Mets 1B Mark Vientos was recalled this morning, and whereas it’s not simple to see the place he’ll play, Vientos has actual purpose to be within the minors. He’s hitting .333 with 13 homers and has reduce his Ok-rate by 8.8 p.c between final 12 months and this one. He slashed .280/.358/.519 with 24 residence runs in 101 Triple-A video games final 12 months even with the 29.3 p.c strikeout charge. Sturdy-side designated hitter Dan Vogelbach hasn’t been an influence menace this 12 months, however his 119 wRC+ and .376 on base proportion may make him tough for the rookie to displace.
If he hits in any respect, Reds SS Matt McLain will stick for the season. As I stated within the newest stash listing, this staff may have a complete new infield round India tomorrow if it needed to. One among McLain or Elly De La Cruz should play third base, or they may simply transfer India again to his authentic place and have McLain play second base, clearing the best way for De La Cruz.
For his half, Elly De La Cruz is forcing the problem, turning up the stroll charge whereas producing massive time energy. In 13 Might video games, EDLC has 11 walks (17.2%) and 11 strikeouts, slashing .365/.484/.731 with 5 residence runs and three stolen bases.
Rangers RHP Kumar Rocker was having a powerful season however will now miss most of subsequent 12 months after having Tommy John surgical procedure. MLB pipeline had simply used Rocker to advertise their new prime 100 listing when the damage information got here throughout the wire. The positioning dropped him out of the 100 lower than an hour later. Sort of stunned me for no matter purpose. Like, they ranked him with out accounting for the damage historical past, after which moderately than simply ready till the following listing to maneuver him down, they needed to do it immediately and tweet about, selling the listing once more off the Rocker information. I don’t know. Perhaps that is completely regular stuff within the 12 months 2023. Simply appears like a bizarre world we’re residing in generally. Individuals all through the fantasy prospect world (not pipeline) took odd little pictures at Rocker yesterday. There’s quite a lot of Nelson Muntz going round, and I suppose it’s arduous to know when that sort of “ha ha!” goes to learn as applicable.
Cubs 1B Matt Mervis hit his first profession residence runs Tuesday night time. The membership has began him nearly day by day since his recall. Good to see Mervis and Christopher Morel taking the choice out of the supervisor’s arms by taking part in too nicely to ship to the bench.
Royals C Freddy Fermin has hit nicely when referred to as up on this season and may in all probability be in a DH rotation with Sal Perez. Go away it to the Royals to have three power-hitting catchers and no one to throw it to them. Fermin turned 28 yesterday and has eight residence runs in 26 video games throughout two ranges. He’s slashing .310/.394/.690 with a 12.1-to-18.2 walk-to-strikeout ratio in 33 massive league plate appearances.
Cubs RHP Ben Brown had been cruising via the season however obtained lit up final night time by the Triple-A Pirates, permitting three residence runs and 7 earned runs whole in 4 innings. He walked three and struck out two however nonetheless has a 2.34 ERA and 1.12 WHIP and 25.2 Ok-BB% in 34.2 innings pitched throughout two ranges. At 6’6” 210 lbs, Brown will get strong extension and appears the a part of an innings-eating starter, wielding a plus fastball and two above common benders. Hayden Wesneski was optioned earlier within the day, so this begin may’ve been a giant alternative for Brown, and there’s an opportunity he felt that.
Cubs RHP Jeremiah Estrada was promoted in Wesneski’s stead. With Brad Boxberger on the IL and Michael Fulmer struggling, Estrada may shortly enter the ninth inning image alongside Adbert Alzolay and Mark Leiter Jr.
Athletics SS Darrell Hernaiz got here again from Baltimore within the Cole Irvin commerce and appears like a steal for the group at this level. The 21-year-old is slashing .349/.390/.541 with 4 residence runs and 5 steals via 27 Double-A video games.
I don’t perceive what the Pirates are doing with Henry Davis, who has a 202 wRC+ in his return to Double-A. He performed simply 31 video games there final 12 months and 26 this 12 months, so it’s probably not a real repeat of the extent, however it’s curious nonetheless. He homered and walked on Tuesday, his ninth bomb on the season. I get the need to gradual play him, however the staff is (was) profitable, and knees don’t final without end.
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