The Evan Longoria Region kicks things off, as the face of the franchise earns a number one seed and number one overall seed
1) Evan Longoria vs 16) Johnny Field
8) Alex Cobb vs 9) Jake McGee
5) Ryne Stanek vs 12) Aubrey Huff
4) Joey Wendle vs 13) Logan Morrison
6) James Loney vs 11) Brandon Guyer
3) James Shields vs 14) John Jaso
7) CJ Cron vs 10) Brad Boxberger
2) Carlos Pena vs 15) Daniel Robertson
The Picks for the first round:
These are my personal picks, for those who are in fact curious.
Evan Longoria, Obviously. However, Jonny Field is an all time baseball name. Could you imagine being at a bar and you tell a potential partner you play in the big leagues and you say your name is Johnny Field? You will need three different ID’s to prove this is not a joke.
Ryne Stanek, call me a prisoner of the moment, but Stanek gets the nod here. Especially with his off the field embracement of the opener. With his new opener shirt stating that openers are people too, and the Rays bottle opener promotion for him.
James Shield. Big game James. (Yes his Royals time has impacted my vote, get off my lawn.)