Hot Sports Take: Countdown to Spring Training, #11 & #10

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We continue our countdown of the 20 Hottest MLB players and you get two today since yesterday I was unable to blog because of, well, life. Here are today’s picks:

#11 – Carlos Villanueva

#33|P|Chicago CubsCarlos  Villanueva

Born : November 28, 1983
Birthplace: Santiago, DR
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 215lbs.
Bats: Right. Throws: Right
MLB Debut: May 23, 2006 (Brewers)

He’s been with the Cubs since 2012 and was named the Cubs fifth starter in their rotation in 2013. His first game was on April 6, a road game against the Atlanta Braves, which resulted in a no decision. Carlos Villanueva did a nice job after being moved to the pen from the rotation as well. His versatility will be important for the Cubs in this upcoming season.

Career Statistics: (Through 2013)

Win–Loss Record: 40–43
ERA: 4.23
Strikeouts: 674
WHIP: 1.29


Milwaukee Brewers (2006–2010)
Toronto Blue Jays (2011–2012)
Chicago Cubs (2013–present)

#10 – J.J. Hardy

#2|SS|Baltimore OriolesJJ Hardy

Born: August 19, 1982
Birthplace: Tucson, AZ
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 190lbs.
Bats: Right. Throws: Right
MLB Debut: April 4, 2005 (Brewers)

Hardy is entering the final season of the three-year, $22.5-million contract that he signed prior to 2012. He works hard, plays hard, hustles, and has very good defense. In 2013, he led the AL in innings played at short, was second in assists, third in put outs, and led the AL in doubles plays turned among shortstops. Hardy also finished 8th. in batting average among qualifying shortstops with a .263 batting average. Through 2013, his 77 home runs over the last three seasons leads all major league shortstops. Hardy is one of the best all around shortstops in the game and is one of the most underrated. He has really fit it nicely in Baltimore and they are currently trying to work out a new contract which is easy to see why.

Career Statistics: (Through 2013)

Batting Average. .260
Hits: 1,092
Home Runs. 158
RBIs: 527


Milwaukee Brewers (2005–2009)
Minnesota Twins (2010)
Baltimore Orioles (2011–present)

Career Highlights and Awards:

2× All-Star (2007, 2013)
2× Gold Glove Award (2012, 2013)
Silver Slugger Award (2013)

Thanks for reading and come back tomorrow to see who made the cut for #9.



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