Finally there will be baseball. Here is a look of Jewish MLBers for the shortened 2020 season.
Alex Bregman (Astros) – The golden boy has a heavy load on his shoulders. Scandal behind the Astros, Bregman is now their top player and always in the MVP talk alongside the MLB greats.
Ryan Braun (Brewers) – His career winding down, Braun is suited for a 60 game season and could DH. It will be interesting so see what the one time MVP has left in his tank.
Kevin Pillar (Red Sox) – Pillar moves over to Boston and should be a solid outfielder for the BoSox. His defense alone makes him a nice addition.
Joc Pederson (Dodgers) – Pederson is in the middle of trades and rescinded trades. The Dodgers and LA faithful love Pederson but this is likely his last season in Blue and White.
Max Fried (Braves) – This very well could be Fried’s breakout season. A log jam for Braves starters has held Fried back who has shown we is a big league starter.
Made the Cut:
Garrett Stubbs (Astros) – We believe Stubbs will be on the team especially if teams carry 3 catcher. Stubbs got some experience last year and is a big league catcher.
Richard Bleier (Orioles) – Bleier can work out of the pen and spot start which makes him a highly likely big leaguer in 2020.
Robert Stock (Phillies) – Stock has moved around a bit about his durability and flame throwing arm makes him a likely call-up.
Rowdy Tellez (Blue Jays) – Hard to deny Tellez’s power. Expanded rosters make Tellez a strong candidate for the 2020 season.
Ryan Lavarnway (Marlins) – The Marlins brought Lavarnway in to be a veteran for their young pitchers and catchers. A shorten season could allow Lavarnway some time in the bigs to allow for others to develop.
Ryan Sherriff (Rays) – Sherriff’s rehab seems to be complete. An expanded roster (if that happens) could allow for the reliever to find a gig and the Rays to test his arm for the future.
Sam Delaplane (Mariners) – Delaplane is on the 60 man roster and could finally get a chance in the Bigs. We are all rooting for him.
Jared Shuster (Braves) – Recently drafted Shuster is on the 60-man roster for the Braves. We’d be surprised if he plays but he will get a create experience being with the team.
Hoping to be Added:
Dean Kremer (Orioles) – So far Kremer is the only one on this list without Major League experience. A shortened season could mean borderline pitchers get the call-up so they can have big league experience. Kremer is in a good spot.
Hunter Bishop (Giants) – Bishop was rumored to be on the 60-Man roster but came down with COVID-19. Following the MLB COVID-19 protocols he may not have the time before the season to catch up and be on the 60-Man roster. Let’s hope he passes his tests as soon as possible but 2021 seems like a solid target for Bishop’s MLB debut.
Could Finally Get the Call-Up:
Blake Gailen (Dodgers), Rob Kaminsky (Cardinals), Zack Weiss (FA), and Zach Borenstein (FA) could all get call ups or tryouts. All of these players are low risk for teams in a shortened season. The most interesting would be Gailen who is a great clubhouse guy with versatility.