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  • MacKenzie Gore Will Play Catch On Friday

    Washington Nationals left-handed pitcher MacKenzie Gore (left elbow inflammation) is expected to begin playing catch on Friday, according to Jessica Camerato of MLB.com. Gore was acquired from San Diego in the Juan Soto trade on Tuesday but hasn't pitched since before then. He was placed on the 15-day injured list on July 26 and is expected to return this season. Gore can be dropped in shallower redraft leagues, but he might return to fantasy relevance sometime in late August or September.

    Aug 6 · Source via Nationals MacKenzie Gore prospects
  • Nationals Preparing For Middle Infield Of C.J. Abrams, Luis García

    Washington Nationals infielder Luis Garca "has been getting work in at second base in anticipation of C.J. Abrams' arrival," manager Davey Martinez told Bobby Blanco of MASN. Presumably, the newly-acquired Abrams will play shortstop once he returns to the majors. Garca, 22, is slashing .297/.303/.434 with just two walks and 46 strikeouts through 55 games this season. Although he has a poor walk rate and should be left on waivers in most leagues, Garca has put plenty of baseballs in play. Meanwhile, Abrams was acquired from the Padres in the Juan Soto trade. The 21-year-old hasn't looked great in the majors this season, but he sports an impressive .314/.364/.507 slash line at the Triple-A level and boasts plenty of upside. He should be rostered in all dynasty leagues especially now that he's no longer blocked by an elite talent like Fernando Tatis Jr.

    Aug 6 · Source via Nationals C.J. Abrams prospects
  • Hunter Greene Undergoes MRI, Won't Need Surgery

    Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Hunter Greene (shoulder) underwent an MRI and is expected to avoid surgery, according to Bobby Nightengale Jr. of the Cincinnati Enquirer. Although he won't need to go under the knife, there's still not timetable for Greene's return and it's unclear if he will pitch again in 2022. He's currently on the 15-day injured list and isn't expected to return as soon as he is eligible in two weeks. Greene is 4-12 with a 3.97 xFIP, 11.13 K/9, and 3.59 BB/9 through 20 games this season. He throws a triple-digits fastball but has surrendered home runs at a concerning rate of 2.02 per nine innings. His 27.9 GB% is also lower than ideal. Still, Greene is young and throws hard, making him worth rostering in most fantasy leagues upon his return.

    Aug 6 · Source via Reds Hunter Greene prospects
  • Steven Kwan Not In The Lineup Saturday Against Houston

    Cleveland Guardians outfielder Steven Kwan (foot) is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Houston Astros. He exited Friday's game early after fouling a pitch off his left foot. The 24-year-old is slashing .294/.367/.379 with two home runs, 28 RBI, 51 runs scored, and nine stolen bases in 94 games in 2022. Andres Gimenez will head leadoff for Saturday's game, while Will Benson handles centerfield duties with Kwan sidelined. Benson has not collected a hit in eight plate appearances since being called up from Triple-A Columbus on August 1. Fantasy managers can avoid using Benson as a streamer in most league formats.

    Aug 6 · Source via Guardians Steven Kwan prospects
  • Diego Castillo "Feeling Much Better"

    Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Diego Castillo (shoulder) threw a bullpen session on Friday when the team opened their homestand against the Los Angeles Angels, and his shoulder is "feeling much better," according to skipper Scott Servais. Castillo will likely throw another bullpen session before returning from the injured list. The 28-year-old was always likely to return after missing the minimum 15 days on the injured list after landing there with right shoulder inflammation. Andres Munoz and Matt Festa have seen increased work at the back end of the bullpen with Castillo sidelined ahead of closer Paul Sewald. Castillo will return to a 3.93 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, six saves and 36 strikeouts in 36 2/3 relief innings for Seattle.

    Aug 6 · Source via Mariners Diego Castillo prospects
  • Julio Rodriguez Could Return When Eligible

    Seattle Mariners rookie outfielder Julio Rodriguez (wrist) could return from the injured list when he's first eligible on Aug. 10. He'll begin swinging a bat this weekend during the team's series against the Los Angeles Angels. It's possible the Mariners hold Rodriguez out until Aug. 12 at the Texas Rangers since they have an off day on Aug. 11. The 21-year-old All-Star is dealing with a bruised right wrist, but he should be back soon for fantasy managers. J-Rod won't need a minor league rehab assignment before returning to the major leagues, according to manager Scott Servais. Rodriguez has been a must-start in his first year in the majors, slashing .271/.334/.482 with an .816 OPS, 18 home runs, 57 RBI, 55 runs scored and 21 stolen bases in 365 at-bats.

    Aug 6 · Source via Mariners Julio Rodriguez prospects
  • Francisco Alvarez Continues Success In Triple-A

    New York Mets catcher prospect Francisco Alvarez went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer for Triple-A Syracuse on Friday. The games top prospect absolutely crushed his fifth home run for Syracuse and the talented backstop has yet to a miss a beat since him promotion from Double-A on July 2. Alvarez has torn the cover off the ball in 2022 and has hit .259 with 23 homers and 63 RBI between Double-A and Triple-A. Entering the season, it appeared that the 20-year-old would spend the season on the farm, but the Mets didn't acquire a catcher at the trade deadline and there is certainly a chance that the 20-year-old could make his debut with the big-league club before the season ends. Dynasty managers should already have Alvarez rostered and managers in redraft leagues would be wise to stash Alvarez, if they have the space due to his potential and position.

    Aug 6 · Source via Mets Francisco Alvarez prospects
  • James Wood Shows Potential With New Organization

    Washington Nationals outfield prospect James Wood had a nice debut for Single-A Fredericksburg on Friday. Wood, who was one of the pieces in the Juan Soto deal with the San Diego Padres went 4-for-6 with a homer, three RBI and a stolen base. The 19-year-old provides both power and speed out of a big 6'7 frame and his body should continue to mature as he develops throughout the Nationals system. In addition to showing power early in his career, Wood has shown a good plate discipline. Still in just Single-A, Wood remains a few years away from the big leagues, but is a name for dynasty managers to keep tabs on.

    Aug 6 · Source via Nationals James Wood prospects
  • Beau Brieske Strikes Out Eight In Rehab Start

    Detroit Tigers rookie right-hander Beau Brieske (forearm) looked really good in his latest minor league rehab start for Triple-A Toledo on Friday night, giving up one run on three hits while striking out eight and walking none in 4 1/3 innings of work. He has given up three runs on eight hits while striking out 10 and walking two in his two rehab starts since landing on the injured list in mid-July with right forearm fatigue. There's a chance that Friday's outing was his last before rejoining Detroit's starting rotation at some point next week. In his first 15 big-league starts in 2022, the 24-year-old has gone 3-6 with a 4.19 ERA (4.97 FIP), A 1.20 WHIP and a 54:25 K:BB in 81 2/3 innings pitched.

    Aug 6 · Source via Tigers Beau Brieske prospects
  • Steven Kwan Leaves Friday's Game Early

    Cleveland Guardians outfielder Steven Kwan (foot) left Friday's game against the Houston Astros with a left-foot contusion. Kwan fouled a ball off of his foot during the game and left for precautionary reasons. Before the injury, the rookie outfielder went 0-for-2 at the plate, ending his hit streak at 18 games. Kwan's rookie year has been solid, with the 24-year-old hitting .295 with two homers, 51 runs, 28 RBI, and nine steals over 346 at-bats. It sounds like the injury is minor but look for Cleveland to update Kwan's status after Friday's game concludes.

    Aug 5 · Source via Guardians Steven Kwan prospects
  • Hunter Greene Goes On Injured List With Shoulder Strain

    The Cincinnati Reds placed right-handed rookie Hunter Greene (shoulder) on the 15-day injured list on Friday with a right shoulder strain and recalled right-hander Ryan Hendrix from Triple-A Louisville in a corresponding move. The move to place Greene on the injured list is retroactive to Aug. 4. There is no timetable for the 22-year-old's return, but this late into the season, it's possible that he doesn't make it back for a bad Reds team that has nothing left to play for in 2022. He's been useful in fantasy for his strikeout rate (28.8%), but he's also sporting a 5.26 ERA (4.95 FIP), 1.29 WHIP and 41 walks in 102 2/3 innings over 20 starts in his first major league season. Stash Greene for now in all fantasy formats, but be prepared for the possibility that we don't see him again this year.

