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10 Prospects Who Will Contribute In 2018

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As we get closer to the start of the regular season, I put together a list of ten players who i think will contribute to there teams this year.

Jorge Alfaro Catcher Phillies

Alfaro has raw power and offensive potential, but he needs to fine-tune his approach as a hitter and continue to make strides to improve defensively to be a complete player.

Shohei Ohtani RHP/DH Angels

Ohtani will pitch and DH for the Angels this year. He is a four-pitch pitcher with a mid-90s fastball, forkball, slider and an occasional curve. Ohtani also has home run power and speed at the plate. What Ohtani is trying to do, Play both ways at a high level will impact baseball for years.

Willie Calhoun OF Rangers

Calhoun’s bat is ready for the big leagues, he hit 69 homers in 333 minor league games and 31 of those homers came last year. The question for the Rangers is where does he play in that outfield, looks like it could be left field.

Willie Adames SS/2B Rays

Adames is a potential face of the franchise player for the Rays, Scouts love his intangibles and leadership potential. Those things can take Adames a long way in his career.

J.P Crawford SS Phillies

Crawford had some struggles in the last couple season in the minor league, but the second half of last season he turned it around a bit. Crawford has all the tools he just needs to put them all together.

Ronald Acuna OF Braves

Acuna has the biggest upside of any players in the minors, Acuna had one of the best seasons in minor league history and capped it off with winning the MVP of the Arizona fall league. Acuna is a five-tool talent, who will break the big leagues this year.

Lewis Brinson OF Marlins

Brinson is a speed-power combination player. Brinson struggled a bit in 21 games as Brewer but is poised for a break out year with the young Marlins.

Gleyber Torres IF Yankees

Torres is coming off Tommy John surgery but will have a chance to make the opening day roster with openings at third and second base for the Yankees. Torres is a very mature player for his age, which will help a lot in New York.

Brent Honeywell RHP Rays

Honeywell throws in the mid-90s and has a screwball, which is a good pitch to have. With the combination of stuff and command, he can be the future ace of the Rays franchise.

Luiz Gohara LHP Braves

Gohara throws in the upper 90s, but his secondary pitches have got a lot better along with his command around the plate. With everything starting to come together for Gohara, he has a future at the top of the Braves rotation

 

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White Sox Acquire Ivan Nova

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The Chicago White Sox have acquired right handed starter Ivan Nova from the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray.

According to Fancred’s Jon Heyman, the Pirates will receive a “young pitcher” and an unstated amount of international bonus pool availability in return for Nova.

Nova posted a 9-9 record with a 4.19 ERA last season for the Pirates.

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Yankees “Open To Moving” Miguel Andujar

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The New York Yankees have a future superstar in Miguel Andujar, a fan favorite, yet they have been constantly linked to rumors of being open to dealing him, despite his huge rookie season.

This one, just doesn’t make much sense if the plan is to move Andujar to make room for the likes of Manny Machado.

According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray, the Yankees are “open to moving” Andjuar via trade, but there is no clear trade path to reference at this time.

This development clearly shows the Yankees desire to sign Machado to a free agent deal.

The Yankees and Mets have also been linked in a potential deal that could see Noah Syndergaard end up in New York, with Andujar on his way out.

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Rangers Sign Rafael Montero

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The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms on a minor-league deal with right handed pitcher Rafael Montero, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant.

Montero is still working back from Tommy John surgery, and was once a top prospect in the New York Mets organization , but struggled transitioning to the major league level, putting together a woeful 5.38 ERA over 192 1/3 innings pitched.

 

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