Let’s dispense with the formalities and get right to the action:
1B: Paul Goldschmidt – AZ
2B: Brandon Phillips – CIN
3B: Todd Frazier – CIN
SS: Troy Tulowitzki – COL
C: Yadier Molina – STL
OF: Shin Soo Choo – CIN, Bryce Harper – WASH, Justin Upton – ATL
The toughest position was the outfield. Ryan Braun & all of the Rockie outfielders are deserving as well. Choo has really added an edge to the Reds and he’s such a complete player. I think we’ll look back at that move being the key one of the off-season when it’s all said and done this year. Harper & Upton are both on fire and I’m glad we put to bed all that garbage about Upton not being a winning player, etc, etc. I think the Diamondbacks did a real disservice to themselves by knocking him and deflating his trade value before the move was made.
Todd Frazier was a guy I was wrong about when I scouted. I only got a brief look and saw the same flawed swing his older brother had. Combine that with an affirming opinion I trusted and I didn’t do as much digging as I should have. It’s the one judgment I regret the most because it would’ve been the easiest mistake to avoid. What an asset he’s been to that club in Cincinnati and he’s clearly having a great time playing there.
Finally, I took Molina over Buck because I’d be surprised if Buck’s hot streak lasted into May & I think the world of Molina’s all-around game. I knew he’d be a plus receiver but he’s been able to demonstrate he’s a consistent .300 hitter as well. If he earned a few more walks, he’d be the perfect catcher.
Next up on my hit list of blog posts is a piece about opportunity costs relating to control of young players as well as my All-Star pitcher selections.
One last thing, don’t be shocked if Anthony Rendon works his way into the playoff roster for the Nats, should they get there. The general impression is that they’re a bat short (and perhaps a `pen arm short as well) right now. This major league stint of Rendon’s during Zimmerman’s DL stay lets the front office take his temperature, so to speak, and gives them an idea of where they stand moving forward. Fans tend to put a lot of stock in pre-season predictions but the truth is that MLB rosters are more fluid than people think. Mid-season adjustments are often the difference between October baseball & October golf.