Posted by Steve
I’m very much looking forward to today’s game, even though I’m guessing the Brewers won’t win. That’s because the Crew will be facing Tommy Hanson, one of the best pitching prospects in the game. His numbers in AAA this year are downright stupid. It’s like a video game: 66.1 innings, 1.49 ERA, 17 walks, 40 hits, 90 (!!!) strikeouts.
I was talking with a friend the other day, and we were discussing how the end of May/June has become the time for top prospects to come to the big leagues over the past couple years. There are certain evens I really look forward to in a baseball season (opening day, MLB draft, trade deadline) but the “June Call-ups” have definitely been added to my list.
I don’t have any proof of this, but it just seems to me that there have been more big names called up this year than in the past. This is just off the top of my head, but here are some stud prospects who have debuted over the last few weeks: Matt Wieters (Orioles), Matt LaPorta (Indians), Gordon Beckham (White Sox), Mat Gamel (duh), Reid Brignac (Rays), David Price (first MLB start, anyway–Rays), Andrew McCutchen (Pirates), Rick Porcello (Tigers), Jordan Zimmerman (Nationals), Daniel Bard (Red Sox), Gerardo Parra (Diamondbacks), Fernando Martinex (Mets).
I went to an Orioles game with some guys from work. We had planned it a few weeks in advance, and it randomly ended up being Wieters’ MLB debut. That was pretty cool… It was definitely Wieters Mania at Camden Yards (which is a great stadium, by the by). Wieters is Baseball America’s number one prospect. Now today I’ll get to score the game for Hanson’s debut, so I’ve had some pretty good luck lately. Hanson is the number four prospect according to BA. In case you’re wondering, four Brewers make BA’s top 100: Alcides Escobar (19), Mat Gamel (34), Brett Lawrie (81) and Jeremy Jeffress (100).