There is something sexy about “no names.” When Brett Myers throws 95 and goes seven strong, we yawn. But when some dude named Michael Pineda does it, the hairs on the back of our neck stand up.
That’s because we always want to know what’s next. The unknown is cheaper and more exciting. Here are three youngsters off to hot starts that can sustain their breakout:
Starlin in the making
Starlin Castro just turned 21, but he is already at the core of the Cubs lineup. He hit .310 over 264 minor league games and could contend for the NL?batting title as soon as this season. After recently stating he wants to steal 25 to 30 bases, owners should be drooling.
Mariners prospect Michael Pineda is drawing comparisons to teammate Felix Hernandez — and with good reason. Pineda is listed at 6-foot-7, 260 pounds, and has a flamethrower for an arm. He’ll benefit from pitching in Seattle’s cavernous park.
At one point in the spring, it looked like Alexi Ogando would be Texas’ closer. Now he’s starting with closer-quality stuff. He should be able to hold off Tommy Hunter all year.
Jason Motte, RP, Cardinals
With veteran Ryan Franklin struggling badly, Motte could end up as the closer before too long.
Zach Britton, SP,?Orioles
It’s tough to recommend a rookie in the AL East, but Britton is well worth spot starts. Nasty stuff.