Chris Crawford of Baseball Prospectus asked a mix of front office personnel and scouts which minor league third baseman they would start franchise with. Unsurprisingly, the run away winner was Miguel Sano of the Minnesota Twins.
Of note, however, Ryan McMahon ranked third on three of the lists and two on two of the lists. He was either behind Sano or the Red Sox' Rafael Devers, who is currently in Single-A at age 18. In other words, in this very small sample, McMahon is rated as one of the three best third base prospects in all of baseball. McMahon, who is now 20, currently has an OPS of .892 in the High-A California League. It will be fun to track his development in the coming years.
Thomas Harding has an interview with DJ LeMahieu about his father. Among other things, LeMahieu recounts how he and his dad made a game out of practice while he was growing up.
"My dad would hit me ground balls and throw batting practice, and we made it a game," a smiling LeMahieu said in a story he often tells. "He'd hit me 10 ground balls. If I misplayed one, it was a run for him. Then he'd throw me BP and we'd play a normal inning. We'd play nine innings, almost every day. For me at a young age, fielding ground balls was always competitive. If I missed a ball, it could cost me a run."
Harrison Williams identifies and comments on the many Rockies draft picks coming out of southern California. The two biggies are Tyler Nevin and Peter Lambert, although the Rockies have yet to sign Lambert.
Bobby DeMuro reminds us of something: Jorge De La Rosa has been really good lately. The Rockies' de facto ace started the season rough, but he's turned it on as of late—save for last night's stinker. I don't think I'll ever be convinced that the Rockies made the right decision by turning down the trade offer from the Orioles last season—the fact that I'm watching Eduardo Rodriguez like a hawk is evidence enough of that—but De La Rosa has proven to be a grounding presence on a rotation that really needs it.
Alex Rodriguez's first inning home run last night was the 3,000th hit of his career. Rodriguez is the first player to reach the 3,000 hit mark since his teammate Derek Jeter did it in 2011. Jeter's 3,000th hit was also a home run. Those two, along with Wade Boggs, are the only three of the now 29 members of the 3,000 hit club to make it a home run. Rodriguez joins Hank Aaron and Willie Mays as the only other two players to have 3,000 hits and 600 home runs in their career.
Alex Crisafulli offers a comprehensive guide of how Cardinals fans should get through the team's recent scandal, and in the process he gets at what it means to be a fan in the first place.
Carlos Correa and the Astros recently swept the Rockies. It wasn't a fun four games, but it's still important to remember that the Astros happen to be very good. It took a long time and a whole bunch of losing, but their pieces are coming together. Carlos Correa, who is just 20, is going to play a major role in the Astros this and in coming years.
You might remember that Correa homered off of Kyle Kendrick while the Astros were in Denver. Jeff Sullivan has an excellent analysis of just how rare of a home run it was. Specifically, Correa's batted ball velocity was 108 mph, and he hit it at a location, well inside, where the average exit velocity is 70.3 mph. Correa's good. The Astros are good.