It Is Time For Manny Machado To Be In The Same Discussion As Harper And Trout
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Saturday June 1, 2013
By Kyle Holland (MLB Reports Writer): Follow @TheKHolland13
Since 2009 the next big star was expected to be Bryce Harper. The kid hit a 570 foot Home Run at the age of 15. One year later, at 16, he was on the cover of Sports Illustrated. He graduated high school after his sophomore season and spent a year in college just to be eligible for the 2010 MLB Draft, and then went #1 overall at the age of 17.
Harper made his MLB debut on April 28, the same day that Mike Trout was called up to the majors. Quickly, Trout became the most popular young star in the MLB. While Harper was rocking gold cleats at the All-Star Game, Trout was making a bid for the Gold Glove.
As everyone became excited for their encore season, they overlooked one growing star. Not just the fans, the reporters, analysts, no one paid much attention to the Baltimore Orioles Third Basemen, Manny Machado.
Manny Machado 2012 Rookie Highlights
Manny Machado is a 6’2’’ 180 lb. third basemen from Hialeah, FL. He attended Brito High School in Miami where he was viewed as the #2 high school position prospect in 2010, his senior year. That same year he hit .639 with 12 HR and 68 RBI in just 29 games.
He committed to play at Florida International University but was taken by the Orioles with the 3rd pick behind Bryce Harper and Jameson Taillon.
Fast forward to last year. Bryce Harper and Mike Trout were making headlines like you wouldn’t believe. It became clear that these 2 would be the face of the MLB for the next 20-or-so years.
Then August came around and the Orioles, in a tight race for the AL East, decided it would be a good idea to call up their number one prospect in Machado, and for good reason.
With the Bowie Baysox in 2012 he was hitting .266 through 109 games. No, this is not an overwhelming average, but he also had an OBP of .352 and parked 11 home runs. The O’s saw potential and they knew he could help their team during the last stretch of the season.
On August 9, 2012, the powerful SS made his MLB debut as the Orioles 3B. In just his second game he hit 2 Home Runs becoming the 12th youngest player in MLB history to have a multi-homer game at 20 years and 35 days.
Now in Machado’s first 2 months in an MLB uniform he hit .262 with an OBP of .294 and 7 Home Runs. This doesn’t compare too well with Bryce Harper and Mike Trout. Harper, in the same 2 months, hit .286 with an OBP of .345 and 13 Home Runs. Trout hit .271 with an OBP of .373 with 12 Home Runs.
Both of their stats in every category exceed Machado’s by a good amount, but, there is a huge factor you have to consider. Harper and Trout had been experiencing the MLB flamethrowers since April of that year while Machado was stuck down in AA. When they the Orioles future star gets some experience he will be dangerous, as he is demonstrating in 2013.
So far during this young campaign Machado has been flat out raking, much like Trout did last year. He is hitting .336 with 5 Home Runs and 30 RBI. In fact, he is hitting better than both Trout and Harper, hitting .294 and .287 respectively, in the same amount of games as Trout and 10 more than Harper.
Machado is cranking out a 3 Slash Line of .331/.363/877 – with an American League Leading 25 Doubles. The 20 year old also leads the AL in Plate Appearances (255) and official AB (239). He is on pace for 95 Extra Base Hits – which would be absolutely a legendary campaign for a player as young as he.
Right now the experts should be distancing themselves from just Harper and Trout and pay attention to Manny Machado. Not only can he play 3B, he could be a very good shortstop like he was in the minors. The black and orange birds decided to have the guy make the switch the 3B when they were in dire need of a third basemen last year.
The Orioles will probably move the Florida native to SS next year when the Gold Glover J.J. Hardy leaves the team as a Free Agent. This would mean a player like Jonathan Schoop maybe moved to 3B within the franchise. Machado would be one of the most prolific Shortstops in the game – just like he is making all fantasy players happy at the hot corner this season.
Let’s now to a look at the future. Harper and Trout were supposed to be the 2 that were going to be compared to each other for years to come. Now Manny Machado joins the mix. These 3 are going to be one-upping each other until the day they retire.
Who is going to be the one in the long run that turns out to be the best with the most All-Star Game appearances? MVPs? The most rings? Only time will tell between these 3 future stars but one thing’s for sure, you will never see these friends not put it all on the field.
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Although growing up in one of the best baseball towns in the Major Leagues, he has been a Giants fan since 2009. He credits his aunt with the Giants being his favorite team as she lives in San Francisco.
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