Norm’s Way to Early Predictions

normI normally won’t do my predictions this early. But, with all the snow we got and being cooped up for the past couple of days, I figure what the hell. So here are my pre-spring training predictions for the 2014 season. WARNING: This is subject to change after spring training.

I will start with the American League.


1. Boston

2. Tampa Bay

3. Baltimore

4. New York

5. Toronto

Prospects to watch

Henry Owens-LHP-Boston

Xander Bogaerts- ss/3b-Boston

Alex Colome-RHP-Tampa Bay

Jake Odorizzi-RHP-Tampa Bay

Hunter Harvey-RHP-Baltimore

Dylan Bundy-RHP-Baltimore

Rafael De Paula-RHP-New York

Mason Williams-OF-New York

Marcus Stroman-RHP-Toronto

Aaron Sanchez-RHP-Toronto


1. Detroit

2. Kansas City

3. Cleveland

4. Chicago

5. Minnesota

Prospects to watch

Robbie Ray-LHP-Detroit

Nick Castellanos-3B-Detroit

Yordano Ventura-RHP-Kansas City

Raul Mondesi-SS-Kansas City

Clint Frazier-OF-Cleveland

Francisco Lindor-SS-Cleveland

Carlos Sanchez-INF-Chicago

Tyler Danish-RHP-Chicago

Alex Meyer-RHP-Minnesota

Miguel Sano-3B-Minnesota


1. Oakland

2. Texas

3. Angels

4. Seattle

5. Houston

Prospects to watch

Billy McKinney-OF-Oakland

Billy Burns-OF-Oakland

Jorge Alfaro-C-Texas

Michael Choice-OF-Texas

C.J. Cron-1B-Angels

Taylor Lindsey-2B-Angels

D.J. Peterson-3B-Seattle

James Paxton-LHP-Seattle

Mark Appel-RHP-Houston

Carlos Correa-SS-Houston

AL Division winners




AL Wild card teams

Tampa Bay, Texas

AL Champion


Let’s go to the National League.


1. Washington

2. Atlanta

3. Philadelphia

4. New York

5. Miami

Prospects to watch

Brian Goodwin-CF-Washington

A.J. Cole-RHP-Washington

Jason Hursh-RHP-Atlanta

Christian Bethancourt-C-Atlanta

J.R. Crawford-SS-Philadelphia

Miguel Gonzalez-RHP-Philadelphia

Noah Syndergaard-RHP-New York

Domonic Smith-1B- New York

Andrew Heaney-LHP-Miami

Jake Marisnick-OF-Miami


1. St. Louis

2. Cincinnati

3. Pittsburgh

4. Milwaukee

5. Chicago

Prospects to watch

Kolten Wong-2B-St.Louis

Stephen Piscotty-OF-St.Louis

Billy Hamilton-CF-Cincinnati

David Holmberg-LHP-Cincinnati

Alen Hanson-SS-Pittsburgh

Jameson Taillon-RHP-Pittsburgh

Jimmy Nelson-RHP-Milwaukee

David Goforth-RHP-Milwaukee

C.J. Edwards-RHP-Chicago

Kris Bryant-3B-Chicago


1. Los Angeles

2. San Francisco

3. San Diego

4. Arizona

5. Colorado

Prospects to watch

Julio Urias-LHP-Los Angeles

Joc Pederson-OF-Los Angeles

Kyle Crick-RHP- San Francisco

Chris Stratton-RHP-San Francisco

Max Fried-LHP-San Diego

Austin Hedges-C-San Diego

Chris Owings-SS-Arizona

Braden Shipley-RHP-Arizona

Eddie Butler-RHP-Colorado

Joey Wong-INF-Colorado

NL Division winners 


Central-St. Louis

West-Los Angeles

NL wild cards

Braves, Giants

NL Champion


There you have it. Don’t get bent out of shape if you don’t see a certain prospect on the list. This was a watch list not the best of.

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