Royce Lewis is starting off his time in MLB the way everyone wants to: by making history. The No.1 draft pick in the 2017 class officially signed with the Minnesota Twins on Saturday, between a doubleheader.
The $6.725 million the Twins rolled to Royce is the most any high school player has received. (No word on whether the Prince umbrella giveaway was thrown in to sweeten the deal.) And Lewis is probably the only new signee to comment on the cleanliness of his new city.
Not everyone can have killer storybook spy names like No.425 overall pick Antoine Mistico, and not everyone can have tools like Lewis, but everybody’s got something.
The card for the tweet up there shows us the first sentence of the story, and you can spot the weasel words right away: might be developing some consistency. I haven’t written about someone taking a baseball to the beans for a week, so I might be giving that beat up. Or maybe I’m sitting in a dark room, waiting, waiting, waiting for someone to crumple over in extreme pain.
But I might be thinking the whole endeavor is just too immature to continue. Might be sitting on a cache of rare paintings to sell, too.
Maybe the article doesn’t need that might be, though. Maybe it was just slipped in by accident, and we’re being too hard on it. How does it read when you click through?
Tebow is gradually finding consistency and discipline at the plate. He had hits in three straight games, and in Sunday’s finale at Hagerstown, he walked twice, including once with the bases loaded in the eighth inning of Columbia’s 5-3 victory.
Hey! That does sound consistent. It feels like the kind of consistency that a fella can build on, and certainly not the kind that can be completely obliterated in the very next paragraph.
The 2017 College World Series commences in Omaha Saturday, with eight teams divided into two four-team brackets for a slate of double elimination mini-tournaments transpiring across the following week.
Five of the original eight national seeds are still standing after the regional and super regional rounds, a group that doesn’t include No. 2 North Carolina, which was upended by Davidson in the Chapel Hill regional tilt.
Fiers has bounced back from a 5.21 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP to start the season with a brilliant month of June, leading the team to a 4-1 record over his last five starts, per the OddsShark MLB Database. Fiers has allowed two runs or fewer in all five of those games.
Oakland has won seven of its last 11 games, an impressive feat for a team that was 27-38 before this run. Each of the Athletics’ last three series have ended in sweeps, as Oakland swept the New York Yankees at home, got swept by the Astros in Oakland, and then swept the Chicago White Sox in Chicago this past weekend.
The Athletics have been tormented by the Astros over the last two seasons with a 1-15 record in their last 16 games against Houston.
Tuesday night’s total is set at 8.5 runs. The OVER is 7-3 in the last 10 games between the Athletics and Astros.
With the way that Houston is playing and the recent history between these two teams, this could be a long series for the Athletics. The series continues Wednesday night with a matchup between Jesse Hahn and David Paulino, and wraps up Thursday with Jharel Cotton facing Brad Peacock.
Kennesaw State and Jacksonville State will play each other in 2018, but the game won’t take place on the traditional gridiron. On Friday, Kennesaw State announced that its game against the Gamecocks next season will be played at SunTrust Park, the new home of the Atlanta Braves that opened in April of this year.
SunTrust Park seats 41,000 people, and it is located in Cobb County, which is northwest of downtown Atlanta, where the Braves’ old stadium, Turner Field, is located.
We couldn’t think of a better way to bring football to SunTrust Park than with Kennesaw State, said Braves president of development Mike Plant via the official release. Vaughn Williams was integral in making this happen, and we’re excited to host this game for Cobb County and Kennesaw State students, faculty and alumni.
The Giants are having a bad season, but at least that means they get to experiment with some of their minor league guys, like power hitter Ryder Jones.
Jays closer Roberto Osuna is dealing with anxiety issues off the field right now, and has shown courage in speaking out about it.
Matt Adams is apparently drawing a lot of interest on the trade market, and this solution to the Braves’ first base logjam seems a lot easier than moving Freddie Freeman to third base.
Kendrys Morales came back to Kansas City for the first time since he signed with the Blue Jays, and so Royals Review decided to look back and Morales’ five best moments wearing Royals blue.
