2015 MLB Preview

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The Sentinel’s pick to win the 2015 World Series is the Cleveland Indians.  The Indians’ roster is loaded with star talent, from 2014 Cy Young winning ace Corey Kluber to rising rookie Michael Brantley.  With new additions Nick Swisher and Brandon Moss, the team has created a more stable corner to their infield, which provides more power in the middle of their lineup as an added bonus.  Always trustworthy catcher Carlos Santana looks to continue to provide his elite presence behind the plate.  One year removed from signing a six year deal with the team, second baseman Jason Kipnis will continue to show off his skills after moving up to the majors three seasons ago as the Indians top minor league prospect.  Along with Brantley, the outfield features Michael Bourn and David Murphy, two veteran players with a potential to break out and return to their prime positions.

The Indians will have to contend with the up-and-coming Chicago Cubs, however, to reach their coveted World Series title.  The Cubs have been building up their farm system for what seems like decades, but now they are ready to spring their highly touted prospects into the big leagues.  Heading this group is third baseman Kris Bryant, widely regarded as the favorite to be the NL Rookie of the Year for the upcoming season.  He is joined by second baseman Javier Baez, outfielder Jorge Soler, outfield Arismendy Alcantara, and shortstop Addison Russell.  Baez, Soler, and Alcantara were called up at the end of last season, but Bryant and Russell have yet to experience big league competition.  They will be joined by free agent acquisition Jon Lester, an exceptional starting pitcher to replace former ace Jeff Samardzija.  Lester will be joined by Jake Arrieta, Travis Wood, and Jason Hammel on the Cubs’ staff.  Cubs stars and former All-Stars first baseman Anthony Rizzo and shortstop Starlin Castro continue to lead the young squad.

The Cubs will certainly be a big road block for the Indians on their way to a championship, but the Cubs are likely a year away from being World Series favorites before their prospects get more experience in the majors.


— Porter Bowman, Schools News Editor

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