    Aug 5 · Source via Reds Hunter Greene prospects
  • Marco Luciano Begins Rehab Assignment

    San Francisco Giants shortstop Marco Luciano (back), the team's top prospect per MLB Pipeline, started his rehab assignment in the Arizona Complex League on Thursday. Luciano has been out since suffering a lower back strain in June. The No. 8 overall prospect in all of baseball was hitting .288/.360/.507 with eight home runs and 17 RBI in 40 games for High-A Eugene before he landed on the injured list. In his first rehab game on Thursday, he went 1-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored. The 20-year-old has plus power at the plate and an above-average arm at shortstop. Barring a setback, he should return to action at Eugene before long.

    Aug 5 · Source via Giants Marco Luciano prospects
  • Peyton Burdick Making MLB Debut Friday

    Miami Marlins outfield prospect Peyton Burdick was called up from Triple-A Jacksonville on Friday and will make his major league debut against Chicago Cubs left-hander Justin Steele, as he's starting in left field and hitting seventh in the batting order. The club's No. 10 prospect, per MLB Pipeline, could see regular playing time in Miami's outfielder after Jesus Sanchez was sent down on Thursday. In 88 games for Jacksonville before his call-up, Burdick was hitting .229/.344/.430 with 14 home runs, 51 RBI, 70 runs scored and eight stolen bases in 385 plate appearances. The 25-year-old right-handed hitter has plus power to all fields, but his aggressive approach at the plate leads to a lot of swing and miss. Those in need of power down the stretch in deeper leagues should give Burdick a look.

    Aug 5 · Source via Marlins Peyton Burdick prospects
  • Edward Cabrera Activated Off Injured List

    Miami Marlins starting pitcher Edward Cabrera (elbow) has been activated off the 15-day injured list. The right-hander landed on the injured list in the middle of June with elbow tendinitis. Before that, Cabrera was posting a 3.45 ERA with 15 strikeouts in three starts with the Marlins. Conveniently, the Marlins haven't announced a starting pitcher for Friday's game against the Chicago Cubs. The assumption is that Cabrera will take the mound for Friday's afternoon matchup. The 25-year-old could be an interesting streaming option against the mediocre Cubbies lineup.

    Aug 5 · Source via Marlins Edward Cabrera prospects
  • Red Sox Place Brayan Bello On Injured List, Activate Matt Barnes

    The Red Sox have placed right-hander Brayan Bello on the 15-day injured list due to a left groin strain. Boston also optioned righty Kaleb Ort to Triple-A Worcester, with recently-acquired first baseman Eric Hosmer and relievers Matt Barnes and Darwinzon Hernández taking the active roster spots. Barnes is back from the 60-day injured list. He takes the 40-man roster spot of Jackie Bradley…

    Aug 4 · MLB Trade Rumors Red Sox Matt Barnes Brayan Bello prospects
  • Marlins To Select Peyton Burdick, Option Jesus Sanchez

    The Marlins plan to select outfielder Peyton Burdick onto the major league roster before tomorrow afternoon’s contest with the Cubs, reports Craig Mish of SportsGrid (Twitter links). Outfielder Jesús Sánchez will be optioned to Triple-A Jacksonville in a corresponding transaction, Mish adds. Miami already has a vacancy on the 40-man roster, as Jordan McPherson of the Miami…

    Aug 4 · MLB Trade Rumors Marlins Peyton Burdick Jesus Sanchez prospects
  • Miguel Vargas Has Strong Debut

    Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Miguel Vargas made his debut in the big leagues on Wednesday night, slotting in as the designated hitter in the seventh spot in the lineup. He had a strong game, going 2-for-4 with a double, two RBI, and a stolen base. It remains to be seen how much playing time Vargas will receive going forward, but his .291/.382/.497 slash line with 15 homers and 12 steals at Triple-A this season suggests that he has the ability to make an all-around contribution at some point, and fantasy managers in keeper and dynasty formats should look to add him off the waiver wire.

    Aug 4 · Source via Dodgers Miguel Vargas prospects
  • Brayan Bello Injured Wednesday

    Boston Red Sox rookie right-hander Brayan Bello (groin) left his outing on Wednesday against the Houston Astros with a left groin strain. Bello was trying to eat up some innings after lefty starter Rich Hill made his return from the injured list on Wednesday, but Bello was forced out after just two-thirds of an inning pitched. There's a good chance that the 23-year-old will require a trip to the injured list, but stay tuned for more details on his injury. Bello was making just his fifth major league appearance in Wednesday's game, and he entered the contest having allowed a whopping 16 earned runs on 26 hits while walking 11 and striking out 13 in 16 1/3 innings pitched in four outings (three starts).

    Aug 3 · Source via Red Sox Brayan Bello Rich Hill prospects
  • Dodgers Select Miguel Vargas' Contract

    The Los Angeles Dodgers selected the contract of infielder Miguel Vargas on Tuesday. One of the organization's best prospects, the 22-year-old has spent the 2022 season at Triple-A so far, batting .291 with a .382 on-base percentage, 15 home runs, and 12 stolen bases in 437 plate appearances. Vargas has seen most of his time at third base in the minors, but has also started games at second base and first base this season, as well as in left field. He's certainly someone fantasy managers should be looking to add off the waiver wire in dynasty leagues.

    Aug 3 · Source via Dodgers Miguel Vargas prospects
  • Julio Rodriguez's Wrist Improving

    Seattle Mariners rookie outfielder Julio Rodriguez (wrist) said his right hand/wrist is getting better. He was able to show more range of motion and said he couldn't do that two days ago. Rodriguez hasn't undergone an MRI exam since it was ruled a contusion. Still, the 21-year-old All-Star has yet to resume swinging a bat since he was placed on the injured list, so it remains to be seen if he'll be able to return when he's eligible on Aug. 10. Fantasy managers need to sit tight and keep the young star stashed in an IL spot. When he's on the field, he's been a must-start in all fantasy formats, hitting .271/.334/.482 with an .816 OPS, 18 home runs, 57 RBI, 55 runs scored and 21 stolen bases for the M's in his first 96 major league games.

    Aug 3 · Source via Mariners Julio Rodriguez prospects
  • Guardians Promote Tyler Freeman

    The Guardians have called up infield prospect Tyler Freeman for his Major League debut and optioned infielder Ernie Clement to Triple-A Columbus in his place, per a team announcement. (Zack Meisel of The Athletic first reported that Freeman was being called up). Freeman is already on the 40-man roster, so the Guardians didn’t need to make any…

    Aug 3 · MLB Trade Rumors Guardians Tyler Freeman prospects
  • Dodgers To Promote Miguel Vargas

    The Dodgers are promoting top prospect Miguel Vargas, reports Juan Toribio of MLB.com (Twitter link). J.P. Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group first reported that Vargas was reporting to the team. Vargas was a consensus top-100 prospect heading into the season, and his status was bumped up to 28th (Baseball America) and 68th (MLB Pipeline)…

    Aug 2 · MLB Trade Rumors Dodgers Miguel Vargas prospects
  • Druw Jones To Have Shoulder Surgery

    Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Druw Jones (shoulder), the No. 2 overall pick in this year's draft, will have surgery to fix his posterial labrum in his left shoulder, according to farm director Josh Barfield. Jones injured his shoulder while taking batting practice in Arizona shortly after the team made him the No. 2 overall pick. The 18-year-old, who is the son of former MLB center fielder Andruw Jones, will miss the rest of the 2022 season. The good news is that he's still young, and the injury is to his non-throwing shoulder, so Jones should be just fine in the long run. He entered this year's draft with one of the best overall hit tools of any prep prospect. Jones will be hoping to gain clearance from his injury before spring training in 2023.

