Today is like Christmas, only better. Why you ask? Pitchers and catchers have reported, which means baseball is almost here! While watching players stretch isn’t terribly exciting for now, there will be live baseball on in just a couple of weeks. We should start getting a better idea of what the Houston Astros will look once the games start, but for now, here is what has been happening around the AL West.
While the Astros have a great farm system, the Oakland Athletics have the first or second ranked first baseman in the minors, depending on who you ask. Matt Olson clubbed 37 homers last year in High-A ball. Jason gives us a look at what the scouts are saying about Olson.
Staff writer Nick Avila gives us some players to watch out for from Oakland this spring. There are videos, and even a Tupac reference. This is California after all.
Sodo Mojo staff writer Josh Sandaker gives us his take on the Mariners’ outfield as we enter spring training with his “locks”, “maybes” and “probably nots”.
The folks over at Sodo Mojo have put together something quite wonderful. They are selling t-shirts, with all of the proceeds going to the Vs. Cancer Foundation. You can find out more at the link below.
As I have said in my articles about why the Astros will be better than the Rangers this season, Texas is counting on a lot of health from players that flooded the injury list a year ago. One day into spring training, and they’ve already likely lost Jurickson Profar for the season.
If you’d like to read why the Astros will be better than the Rangers, here is part two in the series, which was posted yesterday.
Finally, we turn to the Angels. Over at Halo Hangout, editor Brian Helberg takes a look at a spring position battle for LAA.
Helberg also writes about the Angels’ high expectations as we near the 2015 season.
The Astros will be in a tough division this season, but with a little luck, and some improvements at key positions, they could be a very formidable opponent in 2015. We’ll have another link dump for you on Monday to discuss all of the news from the first few days of spring training!
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