Fans are anticipating yet another entertaining season of baseball as they await the start of the 2020 MLB season. In an offseason accentuated by blockbuster trades, signings, and hopeful prospects, the sport’s future looks to be quite promising. In the midst of the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal, the league is attracting a lot of attention. With the league left without a clear dominant team, organizations are scrambling to bolster a plethora of complementary talent in hopes of putting together a team that can make a postseason run. Fans of the sport can barely wait as the start of the anticipated 2020 season approaches.
After losing power-hitting first basemen Eric Thames, veteran infielder Mike Moustakas, and a few notable pitchers to free agency, the Milwaukee Brewers appear to be lacking in proven talent. Fans of the organization are anticipating a disappointing season after two consecutive postseason appearances. However, an acclaimed and respected manager in Craig Counsell has shown he can elicit the best performance from his players. In order to return to the postseason, the Brewers will have to rely on the fast development and contributions of younger talents like second basemen Keston Hiura.
Though the postseason is open to pretty much any team at this point, the Dodgers seem to be the preseason favorite at first glance. After finalizing a trade with Boston on February 10, Los Angeles acquired all-star right fielder Mookie Betts and a veteran pitcher in David Price in exchange for prospects centerpiece outfielder Alex Verdugo. The Dodgers, who are stacked with big-name players, look to return to the postseason in hopes of winning an elusive world series title. The Braves are in a similar situation having developed phenom Ronald Acuna Jr. alongside some of the game’s top prospects. With some of the best minor league systems in baseball, these teams are sure to have a bright future.
Though perennial powerhouses like the Dodgers and Yankees are receiving most of the attention, don’t be surprised if some young, up-and-coming teams find themselves in a playoff mix. Though the seemingly “stacked” teams may appear to be surefire contenders, recent years have revealed the difference between being good on paper and being a well-built team contending for a world series title. The Twins, for example, have a promising balance between veterans who are sure to deliver and talented youth core who they will depend on to contribute. Though overlooked, they seem to have the complementary pieces that are necessary for a deep postseason run. The New York Mets are in a similar position. They arguably have the best pitching rotation in the league, led by Cy Young winner Jacob deGrom. With a plethora of young talent and proven veterans, the well-balanced Mets have more than a fair shot at representing the National League in the World Series.
By Sanjay Palta-Hill