Expectations are sky-high for Yankees newcomers Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Boone

He's even been part of an experiment that would move him to left field so that Aaron Judge, last year's rookie of the year, can continue to play right field. So far, the results are, to be kind, inconclusive. The final outcome is unclear but the Yankees need to keep both Stanton and Judge in the lineup to realize the potential of this team. The most likely possibility that has been employed during spring training is having them alternate in the field and as designated hitter. Continue Reading

Jordon Adell heads list of Angels’ top prospects

The Angels believe Adell, the 10th overall pick last June, has the best combination of raw power, speed and arm strength of any player in the draft. The muscular 18-year-old, who signed for $4.377 million, flashed his potential in 49 games for rookie-league Arizona and Orem last summer, hitting .325 with a .908 OPS, five homers, 11 doubles, eight triples, 30 RBIs, eight stolen bases, 49 strikeouts and 14 walks. He runs a 6.4-second 60-yard dash, and his arm strength is such that his fastball was clocked at 92-94 mph in high school. Continue Reading

They may soon star alongside Kershaw and Bellinger. These are the top five Dodgers prospects

The first player drafted under Andrew Friedman's regime, Buehler is a power pitcher in a wiry frame, armed with a fastball which registered in the upper 90s, a dynamic curveball and a useful slider. Buehler continues to refine his changeup, which he used sparingly last season as he returned from elbow ligament reconstruction. He is unlikely to throw more than 150 innings in 2018, as the team monitors his usage, but a good portion of those should come at the major-league level. Continue Reading

EHT’s Jordan Sweeney ready for baseball season to begin

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP — The night before practice began this month, Jordan Sweeney carefully packed his glove and bat into his baseball bag.The Egg Harbor Township High School junior laid out his practice jersey, pants and cap. He made sure his spikes were ready to go.It’s fair to say that no Cape-Atlantic League player might have been more excited for the start of this season than Sweeney.“I couldn’t wait to get back out there,” Sweeney said, “and get going with my team.” Close 1 of 15 Buy Now Michael Ein Trout hit a New Jersey record 18 home runs and led the Thunderbolts to a school record 22 wins as a senior. Trout finished his career with 31 home runs, a .461 batting average, 121 RBIs, 142 hits and 70 stolen bases. Not quite sure what happened to him after high school. Wonder if he ever panned out? Facebook Twitter Email Print Save Buy Now NICHOLAS HUBA Staff Writer Szczur is one of the most talented athletrs to ever play at a Cape-Atlantic League school. Szczur batted .681 as a Lower senior and finished with 140 career hits. He excelled at football and baseball at Villanova. Szczur is currently an outfielder with  the San Diego Padres. Facebook Twitter Email Print Save Buy Now Edward Lea The pitcher was 1-3 with one save for the Bengals as a senior. Groome struck out 90 in 39.2 innings and had a 0.88 ERA. The Boston Red Sox selected Groome with the 12th pick in the first round of the 2016 draft. He is currently considered the organization’s No. 1 prospect. Facebook Twitter Email Print Save Buy Now Michael Ein / Staff Photographer Mooney led the Red Raiders to the Cape-Atlantic League American Conference and South Jersey Group III titles. He was 9-1 with a 0.63 ERA. Mooney struck out 102 in 56 innings. He walked 11 and allowed just 19 Continue Reading

Baseball Baseball players in minors to lose minimum wage protection

Minor league baseball players who make as little as $5,500 a season were stripped of the protection of federal minimum wage laws under a provision in government spending legislation signed Friday.The "Save America's Pastime Act" is included on page 1,967 of the $1.3 trillion spending bill and appears to pre-empt a lawsuit filed four years ago in U.S. District Court in San Francisco by three players alleging Major League Baseball and its teams violate the Fair Labor Standards Act and state minimum wage and overtime requirements for a work week they estimated at 50-to-60 hours.The provision in the legislation exempts "any employee employed to play baseball who is compensated pursuant to a contract that provides for a weekly salary for services performed during the league's championship season (but not spring training or the offseason) at a rate that is not less than a weekly salary equal to the minimum wage ... for a workweek of 40 hours, irrespective of the number of hours the employee devotes to baseball related activities."The House approved the spending bill Thursday, the Senate followed early Friday and President Donald Trump signed the bill in the afternoon."Instead of going through the regular committee process where it has a hearing, all of this was done in secret and a in a very rushed manner," Garrett Broshuis, the lawyer for the players, said Thursday. "It's emblematic of how things are getting done in Washington these days, where the people with a lot of money are able to flex their political muscle and make a lot of contributions and get things done in secret that benefit only them."Major League Baseball spent $1.32 million on lobbying expenses in both 2016 and 2017, up from $330,000 in 2015, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. MLB paid $400,000 each of those years to an outside firm, the Duberstein Group, which reported lobbying the House and Senate on the issue, as did MLB's in-house lobbyist."We aren't billionaire business Continue Reading