    Aug 2 · Source via Diamondbacks prospects mlb draft
  • Jordan Groshans Heading To Miami

    The Miami Marlins are acquiring infield prospect Jordan Groshans from the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday in exchange for right-handed relievers Anthony Bass and Zach Pop and an unnamed smaller piece. Groshans is a top-100 prospect and was ranked as the Blue Jays' No. 4 prospect, per MLB Pipeline, before the trade. The 22-year-old is currently a shortstop, but he could make the move to the hot corner eventually. In 67 games for Triple-A Buffalo this year, he hit .250/.348/.296 with one home run, 24 RBI, 30 runs scored and two stolen bases in 279 plate appearances. Groshans was once believed to have plus potential power, but that hasn't been the case in recent seasons, as he's gone deep just eight times in the last two seasons.

    Aug 2 · Source via Blue Jays Marlins Jordan Groshans prospects
  • Rockies Call Up Elehuris Montero, Ryan Feltner

    The Colorado Rockies recalled infielder Elehuris Montero and left-hander Ty Blach from Triple-A Albuquerque on Tuesday. The team also added right-hander Ryan Feltner as the 27th man for Tuesday's doubleheader against the San Diego Padres, and he will start in Game 1. Montero, the team's No. 6 prospect per MLB Pipeline, will give the team another right-handed bat with Kris Bryant (foot) landing on the injured list on Monday night. The 23-year-old Dominican has gone 6-for-34 (.176) with no homers, no RBI and 15 strikeouts in his first 11 major league games, and he's unlikely to see regular playing time. Feltner has a 5.59 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 35 strikeouts in 37 innings over eight outings (seven starts) for the Rockies in 2022. He'll be a shaky streaming option in fantasy.

    Aug 2 · Source via Rockies Elehuris Montero prospects
  • Jase Bowen Showing Progress In Minors

    Pittsburgh Pirates outfield prospect Jase Bowen, like many other minor leaguers, suffered from the COVID-19 pandemic because it limited his opportunities to see crucial game action and progress his development in 2020. As a result, he's still in Single-A, though he's certainly knocking on the door of a promotion. The 21-year-old's biggest weakness is his hit tool. He has the potential to clobber a lot of homers, but at what cost? Bowen has swung and missed way too many times in the lower levels of the minors. Although he has continued to strike out at a high rate in 2022, it is promising to see that his batting average has climbed to .278 after it was .223 or lower in each of the past two seasons. Defensively, Bowen has the above-average speed, fielding, and arm needed to play center field long-term, though he has taken reps at second base, too. Bowen is coming off a great week at Single-A in which he went 10-for-22 with three homers, 10 RBI, three walks, and four strikeouts. He was also hit by two pitches and came around to score eight times in the six-game series against Lakeland.

    Aug 2 · Source via Pirates Jase Bowen prospects
  • Landon Marceaux Coming Off Fantastic July

    Los Angeles Angels pitching prospect Landon Marceaux is a Louisiana State product who was selected in the third round of the 2021 draft. That was the year in which the Halos took all pitchers, and Marceaux had the privilege of being their third choice. After a brutal 3.2 innings of work at the Rookie level in 2021, the right-hander has bounced back with plenty of strong outings at High-A this year. Marceaux's fastball sits in the low-to-mid-90s, but it gets good run. However, his complementary pitches are the ones that make him such a special pitcher. He throws a low-80s slider and curve, both of which demonstrate good break and work nicely off the heater. He also has a fading changeup that, according to MLB Pipeline, is effective at "generating a lot of groundballs." The 22-year-old's great command of all four pitches gives him a leg-up over opposing batters and has translated to the stat sheet quite well in 2022. His stats show that while he doesn't get a whole lot of strikeouts, he has kept walks to an absolute minimum and also induced a lot of ground balls. Marceaux put on a show this past week, striking out eight batters over eight innings during his outing on July 30. He surrendered just two hits and one walk while holding his opponent scoreless for the entire game. Fittingly, he earned the win and brought his ERA down to a fantastic 0.64 in the month of July.

    Aug 2 · Source via Angels Landon Marceaux prospects
  • Spencer Stockton Bounces Back With Two Dominant Outings

    Cincinnati Reds pitching prospect Spencer Stockton went undrafted out of Jacksonville in 2019 but has climbed through the lower ranks of affiliated ball since signing with the club. The right-hander, who has seen some rotation work but mostly pitches out of the bullpen, has been fantastic this season, allowing more than two runs in just one outing (a rough July 23rd showing in which he surrendered seven runs and didn't escape the first inning). The 24-year-old has done a very good job limiting walks, all while striking out roughly one batter per inning throughout his three-year career in the minors. He doesn't induce many ground balls whatsoever, but he does have impressive LOB and HR/FB rates. Stockton had two quality appearances out of the bullpen this week. He totaled six innings, striking out a whopping 10 batters while allowing just three hits and two walks. His outing on July 27 was the best of the pair. Not only was it his first game since the brutal seven-run rough-up, but eight of his 10 outs came on strikeouts and he allowed just one baserunner in the process.

    Aug 2 · Source via Reds prospects
  • Joseph Ortiz Coming Off Big Week In Minors

    Baltimore Orioles shortstop prospect Joseph Ortiz is a defense-first player with phenomenal glovework and a plus arm. He projects as the Orioles' shortstop of the future, using his fantastic baseball instincts, fluid footwork, and great glove-to-throw skills. He isn't super speedy, but he has enough range to cover the shortstop position adequately. Ortiz has never been known as a major power hitter, but he has seen a somewhat surprising uptick in homers over the last couple of seasons. He's an average hitter who will ideally cut down on strikeouts and develop a bit more discipline before he reaches the big-league level. All criticism aside, Ortiz is coming off a huge week in Double-A. Through six games, he went 14-for-27 with three homers, four doubles, 11 RBI, and nine runs. The 24-year-old undoubtedly factors into Baltimore's future plans and could have some low-end fantasy appeal in the majors as soon as 2024.

    Aug 2 · Source via Orioles Joey Ortiz prospects
  • Hunter Greene Shuts Out Marlins Across Six Innings

    Cincinnati Reds starter Hunter Greene pitched one of his best games on Monday, earning his fourth win of the year after holding the Miami Marlins to no runs through six innings of the eventual 3-1 victory. He struck out eight, walked nobody, and let up a single hit. Despite the great start, Greene still owns an ugly 5.26 ERA and 1.30 WHIP, largely due to the 41 walks and 23 HRs he's given up over 102.2 innings. Fantasy managers can rely on the 22-year-old for an abundance of strikeouts (127), but he has a lot of flaws early in his career.

    Aug 1 · Source via Reds Hunter Greene prospects
  • Guardians Select Will Benson

    The Guardians have selected Will Benson’s contract from Triple-A Columbus, putting the outfielder in line to make his Major League debut.  In corresponding moves, outfielder Alex Call was optioned to Triple-A, while Anthony Gose was moved from the 15-day to the 60-day injured list. Benson was selected 14th overall by Cleveland in the 2016 draft,…

    Aug 1 · MLB Trade Rumors Guardians Will Benson prospects
  • A's Acquire Prospects Ken Waldichuk, Luis Medina

    The Oakland Athletics acquired left-hander Ken Waldichuk, right-hander Luis Medina, left-hander JP Sears and second baseman Cooper Bowman from the New York Yankees on Monday in exchange for starting pitcher Frankie Montas and reliever Lou Trivino, according to a source. It's a nice prospect haul for the A's, as MLB Pipeline had Waldichuk ranked as the Yankees' No. 5 prospect, with Medina at No. 10, Sears at No. 20 and Bowman at No. 21. Waldichuk stands at 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds and has a 3.59 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 70 strikeouts in 47 2/3 innings over 11 starts at Triple-A in 2022. Medina has elite raw stuff on the mound, but his command has been lacking, and he's likely to surface as a reliever in the big leagues. Sears is more of a control artist and has a 2.05 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 15 K's in 22 innings in the majors this year. Bowman is best known for his speed.

    Aug 1 · Source via Yankees Athletics Luis Medina Frankie Montas JP Sears Lou Trivino closers prospects
  • Nick Lodolo Turns In Solid Start On Sunday

    Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Nick Lodolo logged a solid start on Sunday against the Baltimore Orioles. The left-hander allowed just four hits, two walks and an earned run in six innings against Baltimore, striking out seven batters in the process. All told, Lodolo generated 17 swinging strikes on 98 pitches and finished with a 28% CSW rate. He got seven swinging strikes with his sinker, six with his curveball and four with his changeup. Sunday's game marked the fifth time in eight starts this season that Lodolo has struck out at least seven batters.

