The 2015 MLB season is rapidly approaching. If you don’t feel much excitement around the game of baseball this season or very much never, we’re here to change that opinion of your’s as we give you one reason to watch every Major League Baseball team this season in the following.
Arizona Diamondbacks: Yasmany Tomas
Tomas was one of the many Cuban prospects to be signed this MLB off-season, giving the Diamondbacks a deadly combination of Paul Goldschmidt, Mark Trumbo, and of course Yasmany Tomas which will be very exciting to see this upcoming season.
Atlanta Braves: Nick Markakis
Markakis was the Braves major splash this off-season after the team traded away Jason Heyward to the St. Louis Cardinals. Markakis will be coming over from the American League to the National League which may be a difcult task for him, but he should be able to fit in just find.
Baltimore Orioles: The Return of Matt Wieters
Wieters missed 136 games last year due to getting Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, leaving the Orioles without their former all-star catcher for a majority of the season and their playoff run, which with no doubt about it affected the Orioles majorly in the playoffs.
Boston Red Sox: Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval
The two major free agent accusations by the Boston Red Sox will make the Red Sox infield deadly with Pablo Sandoval at 3rd base, Hanley Ramirez at shortstop, Dustin Pedroia at 2nd base, and David Ortiz at 1st base. Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez are the players to watch because of the impact they will have on the Red Sox infield.
Chicago Cubs: Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, and Jorge Soler
The future “Big 3” of baseball if you want. We have already seen Bryant, Baez, and Soler hit back, to back, to back home runs in Spring Training, and everyone loves a good home run right? With these three players with the Cubs, there will for sure be plenty of home runs this year in the Windy City.
Chicago White Sox: Revamped Roster
The Chicago White Sox were one of the biggest winners of the baseball off-season this year. They were able to go out and get guys like Adam LaRcohe, Melkly Cabrera, Jeff Samardzija, Emilio Bonifacio, Zach Duke, and many many others. Baseball is about to get exciting in Chi Town.
Cincinnati Reds: Billy Hamilton
The Reds system has produced some great players over the years. Most recent name has been Aroldis Chapman, who is known for his lightling fast fastball that has went as fast as 106 miles per hour. Billy Hamilton runs about 106 miles per hour, and with him getting ready to start his 2nd full year in the Majors’ he should be even more better.
Cleveland Indians: Brandon Moss
Brandon Moss was traded to the Indians during the off-season and will make a huge impact on their line-up right away. He will also be able to be the designated hitter for the Indians, which is something un-clear for them at this time, plus Carlos Santana and Nick Swisher all missed time last year, so why not have some Moss Power to help cover that?
Colorado Rockies: Stacked Outfield
One thing the Rockies do have going for them is there good outfielders. Lead by Carlos Gonzalez and followed by others like Charlie Blackmon, Corey Dickerson, and Drew Stubbs there is a good core of starting outfielders, plus a 4th outfielder that could start on most teams, which most teams do not have.
Detroit Tigers: Stacked Lineup
The 2015 Detroit Tigers line-up lead by Miguel Cabrera, will also feature Alex Avila, Ian Kinsler, Yoenis Cespedes, and Victor Martinez. The pitching is also pretty good too, but you can just already feel the line-up striking fear into the eyes of opposing pitchers right now.
Houston Astros: Jose Altuve
Who doesn’t love watching a little guy play? The Astros center piece for their future plan is already debated as one of the top 2nd basemen in the league. Just because he doesn’t wow you with the power stats doesn’t mean he isn’t exciting to watch, as he batted .341 last year and has a career batting average of .302. Altuve is just one of many promising young talents you can watch this year, most notably George Springer, who exploded onto the scene last year.
Kansas City Royals: Lorenzo Cain
Lorenzo Cain was named 2014 ACLS MVP for a reason, as Cain will take his game to the next level this season, while we all watch the Royals this season and think, remember this is the team that made the World Series, we’re expecting a lot out of them. Lorenzo Cain will give it all he has to make that happen again I am sure.
Los Angeles Angels: Mike Trout
It’s simple to watch the Angels again this year, because you get to watch the best player in baseball in Mike Trout play. While Trout may just be one player, he is the type of guy that can turn a team into a World Series contender right away, and Trout is one of the few players in the league to be a five-tool player, which is something pretty special.
Los Angeles Dodgers: Starting Pitching
The Dodgers have the lukury of having two players that could both be aces on virtually any team in Major League Baseball. Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke are two outstanding pitchers who no team wants to face, and with guys like Hyun-Jin Ryu and Brandon McCarthy behind Kerhsaw and Greinke, it only gets better.
Miami Marlins: Gincarlo Stanton is Here to Stay
Many questioned if Stanton would stay with the Miami Marlins and Stanton and the Marlins showed that their committed to each other long term in a big way. Stanton was signed to a 13-year contract worth 325 million with the Marlins in November, making him the highest paid player in MLB history, and the true superstar in Miami.
Milwaukee Brewers: Ryan Braun’s Thumb is 100%
Last year, Brewers superstar outfielder Ryan Braun was battling a nagging thumb injury that forced his numbers to take a big dip. With Braun getting surgery on his thumb and him saying his thumb is now 100%, he should be ready to reclaim his status as one of the games best.
