BB, ready for the regular season.

Jordan Walden? Goodness gracious. 0.1IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER. The good news? He didn’t walk anybody. Walden’s got a 108.00ERA this Spring. Suffice to say, that’s not good. Maybe he’ll be in Cedar Rapids, too. Double the promotion. Double the fun. 2,000 bobble heads!

Rain the only thing that can stop Mariners

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I got a chance to see Hector Noesi throw a few innings live via the new DirectTV app, on the new iPad. Let me tell you the only thing more sick than Noesi’s breaking ball is this new DirectTV app. Noesi was acquired by the Mariners, along with Jesus “The Savior” Montero, for Michael Pineda. I believe when it’s all said and done, the M’s will have pulled the wet wool (it is raining, duh!) over the Yankees eyes in this deal. Pineada is good, but these two prospects are better.

 

 

Hector Noesi

One down, two to go and Matt Kemp

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"So understand I don't, Manny. Is it cream? Or is it clear? English confusing, no?"

Yoenis Cespedes sure is fun to say. Let’s hope he’s as fun to watch. I have a feeling he’s going to be. Anyone want to bet he goes yard today in his first start with the Oakland A’s? Unfortunately I’m back in San Diego, so I cannot attend the game, but I’ll update his progress as best I can.

Cespedes start brings us to the next question, when will we see the other two top prospects, Jurickson Profar and Mike Trout? I figured for sure Trout would have started every possible game for the Angels, but he has yet to sniff the field. Something smells fishy. Get it? Trout? Fishy?

Same with Profar for Texas. Get on the field. Sometimes I think GM’s baby their prospects a little too much.

Speaking of getting on the field, we’ve had a Matt Kemp sighting. I know, he’s been playing. (Kind of). He went deep yesterday and is gearing up for his 50/50 season. I say the odds of him doing it are less than 50/50. Like way less.

##Cespedes, 2/2 with a walk, a run scored, 2 RBI, a HR and a single. Not bad for your first appearance.

The other Montero

I’ve spent a lot of time discussing Jesus Montero and for good reason. He’s obviously got the talent and he’s playing well this Spring. But let’s not forget there is another Montero who plays catcher. One who has been doing it successfully and consistently for a few years now. Miguel Montero, the D’Back, is a baller. And if you don’t believe me, just check out his new ride. Goodness gracious. And that’s without a long term deal. Thanks to Steve Gilbert, MLB beat writer for AZ, for the pic.

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Break up the Mariners

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Montero's future so bright, gotta wear shades.

All that hype. All that talk. Pujols. CJ Wilson. Yu Darvish. Angels. Rangers. Even the Athletics. Manny. Cespedes.

And here we sit. The Seattle Mariners have the best record in all of the Cactus League. They are now 6-1, plus 4-0 on the road. Not that it means much in Spring Training. Not that any of those wins mean a damn thing in Spring Training. Still with Jesus Montero, Justin Smoak and Dustin Ackley, the M’s have some serious talent to build around. Each of them are playing extremely well this Spring. Throw in “The Condor”, aka Michael Saunders, and Carlos Peguero and Seattle looks a little sunnier. Although at 6’5″ 245 lbs, Peguero would blot out the sun should he make it to SafeCo Field. Something tells me the Mariners would have no qualms about playing in the shade if he continues to tear the cover off the baseball.

Ladies and gentlemen, we’ve had a Ryan Braun sighting. Although with the glare coming off his smile lately, I’m not sure it was him.

No, R-Breezy wasn’t holding another press conference with his hair perfectly quaffed. He actually decided to work today and in the process lost a baseball with a 2-run HR. Good for him. I’m sure he’s clean. And by that I mean, showered after the game today. Maybe he even used a little Axe body spray while he was at it.

 

What Yu Talkin’ About, Darvish?

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Got my first look at Baby Japanese Jesus today, although it was via live streaming video. I wish I was there in person. Would have been fun to see.

Anyway, I watched the first inning versus the San Diego Padres. Yu struck out Cameron Maybin looking on a nasty curveball. He also fanned Carlos Quentin on a slider that CQ missed by a foot.

Darvish 1 – MLB 0.

Straight Cash, homie

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Andrew Cash Money Cashner was acquired from the Cubs by the San Diego Padres for 1st baseman Anthony Rizzo, both clubs essentially swapping top prospects. The difference is, Cash Money throws the ball hard. Like really hard. Like on Sunday, between 100-103 MPH hard. Cashner threw ten pitches in a scoreless appearance, striking out two. All ten pitches were fastballs. Umm, duh. If you threw 100+, you’d be throwing nothing but gas, too.

Move over Aroldis Chapman and Stephen Strasburg (SDSU in the house), there’s a new flame thrower in the National League. Now there is a 100+MPH pitcher in each division in the NL. Josh Byrnes strikes again.

For more on the Rizzo/Chashner deal, check out our Unofficial Guide to Spring Training.