Welcome to Miguel’s Friday Thoughts! We have a good one for you today.
The anticipated matchup happened last night: Brooklyn Nets versus Philadelphia 76ers. The game kind of sucked because it was a blowout, and Ben Simmons didn’t suit up. What I liked the most was the trash talk between Kevin Durant and Joel Embiid. The fact that they didn’t receive a technical foul was shocking. Please let the players talk trash. It makes the game and rivalry much better. Brooklyn Nets dominated the Sixers, and we hope we get to see them face each other in the playoffs.
Baseball is officially back. Major League Baseball and Major League Baseball Players Association came to a collective bargaining agreement. We are excited about April 7th. Get your tickets ready. Opening Day is happening!
Gabriel Moreno is one of the most talked-about prospects in the Blue Jays farm system. He is an exceptional talent, and I can’t wait to see him make his big-league debut. How good can Gabriel Moreno be?
Moreno has an impeccable bat speed and is a very skilled contact hitter. I’m not too heavy on his defense just yet, but hey, there’s room for improvement. On the offensive side, he is legit. I think Moreno will fit perfectly well with the Blue Jays offense, which features Springer, Vlad Jr, Bichette, Hernandez, the list goes on and on. However, will the Blue Jays take a chance on him or trade him for Jose Ramirez?
We understand that the Blue Jays have three other catchers on their roster. Therefore, the Blue Jays need to figure out what they will do with them. There is a possibility that Moreno could be playing third base. If it were me, I would not trade Moreno so fast. I would give him a chance in 2022 to see what he can do. He’s a young hitting star on the way, and you don’t want to miss out on the possibility of another Salvador Perez or Buster Posey. I’m a fan of Jose Ramirez, and he’s an established good hitter, but my main concern about Ramirez is his postseason performance.
Ramirez batted .213 with one home run, 8 RBIs, and 19 strikeouts during the four seasons the Indians made the playoffs (2016, 2017, 2018, 2020). Why am I bringing this up? The Blue Jays are trying to win now. If you want to invest in Ramirez, you want better results than this. Yes, he can break out of the slump. Yes, baseball is different from basketball in that one player doesn’t hurt the team overall, especially in the playoffs. However, it’s still imperative to have an All-Star like Jose Ramirez come through in October when the lights are bright. As for Moreno, he’s young, but he could follow the footsteps of his fellow Venezuelan Miguel Cabrera. If you watched a rookie Miguel Cabrera in the 2003 postseason with the Florida Marlins, then you would know what I’m talking about.
We hope to see Gabriel Moreno make an immediate impact in the city of Toronto coming in the 2022 campaign.