’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Players I Would Like To Watch Take Batting Practice’
I love the tradition of batting practice. I love that guys still feel like they have to get into the cage to sharpen their skills.
And while I have seen my share of BP during Spring Training, I have never had the chance to witness BP at a major league park.
So, for this week’s ‘Top Ten List’, I will offer up to you the top ten players that I would like to watch take BP today.
ANd the list is not going to be composed of just home run hitters, although there are many on here that are. My list is of the guys that I think are becoming of have become masters of hitting – and I would like to watch them do their thing.
Honorable Mention – Josh Hamilton, Robinson Cano, Ryan Howard, David Ortiz, Jose Bautista, Brian McCann, Carlos Pena, Adrian Gonzalez, and Adam Dunn.
And now onto the ‘Top Ten’:
10 – Josh Johnson. I know that he is a pitcher, but he is a powerful hitter too. I have seen him launch some longballs in live games, he has to be fun to watch taking 60 mile per hour pitches in BP.
9 – Evan Longoria. He packs a mighty swing, and he can hit to all areas of the park.
8 – Ichiro. The greatest hitter in the game since Tony Gwynn. I am thinking that he can point to a location and hit the ball to that spot pretty well; a la Babe Ruth!
7 – Hanley Ramirez. While slumping horribly this season, I know that he hits the ball very hard when he connects.
6 – Jayson Heyward. If what I have heard is true, nobody hits the ball harder than this young guy. And when Hank Aaron says that, I pay attention!!
5 – Ryan Braun. Possibly the most underrated hitter in the sport, Braun is rapidly becoming one of the best hitters in the National League. And he is a threat for 30 home runs every year too…
4 – Alex Rodriguez. I’d love to see what he is able to do at this stage of his career. He still puts up solid numbers, just not the numbers he once did. I’d also love to see him in the HR Derby – I think he still has what it takes to contend for the title.
3 – Albert Pujols. I’ll take the Pujols with a healthy arm, not a broken one please. I would love to see this guy taking BP – can you imagine the bombs he launches when he’s getting 60 mile per hour balls tossed to him? WHOA!!
2 – Mike Stanton. I watch a lot of Marlins games and this guys crushes the ball. He strikes out a lot too, but when he makes solid contact, the ball sails. He is a future Home Run league leader – trust me!
1 – Prince Fielder. I consider Prince to be the greatest showman in the sport today. He has a lot of personality, and his performance backs up his persona. And for a big guy, he always hovers around that .300 mark too, which is very impressive!!
And there you have it!!!
Did I miss any one? Let me hear it!!
Oh, and before I forget – There will be no ‘Top Ten List’ next Sunday night. It is a very special day at ’30-YOC’ so the ‘Top Ten’ will be skipping a week. Make sure you stop by to see why….