Minnesota Twins: Torii Hunter is Back
Torii Hunter is back in Minnesota this season. Hunter originally played for the Twins from 1997 all the way to 2007 before signing with the Angels. Hunter was then a Tiger for two years, and when his contract was up last season, he decided it was time to comeback where it all started. Sure the team may not be so great, but this is more than likely Hunter’s last year in Major League Baseball.
New York Mets: Matt Harvey’s Return
2013 National League all-star Matt Harvey missed all of the 2014 season with a torn ligament in his elbow which needed Tommy John surgery. Harvey will finally return to the Mets this season, giving Mets fans their ace back and one of the best pitchers in the game back.
New York Yankees: CC Sabathia and Ivan Nova’s Return
It was a crazy year for the Yankees pitching wise. Masahiro Tanaka was so close to getting Tommy John surgery, while two of the Yankees key pieces to their rotation in CC Sabathia and Ivan Nova both missed large portions of the season due to injures. Sabathia with his knee, and Nova with his elbow. With those two back along side with Tanaka hopefully at full strength it should be interesting to see what this staff can do.
Oakland Athletics: Money Ball Part 3?
We’ve seen Billy Beane do it before. Gets rid of players that he feels as though he won’t be able to keep and bring in guys who can you know get on base. It’s not just that, when Beane makes these moves everyone questions them, but will it end up working for him the miss time? This could be an interesting thing to watch.
Philadelphia Philles: Ben Revere
One of the few young guys on the Philles should be fun to watch this year. I mean, the team most likely won’t be, but Revere’s amazing speed and outstanding defense will be fun to watch this season for the Philles while your general manger desperatley tries to trade guys like Ryan Howard and Jonathan Papplebon.
Pittsburgh Pirates: Stacked Outfield
The Pirates outfield is no joke. Lead by 2013 NL MVP Andrew McCutchen the outfield is among the best in baseball, and it features tomorrow’s stars in Starling Marte, Gregory Polanco and many others that could get some time in the outfield for the Pirates this season. Be on the look out for them as the outfield could be a big reason why the Pirates will raise the Jolly Roger this season.
San Diego Padres: Roster Makeover
The Padres were not playing around at all this off-season. The team went all out to acquire top talent as they ended up getting Matt Kemp, Derek Norris, Will Middlebrooks, Will Myers, Justin Upton, and James Shields to make them instant forces in the National League and even Major League Baseball. Will it all pay off? You’ll have to watch the Padres to find out.
San Francisco Giants: Defending World Series Champions
This one is pretty simple. Why wouldn’t you watch the team that won it all last season? The thing that’s special with the Giants too is that they have won three titles in the last five years (2010, 2012, 2014), so why not watch to see what un-folds for the Giants this season coming off yet another big World Series run by the team.
Seattle Mariners: Nelson Cruz
When Robinson Cano signed with the Mariners on a ten-year 240 million dollar contract in 2013 it sent shock waves throughout Major League Baseball. In Cano’s first year with the team Cano didn’t really have anyone to protect him in the batting order. Now he does, as the Mariners snagged Nelson Cruz in free agency who lead all of Major League Baseball in home runs last season.
St. Louis Cardinals: Jason Heyward
It’s unfortunate that Oscar Taveras, who was set to become the Cardinals starting right field this season, was killed in a car accident not giving him the chance to do that. The Cardinals however rebounding in a great way by trading for Jason Hayward, who will make the Cardinals that much more of a threat than they were already were to the rest of Major League Baseball.
Tampa Bay Rays: Young Pitching Core
While the Rays traded away their best pitcher in David Price last season at MLB’s trading deadline, the Rays still kept some of their younger pieces which should still make quite the dangerous rotation in Alex Cobb, Matt Moore, Jake Odorizzi, and others, which could be tough for teams to match-up against even though the Rays don’t have much offense left.
Texas Rangers: Prince Fielder’s Return
When the Rangers traded Ian Kinsler to the Tigers in-exchange for Prince Fielder, the deal seemed like a great deal for both sides, but Fielder only appeared in 42 games due to a neck injury with the Rangers where he had a batting average of .247 with 3 home runs and 16 runs batted in. With Fielder fully healthy now, it should be interesting to see how he performs in his first full season with the Rangers this year.
Toronto Blue Jays: Stacked Lineup
With the Blue Jays acquiring Josh Donaldson, it adds to one of the best offenses in baseball that will feature of course Donaldson, Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarancion, Jose Reyes, and Russell Martin which should also be just as or if not more dangerous than the Tigers starting lineup. You can’t also sleep on their rotation, which is also pretty scary.
Washington Nationals: Starting Rotation
The Washington Nationals rotation is the actual definition of scary. The rotation features three or maybe even four guys that could be aces on other teams in Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmerman, Doug Fister, Gio Gonzalez, and of course the Nationals big off-season move which is Max Scherzer, which will give the Nationals the advantage pitching wise and the pitching is also a main reason why the Nationals are favored to win the National League right now.
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