MLB Players to Watch

by James Stewart, Sports Beat Manager

A large majority of the student body here at Glen Rock High School has vowed to stay loyal to their favorite teams, and root for the stars of said teams (about 80%). 

For the New York Yankees, many students here at GRHS will be closely following 3 time All Star selection, Aaron Judge. Last season, Judge finished with a batting average of .287, 39 home runs, and 98 runs batted in (RBI). Thanks to his performance, Judge finished 4th in MVP (most valuable player) voting in the American League (AL). The 6’7” right fielder was a key piece for the Yankees last season, and will continue to be for years down the road as Judge is only 29 years old, and is expected to be signed to a contract extension in the near future.

Other key players that experts and students alike will look out for include starting pitcher Gerrit Cole who finished second in AL Cy Young (best pitcher) voting last season, outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, and first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who just re-signed with the team last month on a 2 year contract worth $32 million.

On the other side of New York City, eyes at GRHS will be focused on the two headed monster that leads the New York Mets starting pitching rotation, Jacob deGrom, and newly acquired Max Scherzer. 

These two ace pitchers have combined to win 5 Cy Young Awards, and have appeared in a combined 12 All Star Games. Scherzer won the World Series with the Washington Nationals in 2019, and hopes to help deGrom and company win their first title since 1986.

The Mets also have several key hitters that will prove to be tough outs for opposing pitchers all season. First baseman Pete Alonso, and shortstop Francisco Lindor will both be in contention for the National League (NL) MVP, and will pose as the centerpieces of a Mets team that hopes to improve from a lackluster 2021 season.

Although many students here at GRHS stay loyal to the stars of their favorite teams, there are many superstars across the MLB that are very exciting to watch, and very easy to root for. One of the best examples is Los Angeles Angels outfielder, and New Jersey high school graduate Michael Trout.

Trout, a 3 time AL MVP, 9 time All Star, 2 time All Star Game MVP, and 2012 Rookie of the Year took the league by storm, and has quickly become the face of the MLB. Although Trout played in just 36 games last season due to injuries he still tallied 39 hits before being shut down for the season.

Fans around the country, even here at GRHS hope that Trout can avoid any injuries this year and return to the MVP form that he is capable of performing at.

Other young stars around the league include San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr., and Trout’s Angels teammate pitcher/designated hitter, Shohei Othani. All of these young stars will continue to battle it out for World Series championships, and MVP awards for years to come.