Your Turn (Beckett Baseball No. 100) — Who has impressed you the most in MLB this season?



By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

As the first month of the MLB season comes to an end, we’re curious about who has captured your attention and who has captured your cardboard dollars.

Perhaps it’s the resurgence of Albert Pujols, who finally appears primed to recapture his past magic but this time on the West Coast. Maybe it’s that newcomer Jose Abreu everybody seems to be talking about. Or the Cardinals’ 5-1 ace Adam Wainwright … or Charlie Blackmon, who seems to be putting on a hitting show in Colorado.

Or, maybe it’s 27-year-old pitcher Collin McHugh who picked up the first two wins of his big-league career this past week or so with 19 strikeouts, three walks and just one earned run in 15 innings of work as his Houston Astros knocked off Seattle and Oakland. (He has autographs in just four Panini America brands from last year.)

For the next issue of Beckett Baseball, we simply want to know … Who has impressed you the most in MLB this season?

Tell us in the comments below. We’ll run a selection of your answers in the next issue.

Hot starts: Who are you buying? (Pick your top five … )

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Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazines. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.



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  1. brad Jorgensen 28 April, 2014 at 13:45

    I’m going with Jose Aberu. Why because everyone thought coming from Cuba and playing in a cold city in April he would have a slow start. He prove he can play in cold and warm games he is the future of the whitesox and we will be hearing about him for many years.

  2. Dave W 28 April, 2014 at 13:56

    Jose Abreu is the most impressive in my opinion because he’s done the most with the least around him. Especially after Avisail Garcia got hurt, it seemed he may slump, and he did for a little, but he picked it right back up and is carrying that team by himself (with a little help from Alexei). Charlie Blackmon is definitely doing it all in Colorado as well, putting up Trout-like numbers regardless of how poor CarGo is playing. Kazmir was left off this list but his adjustments to pitching in Oakland have been swift with amazing results, and I’d take Abreu, Blackmon, Kazmir, Fernandez, and then a tie with Ryan Howard (left for dead even by Phillies fans, hitting over .300 in the first month, very happy…knock on wood), Michael Wacha, and of course Emilio Bonifacio’s resurgence in Chicago are definitely the most impressive first months this season. Not trying to take away from what the Brewers, Tanaka, Solarte, and Pujols or doing, but there’s many more factors going into those great seasons than just their play, whereas the guys I mentioned have majorly exceeded expectations (save Wacha for anybody who watched baseball from August through October last year) big time and I think have a good chance to continue their success.

  3. Trevor G 28 April, 2014 at 14:27

    Ervin Santana and Aaron Harang have both been awesome for the Braves.
    Quality start after quality start is why the Braves are where they are

  4. Jason K 28 April, 2014 at 14:50

    Waino is most impressive, but he’s not getting my money right now just because it isn’t surprising to see him doing well (he always does well). I’m buying Abreu because it’s his rookie season, and he has much less product out there than some of the guys on this list.

  5. Cincyscott 28 April, 2014 at 19:21

    I had to sell off most of my cards bills are stacking up money is tight. If I had some extra cash there some players on the White Sox team I wouldn’t mind getting. Adam Eaton , Jose Abreu, Chris Sale

  6. Sal Rinauro 28 April, 2014 at 21:02

    Freddie Freeman puts together good game after good game, clutch hit after clutch hit, and can’t even make this list? Disappointing.

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