    Aug 1 · Source via Reds Nick Lodolo prospects
  • Taylor Rogers, Others Traded To Brewers

    According to a tweet from ESPN's Jeff Passan on Monday, the Milwaukee Brewers are reportedly acquiring relief pitcher Taylor Rogers along with fellow reliever Dinelson Lamet, pitching prospect Robert Gasser and outfield prospect Esteury Ruiz in exchange for relief pitcher Josh Hader. Rogers has converted 28 saves for the Padres this season, but has struggled as of late, giving up 20 hits, 11 earned runs, and a pair of walks in his last 11.1 innings of work. Devin Williams, who has pitched to a 1.59 ERA, a 1.31 FIP, 66 strikeouts and 19 walks in 39.2 innings this season, would appear to be a better choice to take over at closer.

    Aug 1 · Source via Padres Brewers Taylor Rogers Esteury Ruiz closers prospects
  • Julio Rodriguez Lands On The 10-Day Injured List

    Seattle Mariners outfielder Julio Rodriguez (hand/wrist) has been placed on the 10-day injured list. Rodriguez was hit on the hand by a pitch on Saturday against the Astros, which forced him to exit the contest. He later received X-rays on his hand, which were negative but he's dealing with swelling and won't be able to swing a bat for at least five days, per manager Scott Servais. The good news is that the 21-year-old All-Star didn't break or fracture anything in his hand but the IL designation is a blow to the Mariners and fantasy managers alike. Seattle will play this very cautiously as they'll want to make sure Rodriguez is fully healed before he returns for the stretch run. He's slashing a solid .271/.334/.482 to go along with 18 home runs, 57 RBI, and 21 stolen bases across 365 at-bats. Former top prospect Jarred Kelenic was recalled from Triple-A in a corresponding move.

    Jul 31 · Source via Mariners Julio Rodriguez prospects
  • X-Rays Negative On Julio Rodriguez

    Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said that X-rays on rookie outfielder Julio Rodriguez's hand were "negative and he's going through ongoing assessments in Houston as we speak." Rodriguez was hit by a pitch on the hand on Saturday against the Houston Astros, but fortunately he didn't break anything in his hand. There's still a good chance he won't be in the lineup for the series finale against the division rivals on Sunday, but it looks like the young star won't have to miss extended time. The 21-year-old Dominican slugger made the All-Star team in his first MLB season and is hitting .271/.334/.482 with an .816 OPS, 18 home runs, 57 RBI, 55 runs scored and 21 stolen bases in his first 96 MLB games. J-Rod can do it all and is a must-start when he's in the lineup.

    Jul 31 · Source via Mariners Julio Rodriguez prospects
  • Luis Campusano Hits Eighth Homer In Triple-A

    San Diego Padres catcher Luis Campusano went 2-for-4 and hit his eighth homer of the season for Triple-A El Paso on Friday. Campusano is now hitting .302 and has also driven in 36 RBI. The 23-year-old is one of the top catching prospects in the game and has gotten a couple cups of coffee in the big leagues, but he hasn't done much in that limited opportunity. A prime trade candidate for the aggressive Padres front office, managers should keep an eye on Campusano to see weather or not he remains with San Diego or is dealt. Campusano remains a better option in dynasty leagues, but could be an intriguing in redraft leagues, if he is dealt and given an opportunity. Campusano remains a prospect for managers to keep an eye on with the trade deadline approaching on August 2.

    Jul 31 · Source via Padres Luis Campusano prospects
  • Elly De La Cruz Continues To Impress

    Cincinnati Reds shortstop prospect Elly De La Cruz went 2-for-5 with a solo home run for Double-A Chattanooga on Saturday. De La Cruz, one of the Reds top prospects was promoted to Double-A on July 22 and hasn't missed a beat since his ascension. On the season, the 20-year-old is hitting .297 with 22 homers, 56 RBI and 32 stolen bases between High-A and Double-A. The Reds have a flurry of top shortstop prospects that includes Matt McLain in Double-A, but he has been shifted to second base to accommodate De La Cruz. The club also acquired shortstops Noelvi Marte and Edwin Arroyo from the Mariners in the Luis Castillo trade, but it appears they are devoted to keeping De La Cruz at shortstop for the time being. Regardless of where he winds up on the diamond, De La Cruz offers across the board talent and he continues to open eyes at every level. The Reds have no reason to promote him this season, but there is a true chance that he could make his big-league debut at some point in 2023 for the rebuilding Reds and dynasty-league managers should start taking note on the prospect.

    Jul 31 · Source via Reds Elly De La Cruz prospects
  • MacKenzie Gore Tentatively Slated For September Return

    Padres left-hander MacKenzie Gore was placed on the 15-day injured list Tuesday due to inflammation in his throwing elbow, and as a result he “won't throw…for a couple of weeks,” manager Bob Melvin told Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune and other reporters.  “Structurally, everything looked pretty good in there compared to the past. …

    Jul 31 · MLB Trade Rumors Padres MacKenzie Gore prospects
  • Julio Rodriguez Undergoing X-Rays On Wrist

    Seattle Mariners outfielder Julio Rodriguez left Saturday's contest versus the Astros early after he was hit on the wrist by a pitch. The rookie stayed in the game to play defense, but was pulled before his next at-bat and will undergo X-rays on his wrist to find out the severity of the injury. Rodriguez stated that he would speak to the media on Sunday as managers tentatively hold their breath for no severe damage. He will likely sit for Sunday's finale and a trip to the IL shouldn't be ruled out either until we get the imaging results tomorrow.

    Jul 31 · Source via Mariners Julio Rodriguez prospects
  • Mets Agree To Sign First-Rounder Kevin Parada

    The Mets have reached a deal with 11th overall pick Kevin Parada, MLB Pipeline’s Jim Callis reports (Twitter link).  Parada will receive $5,019,735, an overslot bonus that exceeds the recommended $4,780,700 price for the 11th selection. It was perhaps a slight surprise that Parada was still available when the Mets were on the board, as…

    Jul 30 · MLB Trade Rumors Mets prospects mlb draft
  • Reds Pick Up Noelvi Marte, Other Prospects Friday

    The Cincinnati Reds dealt starting pitcher Luis Castillo to the Seattle Mariners on Friday night in exchange for shortstops Noelvi Marte and Edwin Arroyo, right-hander Levi Stoudt and second baseman Dylan Moore. Marte (No. 1), Arroyo (No. 3) and Stoudt (No. 5) were all top-five prospects of the Mariners, according to MLB Pipeline, so Cincinnati really scored in a prospect-rich deal for Castillo. Marte is hitting .270/.360/.460 with an .820 OPS, 15 homers, 55 RBI and 12 steals in 84 games for High-A Everett after a slow start this year. There aren't many infielders with raw power like his, and he's shown a solid approach at the plate as well. His future home could be at third base, though. Arroyo, 18, is a switch-hitting shortstop who has done nothing but it at Low-A this year. Stoudt has struggled at Double-A, but he could eventually be a back-of-the-rotation starter for the Reds.

    Jul 29 · Source via Mariners Reds Edwin Arroyo Noelvi Marte Dylan Moore prospects
  • Pirates Sign First-Rounder Termarr Johnson

    The Pirates signed fourth overall pick Termarr Johnson this afternoon, the club announced. Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports (Twitter link) he’ll receive a $7.219MM signing bonus that’s a bit above the $7.01MM accompanying slot value. Top two selections Jackson Holliday and Druw Jones were the only players in the class to beat Johnson’s bonus. That’s…

    Jul 29 · MLB Trade Rumors Pirates prospects mlb draft
  • Pirates Agree With First-Rounder Termarr Johnson

    The Pittsburgh Pirates agreed with infielder Termarr Johnson, the No. 4 pick in this year's draft, to an over-slot deal worth $7,219,000 on Friday. Johnson had one of the best overall hit tools of any high school position-player prospect this year. The 18-year-old is likely to be a second baseman at the next level while standing at just 5-foot-8. Despite his small stature, Johnson projects for at least average power at the keystone in the long term. He won't develop much more physically, though, and he's not much of a threat to steal bases.