Ready to feel old? Young Dodgers phenom Cody Bellinger went on SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt and admitted that he had no idea who Jerry Seinfeld is.
The Mets are open for business and may be sellers soon
If you take a quick glance at the current NL East standings, there aren’t too many surprises. The Washington Nationals are far ahead of everyone else and appear to be cruising to another divisional title. The Marlins and Braves are fighting for mediocrity, and the Phillies are firmly placed in the cellar. That leaves us with the disappointing Mets, who are going into Saturday’s games with a record of 32-41 — that’s good enough for 4th in the NL East and they’re closer to the Phillies than they are the Nationals.
Tournament upstart Davidson advanced its way out of the Chapel Hill regional, upending No. 2 overall seed North Carolina twice for playing rights against Texas A&M in College Station. The Aggies, for their part, eliminated regional host Houston last weekend, and this best-of-three series with the Wildcats will be the most intriguing of the super regional round.
No. 1 overall national seed Oregon State continues to host for the super regional round in Corvallis, and the Beavers would appear to be the prohibitive favorites to win the entire tournament. They’re matched up with Vanderbilt, though, who averaged more than seven runs per game in winning the Clemson regional.
All the games can be streamed via WatchESPN. We’ll update the schedule and scores below throughout the super regional round.
As far as sponsorship deals go, there’s something really pure about a guy who loves hot sauce getting hot sauce to throw him fancy private brunches in fancy private clubs �� where people pay him to eat his daily Bowl of Doom. I find it admirable that a bajillionaire athlete is still hustling for cheap condiments: He might even get a frozen pizza sponsorship, assuming the DiGiorno people read this article.
If the only downside is that he occasionally has to sit on a bench answering some weird reporter’s inane questions about hot dogs and deserted islands? Well, there are higher prices to pay.
We’re deep into Game 2 of the College World Series championship series, and Florida and LSU have already delivered on what was a much ballyhooed best-of-three tilt. That has continued into Game 2, where a boneheaded LSU base running play wiped the tying run off the board in a close 2-1 affair.
In the top of the seventh inning, LSU logged their first run of the game, plating speedster Zach Watson from second on a Josh Smith double. Then, Jake Slaughter singled through the right side to send Smith to third. After him, catcher Michael Papierski grounded into a double play, and Slaughter’s landing at second was by no means regulation.
Clearly, Killebrew’s obituary was written with a sense of humor, an acknowledgment that he loved the Nationals in spite of blown leads and other shortcomings. Killebrew and his family probably planned to roast the Nationals in some way through his obituary, and used the game as a way to say, Hey, Nationals? You played so bad, you literally killed a man. The addition of sending donations to the Nationals Bullpen Fund is a nice, clever bonus to the bit.
Again, condolences to the Killebrew family on the loss of Patrick, but thanks to them for writing a tongue-in-cheek memorial, and giving something that other disgruntled Nationals fans can chuckle about. Rest in peace, Patrick.
Correction: This post originally made note of the timeline of the Nationals-Marlins series, in which I wrote about the June 20 game, where the Nationals defeated the Marlins 12-3. I wrote that there may have been confusion about the time of Killebrew’s death because of that game. There was no confusion to begin with Killebrew died overnight in his sleep, hours after the Nationals lost on June 19. I would like to sincerely apologize to the Killebrew family for making that error.
Delino DeShields Jr. probably won Father’s Day for wearing the coolest shoes honoring his father and former-Expo, Delino DeShields Sr.
On the toe of his cleats, he added a really cool fun fact about him and his father.
The picture on his shoes is from when his dad played for the Expos, and my goodness, does is get any cuter than this!?
This doesn’t count the fact that as long as Donaldson plays on the same team for the entirety of the 2018 season, the team that loses him will gain a draft pick in the neighborhood of a $10M-$15M value. So he’s more like a little shy of a $70M asset. According to my aggregate prospect list, Only the top 7 prospects in baseball are worth that.
