With the 2014 Home Run Derby less than 30 minutes away, here’s a look at the first career home runs of all of tonight’s participants:
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It’s always weird to see Jose Bautista before he evolved into the Jose Bautista we know now. And what about Adam Jones in a Mariners uniform? Wild stuff.
The one thing that struck me while watching this video is that Justin Morneau hasn’t just been around longer than anyone else here, he’s also the only one who hits from the left side of the plate. Assuming the weather holds up, we’ll soon see if that matters.
Ken Rosenthal reports that the Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to a five-year $15.5 million deal with pitcher Freddy Peralta. There are two club options as well, which would nearly double the overall value of the contract if exercised.
Peralta, who turns 24 in June, has amazing stuff. He has struggled so far, having posted a 4.79 ERA in 163.1 major league innings across two seasons, but people who follow him closely believe that he’s primed for a breakthrough. For now he’s a reliever — he’ll likely be a multi-inning fireman for the 2020 season — but he has was mostly a starter in his rookie year before assuming swingman duties last season. He could become one again if things break right in his development. Sort of a Brandon Woodruff track.
If that happens the Brewers will, quite obviously, have a bargain on their hands. If not, at least Peralta has some security on his.