    Jul 29 · Source via Pirates prospects mlb draft
  • MacKenzie Gore Has A Chance To Avoid Surgery

    San Diego Padres left-hander MacKenzie Gore (elbow) continues to be evaluated and likely will for the next few days, but initial word is that he can avoid surgery. Gore could recover with rest and treatment, but it remains to be seen how long he'll need to rest before returning to the team. The 23-year-old southpaw landed on the 15-day injured list on Tuesday after leaving his outing on Monday with a sore left elbow. After making 13 starts for the Friars in the first half of the season, the Padres had recently moved Gore to the bullpen, and he allowed four earned runs on two hits while walking four in 1 2/3 innings of relief in his last two appearances before his injury. His injury could cause him to remain in a relief role the rest of the way, which would severely limit his fantasy impact.

    Jul 29 · Source via Padres MacKenzie Gore prospects
  • Darick Hall Triples On Thursday

    Philadelphia Phillies first baseman/designated hitter Darick Hall went 1-for-5 in Thursday's 8-7 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. His lone hit was a triple, and he scored and had two RBI. Hall has had good results to start his career, slashing .256/.282/.537 with five home runs, 14 runs, and 11 RBI across 22 games. Although, the rookie is striking out 30.6% of the time and has posted just a 3.5% walk rate. The 27-year-old should continue to play every day if he keeps hitting, but he won't be relevant in every league until there's a larger sample size.

    Jul 29 · Source via Phillies Darick Hall prospects
  • Edward Cabrera Dominant In Rehab Outing

    Miami Marlins starting pitcher Edward Cabrera (elbow) was terrific in his Triple-A rehab start for Jacksonville, tossing five innings of shutout baseball in his team's win. The right-hander allowed just one hit on the evening while striking out seven and walking no one in the 61-pitch effort. This marks the third rehab start for Cabrera who is working his way back from elbow tendinitis that shelved him in the middle of June. Through 15 2/3 big-league innings so far in 2022, Cabrera held his own with six earned runs allowed (3.45 ERA), a 1.21 WHIP, and 15 punchouts. He'll get at least one more start in the minors before returning to the Marlins, and could prove to be a valuable fantasy asset for the final two months if he doesn't suffer any setbacks.

    Jul 29 · Source via Marlins Edward Cabrera prospects
  • Chase Silseth To Start Saturday Against Texas

    Los Angeles Angels pitcher Chase Silseth will start Saturday's game against the Texas Rangers. He is expected to be recalled from Double-A Rocket City ahead of Saturday's contest. Reid Detmers' start will be moved to Sunday, giving him an extra day of rest. Noah Syndergaard will be moved to Tuesday, which is after the Aug. 2 trade deadline. Silseth owns a 1-3 record with 5.84 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 19 strikeouts across 24 2/3 innings in two major league starts this season. Fantasy managers might want to see how Silseth pitches on Sunday before using him as a streamer or adding him to their rosters.

    Jul 28 · Source via Angels Chase Silseth prospects
  • Diego Castillo Lands On Injured List

    The Seattle Mariners placed relief pitcher Diego Castillo (shoulder) on the 15-day injured list on Thursday with right shoulder inflammation and recalled right-hander Matt Brash from Triple-A Tacoma in a corresponding move. Castillo's injured-list placement is retroactive to July 26. On the season, the 28-year-old Dominican has gone 7-1 with a 3.93 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, six saves, four holds, 36 strikeouts and 17 walks in 36 2/3 innings in his second season with Seattle, mainly in a late-inning setup role in front of closer Paul Sewald. Andres Munoz and Matt Festa will see more late-inning work with Castillo on the sidelines for at least the next two weeks. In Castillo's last outing on Monday against the Texas Rangers, he allowed a solo home run while walking one and striking out one in one-third of an inning to pick up his fourth hold.

    Jul 28 · Source via Mariners Diego Castillo prospects
  • Mark Vientos Hits 18th Homer For Triple-A Syracuse

    New York Mets corner infield prospect Mark Vientos went 2-for-4 with a walk, three RBI and a two-run homer for Triple-A Syracuse on Wednesday. Vientos has been putting together a solid season for Syracuse and is hitting .264 with 18 homers and 51 RBI. With the Mets going for a championship and Vientos already on the 40-man roster, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him get a chance this season. There is also the possibility that he could be dealt with the trade deadline approaching. If Vientos were to be given a chance at everyday at-bats this season, he would be worth giving a chance to, but it's more likely than not that he holds his most value in dynasty leagues at the present moment.

    Jul 28 · Source via Mets Mark Vientos prospects
  • Kevin Alcantara Showing Potential In Single-A

    Chicago Cubs outfield prospect Kevin Alcantara went 1-for-5 with a grand slam for Single-A Myrtle Beach on Wednesday. Part of the Anthony Rizzo deadline deal of last year, the 20-year-old is now hitting .265 with 12 homers, 66 RBI and 11 stolen bases. Alcantara has shown the ability to help across the board with speed being an underrated aspect of his game with 14 doubles and six triple. At 6'6 his body is still maturing and that could lead to more power in the future. For now, Alcantara remains far away from the big leagues and is nothing more than a name for dynasty managers to take note of.

    Jul 28 · Source via Cubs Kevin Alcantara prospects
  • Adael Amador Continues To Impress In Single-A

    Colorado Rockies shortstop prospect Adael Amador went 2-for-4 with a double and home run for Single-A Fresno on Wednesday. Amador is a top-five prospect for the Rockies and has impressed with a .307 batting average to go along with 12 homers, 40 RBI and 18 stolen bases. At just 19 years of age, Amador is still a few years away from the big leagues, but the switch-hitter has impressed enough this season for dynasty managers to start filing his name away. His biggest flaw at the moment is his defense and it's no guarantee that he remains at shortstop, but with his ability to his for both power and swipe bags, he can be a strong option in a few years for managers.

    Jul 28 · Source via Rockies prospects
  • Moises Gomez Displaying Power In Minor Leagues

    St. Louis Cardinals outfield prospect Moises Gomez went 1-for-5 with a home run for Triple-A Memphis on Wednesday. The homer was his 29th of the season between Double-A and Triple-A this year and that leads all of minor league baseball up to this point. The 23-year-old opened the season in Double-A and hit .321 with 23 homers and 54 RBI in 60 games. Since his promotion to Triple-A, Gomez has hit .278 with six homers and 16 RBI in 20 games. The slugger's biggest issue thus far in his career has been plate discipline, but he has his seen his strikeout rate drop in 2022. The power is there, but Gomez will have to improve his strikeout rate to make an impact in the big leagues. For now, Gomez is only worth monitoring in dynasty league with the Cardinals having one of the deeper outfield systems in the game,

    Jul 28 · Source via Cardinals Moises Gomez prospects
  • Michael Busch Continues Impressive Season For Triple-A

    Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Michael Busch went 2-for-4 with a double and a walk on Wednesday for Triple-A Oklahoma City. For the season the 24-year-old is now hitting .277 with 22 homers, 67 RBI and four stolen bases. Busch is one of the Dodgers top prospects, but like teammate Miguel Vargas, there just isn't a spot for him on the big-league squad at the moment. With the trade deadline approaching in less than a week, Busch is a name to monitor, but at the moment, his best value is in dynasty leagues.

    Jul 28 · Source via Dodgers Michael Busch prospects
  • Miguel Vargas Won't Slow Down In Triple-A

    Los Angeles Dodgers infield/outfield prospect Miguel Vargas continues to swing a hot bat for Triple-A Oklahoma City. On Wednesday, Vargas went 1-for-5 with his 14th longball of the season. Vargas has been the talk of town in regards to minor league players this year and is now hitting .293 with 14 homers and 68 RBI. Despite his impressive season, the Dodgers big-league squad is too talented at the moment and Vargas is unlikely to make an impact without an injury. With less than a week to go until the trade deadline, if Vargas were to be dealt, his value in redraft leagues would improve greatly. For now, he is worth monitoring in redraft leagues and should be rostered in dynasty leagues.

