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Week 6 has started off with a bang so far with the call up and start of Noah Syndergaard. When it comes to this weeks Rookie Round Up, I hope to capture some of that explosiveness. This past week, as I was helping at my in-laws garage sale, I was talking with a little boy in a Little League uniform. He had finished the game and they won, but the big news was he got to pitch for the first time. His excitement at getting to do this, and even striking out another little fella was remarkable. It also reminded me of my own excitement way back in the day.

I always wanted to be a pitcher, and played every position but catcher and pitcher. However, I did get my opportunity in one game. Our team only lost one game that season, and this game was the one. We had cycled through everyone who was able to pitch and my coach asked if I wanted to try.

I was nervous, but said yes. I struck out my first batter! I then proceeded to throw a wild pitch, and hit the next batter. My next pitch? Another hit batter. The reason I remember this is because the boys I beaned were twin brothers. Just like that my pitching opportunity was over.

This trip down memory lane was brought on by the boy in the garage sale, but also with the recent call-ups of two of the top pitching prospects in the game. Major League players ability to handle big pressure situations, and nerves is truly astonishing and something many who knock the game of baseball overlook. At the snap of a finger a pitcher can lose his composure and put a six run inning on the board. I will also say this, my strikeout pitch was a pitch in the dirt that didn’t reach the plate. Yep. I was awful.

The big news is Noah Syndergaard getting called up to start for the Mets. The youngster pitched five-plus innings with six strikeouts giving up six hits, a home run and three runs. He wasn’t awful, but he wasn’t dominant in his major-league debut.

Kris Bryant found his power this past week in a big way, and the league should be careful from here on out. Bryant smashed three home runs over the past seven days and is now hitting .276 on the year with 19 RBIs. All three of his home runs came in the past four days.

Joc Pederson didn’t hit as well this past week, but still managed to hit two home runs to raise his season total to nine. He walked seven times while slashing .238/.429/.524 over the past week. If this a cool Pederson, I will take it.

Carlos Rodon seemed to be at ease in his first start of the season hurling six innings with eight strikeouts and catching the win.

Jorge Soler continues to make noise in the sea of rookies in Chicago hitting .333 with a home run and three RBIs over his last seven.

Trevor May got shelled for his first terrible outing of the young season. He had been pitching well up until his last start. We will see if he can turn things around this week in his next start.

Week 5 Hitters

Addison RussellCubs2662002300.231
Alex GuererroDodgers1562013500.400
Austin HedgesPadres820002000.250
Billy BurnsAthletics2351000210.217
Blake SwihartRed Sox2032002300.150
Dalton Pompey (AAA)Blue Jays000000000.000
Devon TravisBlue Jays1921002410.105
Eddie RosarioTwins1950015110.263
Francisco LindorIndians000000000.000
Jake Lamb (Injured)Diamondbacks000000000.000
James McCannTigers2161000100.286
Joc PedersonDodgers2150024710.238
Jorge SolerCubs2792013400.333
Jung Ho KangPirates2182012310.381
Kevin PlaweckiMets1530002100.200
Kris BryantCubs2781138500.296
Steven SouzaRays1941013410.210
Yasmany TomasDiamondbacks2261003410.273


Week 5 Pitching Statistics

Aaron SanchezBlue Jays1710301.00
Adam Ottavino (Injured)Rockie0000000.001
Alex MeyerTwins0000000.00
Brandon FinneganRoyals02.70023.381.50
Carlos RodonWhite Sox1610831.33
Daniel NorrisBlue Jays0000000.00
Dylan BundyOrioles0000000.00
Kendall Graveman (AAA)Athletics0000000.00
Kyle LobsteinTigers17.710300.91
Marco GonzalesCardinals0000000.00
Michael LorenzenReds150021.82.20
Noah SyndergaardMets15.30165.061.88
Rafael MonteroMets0000000.00
Tim CooneyCardinals12.300311.573.43
Trevor MayTwins1401413.503.00

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