Called Shots

Featuring MLB Prospects, College Ballplayers, MLB Trades, and Random

Yordan Alvarez June 2019:

2017 Ronald Acuña Jr:

Opposite field at Fenway as a RHB is challenging. Injuries have hampered his growth, but he’s still a 3x All-Star, 2x Silver Slugger, Rookie of the Year, and 30-30 member through his age 24 season.

2018 Juan Soto:

Compared to Trout before he made MLB

2017 Shohei Ohtani:

“I don’t think there’s any doubt he’s among the best in the game” Ohtani August rookie season

2018 Vladimir Guerrero Jr:

Many predicted his rise, but not as many went out on ‘that’ limb before he hit in AA

Wander Franco 2020:

Still believe he will have a very strong MLB career, he’s had injury woes, but turns just 22 in March ’23.

Mookie Betts April 2015:

Betts had played 1 MLB season at the time of first tweet.

Pete Alonso May 2018:

Interviewed his high school coach in 2018, he’s gone on to do amazing things in MLB.

“Could be a hall of famer” – 2018

Corey Seager 2016:

World Series MVP a month after that tweet. He’s shown flashes of his hitting potential many times over the years, but health has been a consistent issue.

“Ranger Suarez another guy who is interesting, but needs time…potential is there he’s just 22 years old” 3.01 ERA since August 2021 in 41 MLB regular season starts, 1.28 ERA in 2022 postseason (14.2 IP)

Seranthony Dominguez

Foresaw Seranthony Dominguez hurting arm + elite closer among the best (Jansen, Kimbrel, Diaz, Treinen, Chapman)

10.2 IP, 18 K, 1 BB in 2022 Postseason, appears to be back to form since TJ

Jeff McNeil:

“Really excited to see what he does, he’s ready, special player” at call up

“Jeff McNeil and Pete Alonso two of the best hitting prospects in baseball”

McNeil hit .326 in 2022 and won the National League Batting Title

Dean Kremer

“Interesting numbers…he could be something…can see him as a 3 starter, potentially as a 2, if he steps it up substantially he could be an ace” 3.23 ERA in 21 2022 starts (125.1 IP). Was a little lucky, but also showing signs of growth going into 27-year-old season.


Walker Buehler:

Following is from 2019 draft notes on this site…

George Kirby:

3.39 ERA in first 25 career starts with 133 K and 22 BB in 130 IP (2022)

Alek Manoah:

2.60 ERA in first 308.1 MLB IP at age 24

Nick Lododo

Rookie campaign with a 3.66 ERA in 103.1 IP at Great American Ballpark in spite of injury woes

Reid Detmers:

Pitched 129 IP in his 2nd MLB go around and put up a 3.77 ERA with a 3.08 ERA in his last 71 IP.


“Cole Hamels will be steal of trade deadline” 2.36 ERA with Cubs in 76.1 remaining 2018 innings

“Here’s another under the radar big trade in my opinion…Giovanny Gallegos is going to be a devastating reliever for years to come, he’s so underrated” 4.75 ERA in 30.1 MLB IP with Yankees at time of trade, 2.82 ERA with 284 K’s in 229.2 IP with Cardinals since.

“I like Kevin Gausman, not only does he have potential, but he’s also underrated this season”

4.22 ERA in 763.2 IP before trade. After trade, 2.87 ERA in remaining 59.2 2018 IP, 3.56 ERA in 558.1 IP including 2.85 ERA in 192 2021 IP.


“Aaron Nola on any day of the week can pitch with anyone in the majors…at the very least he’s a top 10 pitcher in the game right now” 2.38 ERA remaining 2018 after quote and 863 K, 189 BB, and 3.69 ERA in 723.2 IP while cutting BB/9 65% from 2018 to 2022.

Derek Holland

“Velocity and swst% are up, keep your eyes peeled” 2.86 ERA remaining 69 2018 IP

Eugenio Suarez

“That’s a disgrace” at his low all-star game vote count. 19 HR and .825 OPS remainder of 2018 and 49 HR in 2019.

2021 San Francisco Giants

San Francisco lead MLB in 2021 wins with 107 wins.

Brandon Nimmo:

“Disgrace he’s not on ballot, should start the all-star game” .887 OPS in 2018

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