    Jul 28 · Source via Dodgers Miguel Vargas prospects
  • Triston Casas Could Still Help Out Boston In 2022

    Boston Red Sox top prospect Triston Casas (ankle) could still help out at first baseman could the call to the big leagues this season. The 22-year-old first baseman has been out since mid-May with a high ankle sprain. Despite having a lengthy absence on the injured list, Casas could help out at first base for the Red Sox this season. Red Sox Chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom said he "wouldn't rule it out. I think it's possible. Obviously, the injury, what that did to him in terms of just opportunity. We were looking forward to him just having a consistent year." Casas is slashing .234/.343/.421/.764 line, six homers, nine doubles, 23 RBIs, and 25 runs in 40 games for Worcester this season. Fantasy managers searching for power can stash Casas in most league formats if they have room on their roster.

    Jul 27 · Source via Red Sox Triston Casas prospects
  • Vinnie Pasquantino Out With Thumb Discomfort

    Kansas City Royals rookie first baseman/designated hitter Vinnie Pasquantino (thumb) is dealing with right thumb discomfort, which is why he's not in the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Los Angeles Angels. He felt it on a swing on Tuesday but is "feeling better today," according to skipper Mike Matheny. Fantasy managers should consider the 24-year-old day-to-day for now. Pasquantino has struggled in his first 25 major league games, going 19-for-90 (.211) with 17 strikeouts, three home runs, five RBI and eight runs scored in 104 plate appearances. Andrew Benintendi will serve as the designated hitter and bat third on Wednesday, while Ryan O'Hearn is at first base and hitting fifth against Angels right-hander Janson Junk.

    Jul 27 · Source via Royals Vinnie Pasquantino prospects
  • George Kirby Sharp In Return

    Seattle Mariners starting pitcher George Kirby was sharp in his return from the minor leagues Tuesday night, allowing no runs on two hits and one walk in five innings. He struck out four batters and was in line for the win before the bullpen gave up the lead. Kirby was not in the minors because of any kind of poor performance, as he's recorded a 3.50 ERA and 1.20 WHIP with 66 strikeouts in 69 1/3 innings this year, but the Mariners are clearly aware of managing his innings, which could be an issue for fantasy managers as the year progresses.

    Jul 27 · Source via Mariners George Kirby prospects
  • Riley Greene Collects A Pair Of Hits Tuesday

    Detroit Tigers outfielder Riley Greene had a couple of hits in five at-bats during Tuesday's 6-4 loss to the San Diego Padres. They were both singles, but he also drove in a run. Greene is slashing .244/.320/.348 with two home runs, 19 runs, 13 RBI, and a stolen base over 33 games. There was a lot of hype surrounding the 21-year-old, so his numbers have been a bit disappointing. However, Greene is a rookie and can't be expected to be fantasy relevant right away.

    Jul 27 · Source via Tigers Riley Greene prospects
  • Druw Jones Could Miss Rest Of 2022

    Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Druw Jones (shoulder), who was the No. 2 overall pick in this year's draft, suffered a shoulder injury during his first batting practice session with the team on Monday and might miss the rest of the year. It's unknown if he'll require surgery. Jones is the son of five-time All-Star center fielder Andruw Jones and was considered by many to be the top talent in this year's draft. He signed last week for a slot-value bonus of $8.19 million. D-backs farm director Josh Barfield said "it's too early to say" whether Jones will be ready for the start of spring training in 2023. It's a tough break for the 18-year-old outfielder, but there's no reason to believe this injury will significantly alter his long-term development.

    Jul 26 · Source via Diamondbacks prospects mlb draft
  • Julio Rodriguez Back In The Leadoff Spot Tuesday

    Seattle Mariners outfielder Julio Rodriguez (wrist) is officially back in the leadoff spot for the team's matchup against the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night. Rodriguez sat out each of the team's last four games due to left wrist soreness. All indications over the last 24 hours were that he would be back in action on Tuesday, and now he's officially slated to return -- barring a last minute scratch of course. The 21-year-old phenom had a fantastic first half of the 2022 season, slashing .275/.337/.477 with 16 home runs, 21 stolen bases, 52 RBI and 53 runs.

    Jul 26 · Source via Mariners Julio Rodriguez prospects
  • C.J. Abrams Remains Out For Tuesday's Game

    San Diego Padres shortstop C.J. Abrams (biceps) will miss his fourth consecutive game on Tuesday when the team takes on right-hander Garrett Hill and the Detroit Tigers. Ha-Seong Kim will be covering shortstop for the team once again. Abrams has been battling biceps soreness since Saturday. He'll have one more chance to play in the team's series against the Tigers on Wednesday, then the Padres get an off day on Thursday. Over 43 games on the season, the 21-year-old rookie has slashed .231/.280/.322 with two home runs, one stolen base, 11 RBI and 15 runs.

    Jul 26 · Source via Padres C.J. Abrams prospects
  • Julio Rodriguez Tentatively In The Lineup For Tuesday

    Seattle Mariners manager Scott Servais provided an update on outfielder Julio Rodriguez (wrist) during his interview on the show Seattle Sports on Tuesday. Servais stated that Rodriguez is currently included in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Texas Rangers. However, he added that the team would need to see how he looked in pregame warmups before making things official. Rodriguez has yet to see the field in the second half of the season as he's been hampered by left wrist soreness. The Mariners have a late, 7:10 PM PT start time for their game on Tuesday, so make sure to keep an eye out for the official lineup ahead of the contest.

    Jul 26 · Source via Mariners Julio Rodriguez prospects
  • MacKenzie Gore Lands On 15-Day Injured List

    The San Diego Padres placed left-hander MacKenzie Gore (elbow) on the 15-day injured list due to left elbow inflammation on Tuesday. The team called up right-hander Dinelson Lamet from Triple-A in a corresponding move. Gore exited his start against the Detroit Tigers on Monday with what was initially described as elbow soreness. We don't have any indication of a timeline for the 23-year-old rookie at this point. Over 16 appearances (13 starts) this year, Gore has gone 4-4 with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP.

    Jul 26 · Source via Padres MacKenzie Gore prospects
  • George Kirby Recalled Ahead Of Tuesday's Start

    The Seattle Mariners have recalled right-hander George Kirby from Triple-A. He will be the team's starting pitcher for Tuesday's game against the Texas Rangers. To clear a roster spot for Kirby, the team optioned fellow right-hander Matt Brash to Triple-A. Kirby has had an up-and-down first tour of the majors this year. Across 12 starts, he's gone 2-3 with a 3.78 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. He's been hit hard on multiple occasions, but he's done a good job of limiting walks, as shown by his 6.9 K/BB ratio.

    Jul 26 · Source via Mariners George Kirby prospects
  • Edward Cabrera Set For Rehab Outing Thursday

    Miami Marlins right-hander Edward Cabrera (elbow) is scheduled to pitch for Triple-A Jacksonville on Thursday in his third minor league rehab start. Cabrera got up to 52 pitches in his last outing and has been sidelined since June 13 with right elbow tendinitis. The 24-year-old tossed three scoreless frames and struck out seven while walking just one for Double-A Pensacola last Friday. If everything goes smoothly on Thursday, there's a chance that he could rejoin the Marlins rotation after that. Before his injury, Cabrera had allowed six earned runs on 10 hits while walking nine and striking out 15 in 15 2/3 innings over three starts.

    Jul 26 · Source via Marlins Edward Cabrera prospects
  • Red Sox Designate Phillips Valdez For Assignment

    The Red Sox have designated right-hander Phillips Valdez for assignment, the team announced Tuesday. His DFA will open a spot on the 40-man roster for righty Josh Winckowski, whose contract will be selected to the Major League roster today (as MassLive.com’s Chris Cotillo tweeted). Valdez’s subtraction from the roster in Triple-A Worcester also opens a spot…

    Jul 26 · MLB Trade Rumors Red Sox Abraham Almonte Phillips Valdez Josh Winckowski prospects
  • Brennen Davis Returns To Practice

    Chicago Cubs outfield prospect Brennen Davis (back) has returned to the practice field and could return to game action in two to three weeks. The talented outfielder opened the season in Triple-A but has only played in 22 games this year. In that time, Davis hit .195 with two homers before undergoing back surgery. The 22-year-old was expected to make his big-league debut this year, and he still can, depending on how his back feels during his recovery. For now, it's unlikely Davis makes a major impact in redraft leagues, but managers in dynasty leagues should roster Davis and monitor his health over the next few weeks.