In The Baron’s proposal, Wong was the main piece going back. That makes sense on the Cardinals’ end. The Blue Jays have Devon Travis at second-base. He has three years of control remaining at this season, and has only played at second at the major league level. Maybe he played third in the minors or his profile makes a transition likely, I don’t know. The Blue Jays aren’t a team I follow closely. But I’m not sure they’d be into Wong that much.
That’s OK though, that just changes the details a bit. The team could trade Wong to a contender that needed a second-baseman for a prospect package. Such a team would value in-season help more than the Blue Jays anyway, at least in the scenario where they’re trading Josh Donaldson because the team is out of it at the deadline. The team could then send that prospect package, plus some other stuff to the Blue Jays. For simplicity though, we’ll just refer to this as trading Wong to the Jays.
Jose Altuve stole 3rd because his teammate’s bat got in the way
During Friday’s Red Sox-Astros game, Boston up 2-1 in the eighth inning, Jose Altuve got away with stealing third base. Catcher Christian Vazquez did his best to throw to third, but Evan Gattis’ bat got in the way. Seeing as it was unintentional, there was nothing the umpire could do about it �� shortly after, the Red Sox turned a double play to end the inning, keep the score at 2-1, and eventually win the game.
You may recall a similar incident during Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS between the Rangers and Blue Jays, which SB Nation’s Grant Brisbee titled Choogate.
With Rougned Odor on third, Russell Martin tried to throw back to Aaron Sanchez while Shin-Soo Choo was at bat. However, the throw was deflected by Choo’s bat, turning it into a live ball and giving Odor a chance to score a run. A lot of anger was shown after the incident, but then it was overshadowed by Jose Bautista’s home run and bat flip.
Pitching is the backbone of Kevin O’Sullivan’s outfit this year, and from starter Alex Faedo to closer Michael Byrne, these Gators can throw themselves out of virtually every situation they find themselves in. Faedo was drafted by the Detroit Tigers earlier in the week, and it’ll be surprising if he doesn’t get the ball in Florida’s opener against No. 6 TCU.
The Gators don’t necessarily need to score a truckload of runs to beat a team like, say, Louisville, and that can play as an advantage in long-ranging Omaha. In fact, the Gators hadn’t won a game on a walk-off this season until the first game of their super regional tilt against Wake Forest. The lineup does feature hitters, though, most notably catcher JJ Schwarz, who has three homers in the tournament so far.
College World Series 2017: Bracket and schedule for Omaha set
The College World Series proper commences this weekend in Omaha, Neb., and just eight teams survive from the original field of 64. Five national seeds are still alive: No. 1 Oregon State, No. 3 Florida, No. 4 LSU, No. 6 TCU, and No. 7 Louisville weathered the regional and super regional rounds, with the Beavers having yet to lose a game in the tournament.
No. 2 overall national seed North Carolina got bounced out of their Chapel Hill regional after losing twice to tournament upstart Davidson, who in turn went on to lose to Texas A&M in the College Station super. The Wildcats were thoroughly outmatched against the Aggies, whose pitching staff and power hitting soon muzzled the underdogs.
It includes both the words Now that my charges have been dropped and an awesome picture, so maybe it isn’t the best deterrent. But there are words of caution:
In case you ignore my advice above and decide to run the field anyway, PLEASE DO NOT STREAK. DO NOT EXPOSE YOURSELF. They will add on additional charges, and from what I’ve heard, they are not one bit pretty.
Welcome back to SB Nation’s series of the teams that are bad at filling positions around the ol’ baseball diamond. If you’re a glass-half-full kind of person, you can call this a series of the teams that are great at filling these positions. But as the planet burns and we sink deeper into the cosmic tar, I prefer to laugh at incompetence.
Mayne was a 32-year-old catcher who had never pitched in his life. Not in little league. Not in college. He was in the game because of a minor skirmish that led to a Rockies pitcher getting unexpectedly ejected. He had to face the Braves, including Andruw Jones and Chipper Jones, in extra innings. And he had to do it in Coors Field in 2000, which might have been the toughest place to pitch in baseball history.