Monday, June 7, 2010

Prospects Arrive

MIAMI - Though the Florida Marlins were just swept by the New York Mets, South Florida can celebrate; their future star has arrived. His name is Mike Stanton and the 6-foot-5, 210-pound top prospect is making his MLB debut for the Marlins in Tuesday's game against the rival Philadelphia Phillies.

Another highly touted debut will take place on Tuesday. Stephen Strasburg, making his first MLB start, after months of hype, both franchises will finally see how ready their prospects are.

Strasburg has been touted as an all-around solid pitcher and has dominated his Minor League competition. For the Marlins, Mike Stanton is known for his power, but his Minor League batting average wasn't very good and he also had a high strike out rate. Although, any time Stanton makes contact he can pull it for a huge hit. He'll be playing the outfield and be somewhere in the middle of the batting line up.

It'll be interesting to see which player shines in their MLB debut. For the Marlins, this series marks an important NL East showdown with both teams trailing the Atlanta Braves. The NL East is all packed together, where any team that starts to get hot can jump out into first place. This MLB season has been exciting up to this point, but it's just getting warmed up. Which team catches fire and which player makes an immediate impact, only time will tell.

-b.r.


Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Brantley already exceeding expectations for Florida

Gainesville, Fl- The Florida Gators football team opened up their annual Orange and Blue spring game with a packed audience of over 51,000 fans, on the sidelines was Tim Tebow, for the first time in four years, the Gator offense will no longer have the talent and ability of Tim Tebow. The future starting quarterback of Florida will be John Brantley, who wooed the crowd with his own talent and accurate touch passes. Though the Junior quarterback is hardly out of Tebow's shadow, he was in positive spirits and excelled leading the Orange first team offense to a 27-24 win over the Blue team. "It was fun just to let loose the one time, just get everything out of you." Brantley remarked after the game. The large crowd on hand showed their support of the young quarterback, who has played sparingly in the previous two seasons as the backup, most notably when Tim Tebow suffered a concussion during an SEC show down versus Old Mississippi. "It felt a lot different, just going out there knowing I'm the guy now," Brantley said afterwards. Following in his father's footsteps, John Brantley is going to be able to live out a childhood dream and start at quarterback for the Florida Gators. Many notable returners are back for the Gators as head coach Urban Meyer looks to continue to improve his already outstanding record after four years with the Florida Gators. The Gators have only lost two games in the past two seasons under Meyer, winning his second national title with UF in 2008.
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