    Jul 26 · Source via Cubs Brennen Davis prospects
  • Josh Winckowski Will Return To The Mound Tuesday

    Boston Red Sox right-hander Josh Winckowski has cleared the league's COVID-19 health and safety protocols. He will be the team's starting pitcher for Tuesday's game against the Cleveland Guardians. The 24-year-old has been on the COVID-19 injured list for about two weeks. He's seen his first exposure to the majors this year and the results have been mixed. Over seven starts, he's gone 3-4 with a 4.38 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP. He's turned in quality starts in three of his last five outings.

    Jul 26 · Source via Red Sox Josh Winckowski prospects
  • C.J. Abrams Misses His Third Straight Game On Monday

    San Diego Padres shortstop C.J. Abrams (biceps) was held out of action once again on Monday with biceps soreness. He has now missed three consecutive games due to the ailment. Ha-Seong Kim has handled shortstop duties during each of the team's last three games with Abrams out. Abrams has been quietly making some progress at the plate this month. Over 12 games in July, he's batted .300. However, he has just two extra-base hits (a homer and a double) and zero walks this month and he still has just one stolen base over three attempts on the year. The 21-year-old rookie has immense upside and dynasty managers should be very excited for the future with Abrams. But in season-long leagues, he is someone who can be left on waivers in most formats.

    Jul 26 · Source via Padres C.J. Abrams prospects
  • Alex Ramirez Off To Strong Start In Second Half

    Outfield prospect Alex Ramirez was the New York Mets' biggest international singing in 2019, agreeing to a $2.05 million deal. The Dominican Republic native continues to be viewed as one of New York's top prospects, boasting impressive running skills that bode well for his production on the basepaths and in center field. He has a solid glove and an above-average arm, meaning he could play right field if needed. Offensively, Ramirez's biggest flaw is his inability to make consistent contact. His strikeout rate is higher than ideal, and he has yet to develop the power that many people anticipated. Of course, there's still time considering he's just a teenager and will fill out his 6-foot-3, 170-pound frame. Although Ramirez's offensive production has been far from perfect this season, he certainly caught everyone's attention this past week. In three games since the All-Star Break, he is 8-for-13 with two homers, one double, and five RBI. He walked once, struck out twice, and stole a base during that span. Ramirez projects as someone who could be a well-rounded player in the future, which bodes well for his fantasy baseball value. However, he needs to improve his swing-and-miss factor going forward.

    Jul 26 · Source via Mets Alex Ramirez prospects
  • Endy Rodriguez Raking In Greensboro

    Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Endy Rodriguez is primarily a catcher, though he has spent time at first base, second base, and left field this season. He signed with the New York Mets for just $10,000 in 2018 and found his way to Pittsburgh in the three-team trade that sent Joe Musgrove to the San Diego Padres. Rodriguez bats from both sides of the plate but has looked better as a lefty, producing more power and drawing more walks. So far, he has not sacrificed discipline (strikeouts, in particular) in order to hit home runs. Defensively, Rodriguez has great receiving and throwing skills, so there's no doubt that he offers the most value behind the dish. Though No. 1 prospect Henry Davis might get first dibs at the catcher position, Rodriguez boasts plenty of upside there, too. He has looked great with High-A Greensboro this season. In fact, in three games since the All-Star Break, he's 6-for-12 with four homers, seven RBI, two walks, and just one strikeout. His contributions have certainly not gone unnoticed, and it's fair to wonder if he's nearing a promotion to Double-A. His biggest obstacle? The aforementioned Davis, who was called up to Double-A in early June.

    Jul 26 · Source via Pirates Henry Davis Endy Rodriguez prospects
  • Kyle Harrison Fans Nine Consecutive Batters In Latest Start

    San Francisco Giants pitching prospect Kyle Harrison, 20, is a talented southpaw who was selected in the third round of the shortened 2020 MLB Draft. One of the draft's most impressive prep pitching prospects, Harrison signed a well-over-slot $2.5 million deal and has since given the Giants plenty of reason to be optimistic about his future. He has historically sat around the mid-90s with his fastball, though it was clocked at 98 mph more recently. He also throws a deceiving changeup and a sharp slider with good horizontal break. He has solid command and has done a good job striking out opponents, though there should be some concern about his walk rate. Harrison had a phenomenal outing against the Bowie Baysox this past week. After walking the first batter he faced, the hurler went on to strike out each of his next nine batters in order. When all was said and done, Harrison's line boasted zero hits, zero runs, one walk, and a whopping nine strikeouts through three frames.

    Jul 26 · Source via Giants Kyle Harrison prospects
  • Michael Toglia Continues To Swat Homers

    Colorado Rockies first base prospect Michael Toglia has put on an impressive display of power as of late. The talented switch-hitter can launch the ball over the fence in all parts of the field. Discipline-wise, Toglia has solid vision at the plate but has still shown a tendency to swing and miss due to his power-heavy approach. Defensively, the first baseman looks very strong at his position with smooth glovework and an overall natural feel. He could shift to a role in left field if needed, but the expectation is that first base will be Toglia's long-term home. The 23-year-old has looked great since returning from the All-Star Break, going 4-for-10 with two home runs and three RBI. He scored four times in the process and has emerged as a player whose future fantasy value will be boosted by his power output. Look for Toglia to grace Coors Field sometime next season.

    Jul 26 · Source via Rockies Michael Toglia prospects
  • Orelvis Martinez Enjoying Strong Start To Second Half

    Toronto Blue Jays shortstop prospect Orelvis Martinez is off to an impressive start post-All-Star Break. One of the team's best prospects, he boasts good bat speed and more power than you would expect out of an undersized shortstop. Although his home run totals continue to garner plenty of attention, there's no denying that Martinez's discipline needs to improve. He chases far too many pitches out of the zone, especially ones that miss outside. The 20-year-old has spent most of his time at shortstop but could transition to third base pretty seamlessly if needed. Martinez's second half of the season got off to a hot start this past week. He went 0-for-4 in his first game back but then proceeded to go 6-for-8 with three homers, one double, and five RBI over the course of his last two contests. The right-hander scored five runs in the process and also managed to increase his slugging percentage by 43 points. Anticipate a mid-2023 MLB debut for the Dominican Republic native.

    Jul 26 · Source via Blue Jays Orelvis Martinez prospects
  • MacKenzie Gore Exits Monday With Elbow Discomfort

    San Diego Padres pitcher MacKenzie Gore (elbow) exited Monday's game early with left elbow discomfort, per the Athletic's Dennis Lin. Gore pitched 1 1/3 innings out of the bullpen in Monday's 12-4 loss to the Tigers, allowing two runs on one hit and two walks with a strikeout. Related to his elbow, Gore said, "It wasn't that one pitch, which is hopefully a good thing." He will be re-examined by doctors once the Padres return to San Diego. Things have not gone well lately for the 23-year-old rookie, who, after compiling some strong starts, has been relegated to the bullpen and now owns a 4.50 ERA over 70 IP. Fantasy managers should know more in the coming days upon Gore's return to San Diego.

    Jul 26 · Source via Padres MacKenzie Gore prospects
  • MacKenzie Gore Leaves Monday's Game Early

    San Diego Padres left-hander MacKenzie Gore left Monday's game early with an undisclosed injury, according to reports. Gore worked 1 1/3 innings in relief of Sean Manaea in the contest, allowing two runs on one hit while striking out one and walking two. He was visited by trainers and appeared to be in discomfort while walking off of the field, although the team has yet to specify the nature of Gore's injury. Gore has posted a 4-4 record, 4.50 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, and 72 strikeouts over 70 innings of work in 2022. Look for the Padres to update his status after Monday's game ends.

