April 2, 2020

Jewish Sports Future Stars: Version 2016

Today we take a look at the future of Jewish sports. We have searched high and low for the next great Jewish/Israel sports sensations. These are the guys on the cusp of making it big on the next level.

10) Dragan Bender

Bender is NOT Jewish, but he is already an Israeli star. The 7'1 stretch four will be Maccabi Tel Aviv's latest import into the NBA. NBA Mock drafts have him somewhere in between the 3rd-8th pick overall. Being drafted that high will do a lot for Israeli basketball and mean exposure for more Israelis.

9) Max Fried

Fried was the number 7 pick of the 2012 MLB draft by the San Diego Padres. Later traded to the Atlanta Braves, Fried has yet to show the dominance he once promised mainly because he was held back by Tommy John surgery in 2014. There are still high hopes for Fried and last year was rumored as a call-up and future ace. He is currently pitching for the Rome Braves.

8) Noam Dar

If you read this blog you know I love professional wrestling. What is even better is when Israelis are the ones doing it. TGR recently posted an“>HERE. HIGH hopes for Leaf!


2) Josh Rosen

Certainly, Rosen could have been number 1 but he will have at least two more years in college. The pure Freshman showed tremendous potential for UCLA last season. Many project him to be a 1st round draft pick in the NFL someday. Great arm and star quality moxie.

1) Alex Bregman

The #2 pick of the 2015 MLB draft (only Ron Blomberg was drafted higher). He is the future star or major trade piece for the Houston Astros. We even expect him to be a late season call up. Bregman has star quality written all over him. This year he is batting .299 with 12 HRs. If Carlos Correa wasn't in front of him he would maybe be up in the bigs already.