Futures Game Newsbeat
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
It’s OK not to swing at pitches out of the strike zone. It’s not OK letting perfectly good pitches over the plate go by to wait for the perfect pitch.
Athletics first baseman Matt Olson heard it all the time growing up. He’s big, he’s strong and he hits the ball a long way, so why not expand the zone to drive in more runs.
But drawing walks always has been part of what Olson does. It’s part of his approach and one he’s not changing. For his career, Olson has a .127 isolated on-base percentage (on-base percentage minus batting average).
“My dad and high school coach would tell me swing the bat. It’s funny to look back on it,” he said. “I would hear, ‘Swing at that pitch 2 inches off the plate and see what you can do with it,’” Olson said.
It’s safe to say that Olson, 21, doesn’t hear that anymore. The A’s emphasize avoiding outs. A walk helps keep the inning going.
With the exception of his .373 on-base percentage Olson’s stats have not been all that impressive this year at Double-A Midland. But the A’s say they see the same player and the same swings. Olson says he doesn’t think he needs to change anything, even if the results haven’t been there yet–he’s hitting .223/.373/.376 with eight home runs.
“I’m not down there changing anything,” he said. “The way my approach was last year and how I’ve continued this year I believe is right for me.”
Monday, July 13, 2015
Sunday, July 12, 2015
A reminder that the next big thing might not be.
Of course, far from all of Sunday’s participants will attain their full potential, and the game’s poster boy for untapped promise — or wasted talent, as some might put it — would’ve stood alongside A-Rod and Jeter in that hypothetical ’95 game.
As a matter of fact, if you’re not familiar with the tale of Ruben Rivera — No. 2 on that ’95 list, right behind A-Rod and two ahead of his Yankees teammate Jeter — you can go see him in the Mexican League, where, at 41, he plays regularly (and hits pretty well) for the Olmecas de Tabasco.
Posted: July 12, 2015 at 10:39 AM | 18 comment(s)
The Futures Game’s best tools.
U.S.: Lucas Giolito, Nationals (80). With all of the velocity that will be on display, Giolito has the only 80 fastball, an upper-90s (you might see triple digits) heater that stands out even more because of his abilty to command it.
World: Frankie Montas, White Sox (70). Montas has touched triple digits and could do so again on Sunday in his short stint, with many feeling he might belong in the bullpen long-term.
Posted: July 12, 2015 at 10:36 AM | 6 comment(s)
Thursday, June 25, 2015
As the league’s press release notes, the U.S. team features 13 former first round draft picks, two second round picks and three players picked in the Compensation Round between first and second. The World team features one Compensation Round pick. Six of the first round picks are from the 2014 Draft, three in the 2013 Draft, two in the 2012 Draft and two in the 2011 Draft.
The World Team features players from seven different countries and territories, with The Dominican Republic being represented by 13 players, Venezuela five, Puerto Rico three, and Curacao, Germany, Nicaragua and Taiwan each having one.
Lucas Giolito, Mark Appel, JP Crawford, and Aaron Judge are some of the top names in the game that has been depleted by all the MLB promotions!
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