Varsity Times Insider: The latest sports news from Southern California’s high school teams

The LA84 Foundation has awarded $1.8 million in grants to Southern California youth sports organizations in its latest attempt to support youth sports programs. It distributes money gained from the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Among the grants is $25,000 to the Sloane Stephens Foundation to provide tennis instruction to elementary schools in the Compton Unified School District. Another $400,000 was given to LA’s Best, which offers softball, soccer, flag football, basketball and competitive dance and drill teams at 198 L.A. Unified elementary schools. Continue Reading

SEE IT: Umpire ejects three players, manager and bench coach in Tigers-Phillies spring training game

Somebody forgot to tell this umpire it's still spring training. Umpire Tom Hallion had a field day with ejections Thursday afternoon, throwing five people out of a spring training game between the Tigers-Phillies. The ejections started in the bottom of the fifth inning when Hallion tossed Tigers pitcher Matt Boyd out of the game when he hit the Phillies' Odubel Herrera with a pitch. Boyd couldn't believe he was thrown out and laughed off the field, as it was the first time in the game he hit a batter with a pitch. The announcers in the game said Hallion may have had an issue with Boyd's previous pitch that sailed over the head of Herrera. Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire came out of the dugout to argue Hallion's decision, but was not ejected despite being heated over the call. Hallion would get back to tossing people in the eighth inning when he threw out Phillies pitcher Parker Frazier after he hit Tigers hitter Derek Hill on the leg with an 81 mph breaking ball. Phillies manager Gabe Kapler didn't like the fact that his pitcher was thrown out of the game for a breaking ball that hit a batter on a 1-2 count. Hallion then sent Kapler to the showers, too. Frazier and Kapler would soon be joined by more Phillies before the game was over. Hallion decided to eject Philadelphia pitcher Pedro Beato after his fastball hit Dylan Rosa. Former Yankee bench coach Rob Thomson, who was filling in for Kapler after he was thrown out, tried arguing with Hallion after he threw a pitcher out so late in a game that didn't mean anything. As expected, Thomson was tossed as well. Hallion appears to be in midseason form, but his actions could have prevented some minor leaguers from getting a few more big-league reps before Opening Day on March 29. Sign up for BREAKING NEWS Emails privacy policy Thanks for subscribing! Tags: philadelphia phillies detroit tigers mlb Send a Letter to the Editor Join the Continue Reading

Are Mike Trout, Jason Groome the top area high school baseball players since 2000?

Trout hit a New Jersey record 18 home runs and led the Thunderbolts to a school record 22 wins as a senior. Trout finished his career with 31 home runs, a .461 batting average, 121 RBIs, 142 hits and 70 stolen bases. Not quite sure what happened to him after high school. Wonder if he ever panned out? Continue Reading

Nebraska expects a ‘dogfight’ with Minnesota in Big Ten baseball opener

LINCOLN — Surviving. To Darin Erstad, that pretty much sums up what life has been like lately in a Nebraska uniform.The coach stepped out of his office onto a windy Haymarket Park concourse Thursday afternoon to meet with reporters fresh off a seven-hour bus ride home from Oral Roberts in Oklahoma the night before. Unlike most occasions, Erstad spoke with an empty baseball field behind him as players took an NCAA-mandated day off following the travel and their 10th game in two weeks.“It’s been up and down,” Erstad said. “We’ve played well in stretches and not so well in stretches. Obviously we’re still trying to figure out how we’re going to get guys out on the mound on a consistent basis. But the fight’s there. Starting conference play or nonconference play, I don’t change the way we go about our business. We just get ready for the next game.” While the struggles won’t change — fielding not up to standards set by Nebraska teams in recent years and a volatile, injury-depleted bullpen chief among them — the Huskers (12-9) nevertheless will be facing a different caliber of opponent going forward as they opens the Big Ten portion of their schedule. The first comer figures to be among the toughest as Minnesota (14-8) arrives in Lincoln for a Friday game at 4:05 p.m. to kick off the three-game set.If the Huskers needed more motivation than recalling it battled Minnesota into the final weekend the last two years for a league title, they need look no further than the Gophers’ series victory at then-No. 9 TCU last weekend. The northern school displayed the kind of all-around game in Texas that should serve as an unforgiving gauge for what the Huskers can expect in the next couple months as reigning Big Ten champs.Erstad, whose six previous seasons at NU overlap with the school’s time in the league, said Big Ten hitters are typically “pretty physical” and more prone to Continue Reading

Matt Kemp gets closer to opening day assignment for Dodgers

Such a message would have been fitting in December, when the Dodgers acquired Kemp from Atlanta, or January, when the team tried to move his $43 million contract and found no suitors. When camp opened in February, though, Kemp was still a member of the organization. And on opening day next Thursday at Dodger Stadium, a once-remote possibility appears likely to come to fruition: Matt Kemp will be a Dodger. He might even bat third in the lineup. Continue Reading