Have we had any Vlad Jr. content in a while? No? Yes? Who cares! There’s never too much Vlad Jr. content.
Over the weekend, Major League Baseball announced Shohei Ohtani and Ronald Acuna won Rookie of the Year in their respective leagues. In response, MLB Pipeline put out an article predicting who would win the awards in 2019. Guess who was at the top of the list?!!
The No. 1 prospect in baseball has to be considered the front-runner for ROY honors next year, doesn’t he? He flirted with a .400 batting average for much of the season and reached Triple-A at age 19, finishing the year with an OPS over 1.000 across four levels. He then capped things off with a very productive Arizona Fall League campaign.
Definitely. I think especially with a week or two of seasoning in Triple-A at the beginning of the season Vlad is a very good bet to win this thing. If he doesn’t get those extra reps to work on his, uh, base running, then maybe not!
Also, Danny Jansen got some love from Pipeline!
A solid all-around backstop, Jansen was able to shake off past injuries to homer in the Futures Game and make his big league debut in 2018. Russell Martin is still under contract for a year, but Jansen should get most of the time behind the plate in 2019.
Large Adult Sons! They’re on their way! It’s good!