MLB Opening Week: Fresh Faces in New Places3 min read

Opening week of the 2022 MLB season did not disappoint! There was a plethora of superstars in new uniforms and top young prospects in starting lineups. Clutch plays, towering home runs, huge comebacks, and even some slow starts all contributed to an exciting first week of action.

The off-season was a wild one with plenty of superstars changing teams. One of the most notable was Josh Donaldson who joined the New York Yankees. He wrote a new chapter in the historic Red Sox/Yankees rivalry by coming up with the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the 11th inning of the season opener to cap off his debut in pinstripes. But not all the stars who changed teams had as much success in their new uniforms.

Former Astros shortstop Carlos Correa was a major signing for the Minnesota Twins, but his first game of the ’22 season got off to a much-less-dramatic start. He finished Opening Day going 1-for-4 as the Twins fell short, losing to the Seattle Mariners, 2-1. Not the best of debuts in a new uni, but Correa is a fantastic player and should bounce back quickly. In fact, last night he went 2-for-3 against the Dodgers so the 2015 AL ROY is finding his groove after all. 

With all of the off-season madness, it was only appropriate to create a 2022 TOP 10 OFF-SEASON MOVES baseball set for the PSA Set Registry. PSA’s hardball fanatics took what we believe to be each player’s most recognizable rookie card and created a fun and very collectible new set. The set comprises the top 10 off-season moves in the MLB, as selected by PSA’s staff of baseball enthusiasts. 

Also on display during the season’s opening week of games were some of the top MLB prospects. Ranked No. 1 on MLB’s Top 100 Prospects, Bobby Witt Jr. had an up-and-down start to his season.  He went 1-for-4 from the plate in KC’s home opener against Cleveland but did hit a clutch double in the eighth inning to push the Royals to a 2-1 lead. They finished the game with a 3-1 victory. Bobby Witt Jr. also happens to be a card collector, and joined us on a recent episode of The PSA Pod.

In similar fashion, Julio Rodriguez of the Seattle Mariners, who is the No. 3 overall prospect, started off slowly by going 0-for-4 from the plate in his first game and 1-for-4 the following day. He did, however, come up big in the eighth inning when he started a rally with a double and later scored the tying run. The comeback was complete when the Mariners scored one more run in the inning and then closed out the game by beating the Twins, 4-3. 

The emergence of young talent on Opening Day has always created hype within the baseball card industry and 2022 was a perfect example. PSA has created a small set for the Set Registry to feature some of these rising stars which can be found here: 2022 MLB TOP 10 PROSPECTS. This set is composed of the Top 10 prospects taken from the MLB Top 100 Prospects list. Each card within this specific set is the player’s Bowman 1st card in the Chrome variation.

Whether you are hoping to collect young players before their cards get hot or prefer to focus your collection on veteran stars, the PSA Set Registry has something for everyone. Take a look and start building a new set today!

 

Posted by Daniel Wruble

Daniel is a lifelong sports and trading card collector. He oversees the marketing and branding of both baseball and football for the PSA Set Registry.

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