    Jul 25 · Source via Padres MacKenzie Gore prospects
  • Ethan Small Called Up Monday

    The Milwaukee Brewers recalled left-handed pitching prospect Ethan Small from Triple-A Nashville on Monday and designated right-hander Connor Sadzeck for assignment in a corresponding move. Small made his big-league debut for the Brewers on May 30 against the Chicago Cubs, allowing two earned runs on four hits while walking four and striking out four in 2 2/3 innings. He's expected to make his second MLB start on Tuesday against the Minnesota Twins. Small is the club's No. 8 prospect, per MLB Pipeline, but he'll be a very risky fantasy streamer in just his second major league start. The 25-year-old southpaw has gone 6-4 with a 3.34 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 81 strikeouts and 40 walks in 72 2/3 innings over 15 starts for Nashville this year.

    Jul 25 · Source via Brewers Ethan Small prospects
  • Mariners Optimistic Julio Rodriguez Will Return Tuesday

    Seattle Mariners skipper Scott Servais said he's "very, very optimistic" that rookie outfielder Julio Rodriguez (wrist) will return to the starting lineup on Tuesday against the Texas Rangers. Rodriguez is out of the lineup for the fourth straight game with left wrist soreness, but he is going to ramp up his baseball activity before the game on Monday. The 21-year-old Dominican has burst onto the scene in 2022 and is already a must-start in fantasy, and it looks like fantasy managers will be able to get him back into their lineups on Tuesday. J-Rod has hit .275/.337/.477 with an .814 OPS, 16 home runs, 52 RBI, 53 runs scored and 21 stolen bases in 346 at-bats so far in his rookie season. Dylan Moore is starting in center field in his place and is batting eighth on Monday against Rangers right-hander Glenn Otto.

    Jul 25 · Source via Mariners Julio Rodriguez prospects
  • Reds Agree To Terms With First-Rounder Cam Collier

    The Reds have agreed to terms with first-round pick Cam Collier on a $5MM deal, tweets Mark Sheldon of MLB.com. R.J. Anderson of CBS Sports reported over the weekend that Collier was expected to receive a bonus in that range. That’s well north of the $3.6598MM slot value associated with the #18 pick, with which the…

    Jul 25 · MLB Trade Rumors Reds prospects mlb draft
  • Julio Rodriguez To Miss His Fourth Straight Game Monday

    Seattle Mariners outfielder Julio Rodriguez (wrist) will remain out for the team's contest against right-hander Glenn Otto and the Texas Rangers on Monday. This will be his fourth consecutive missed games due to left wrist soreness. The rookie received an MRI this weekend that showed no structural damage and he remains day-to-day for now. J.P. Crawford is leading off for the fourth straight game on Monday while Dylan Moore will continue to patrol center field for the team.

    Jul 25 · Source via Mariners Julio Rodriguez prospects
  • Brewers Designate Connor Sadzeck For Assignment

    The Brewers announced Monday that they’ve designated righty Connor Sadzeck for assignment and recalled pitching prospect Ethan Small from Triple-A Nashville in his place. Small will likely get the nod to start Tuesday’s game, which had been listed as a “TBD” by the Brewers. Sadzeck, 30, appeared in two games with the Brewers and yielded…

    Jul 25 · MLB Trade Rumors Brewers Connor Sadzeck Ethan Small prospects
  • Tigers To Sign First-Rounder Jace Jung

    The Tigers are in agreement with No. 12 overall draft pick Jace Jung, tweets Jim Callis of MLB.com. The now-former Texas Tech standout will receive his full slot value of $4,590,300. The team has yet to formally announce the deal, though that’s presumably coming in the near future. Jung, the younger brother of top Rangers…

    Jul 25 · MLB Trade Rumors Tigers prospects mlb draft
  • Julio Rodriguez's MRI Shows No Structural Damage

    Seattle Mariners outfielder Julio Rodriguez (wrist) underwent an MRI on his sore left wrist on Saturday. The results of the MRI showed some bruising, but no structural damage. Mariners manager Scott Servais stated that Rodriguez remains day-to-day at this point, but also added that a stint on the injured list could be possible. Rodriguez hasn't appeared in a game since the All-Star game, so the team would be able to backdate a stint on the 10-day injured list to July 22. Stay tuned for further updates on the 21-year-old phenom. If he can avoid the injured list, his next chance to play will be on Monday against the Texas Rangers.

    Jul 24 · Source via Mariners Julio Rodriguez prospects
  • Julio Rodriguez Not In The Lineup On Sunday

    Seattle Mariners outfielder Julio Rodriguez (wrist) is absent from the lineup in Sunday's series finale against the Houston Astros. The 21-year-old All-Star has now missed all three games against Seattle's division rival as he rests his sore left wrist. J.P. Crawford is once again batting leadoff as the M's look to salvage the series against Framber Valdez as the Astros. Hopefully, J-Rod can return to the lineup on Monday against the Rangers.

    Jul 24 · Source via Mariners Julio Rodriguez prospects
  • JJ Bleday Called Up Saturday

    The Miami Marlins promoted top prospect JJ Bleday to the MLB roster on Saturday. The 24-year-old outfielder is a former first-round draft pick and has been a top 100 prospect for three seasons since being drafted in 2019. Although he has fallen out of the MLB Pipeline top 100 mid-season rankings, he is still the Marlins' number four prospect. He's had a tough time hitting for average in the minors but seems to have found his power stroke this season, bashing 20 homers over 367 plate appearances. He will strike out quite a bit, but also walks at a good rate. He isn't in the starting lineup tonight, which likely indicates he won't play every day against lefties for now. In deeper leagues, if you need power or play in an OBP league, he could be worth an add.

    Jul 23 · Source via Marlins JJ Bleday prospects
  • Marlins Promote JJ Bleday, Place Jorge Soler On Injured List

    The Marlins have selected the contract of former first-round pick JJ Bleday and added him to the active roster, per Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald (via Twitter).  Bleday’s addition to the roster comes in response to Jorge Soler going on the 10-day injured list with lower back spasms. There isn’t any backdating on Soler’s IL…

    Jul 23 · MLB Trade Rumors Marlins JJ Bleday Jorge Soler prospects
  • Julio Rodriguez Remains Out On Saturday

    Seattle Mariners outfielder Julio Rodriguez (wrist) is not in the starting lineup on Saturday against the Houston Astros. J-Rod was a late scratch on Friday with left-wrist soreness, an injury that allegedly occurred on a stolen base attempt in the final game of the first half of the season, and will now miss his second straight contest. The Mariners are going to be very cautious with their young All-Star so fantasy managers should consider him day-to-day and monitor his status prior to Sunday's series finale between Seattle and Houston.

    Jul 23 · Source via Mariners Julio Rodriguez prospects
  • Brayan Bello Likely To Start Sunday

    Boston Red Sox top pitching prospect Brayan Bello, who was recalled from the minors on Friday, is the leading candidate to start on Sunday against the Toronto Blue Jays. Bello struggled in his first two major league starts, allowing nine earned runs on 13 hits while walking six and striking out seven in eight innings against the Tampa Bay Rays. The 23-year-old Dominican right-hander has been much better between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Worcester in the minors, though, posting a 2.35 ERA in 16 outings (15 starts) with 118 strikeouts and 34 walks in 88 innings pitched. The team's No. 3 prospect, per MLB Pipeline, is worth picking up in deeper leagues if he sticks in Boston's rotation, but he'll be a shaky streamer in just his third MLB start Sunday.

    Jul 23 · Source via Red Sox Brayan Bello prospects
  • Cubs Sign First-Round Pick Cade Horton

    The Cubs have signed their first-round selection Cade Horton with a $4.45MM signing bonus, per MLB.com’s Jim Callis (via Twitter). Horton’s deal comes in south of the slot value for the seventh overall selection, which is allotted $5.71MM. By coming in under slot for Horton, Callis notes, the Cubs were able to use their savings…

    Jul 23 · MLB Trade Rumors Cubs prospects mlb draft
  • Julio Rodriguez Day-To-Day With Wrist Soreness

    Seattle Mariners outfielder Julio Rodriguez (wrist) has been labeled as day-to-day by the team as he is dealing with left wrist soreness. The rookie sensation reportedly jammed his wrist while attempting a steal last Sunday and he's been experiencing some on-and-off soreness ever since. He was initially included in the starting lineup for Friday night's game, but he didn't feel great after going through batting practice and was scratched shortly before the game began. It sounds like the team was mostly just being cautious with him on Friday. There's a decent chance we'll see the 21-year-old back in action before the end of the weekend. Over 91 games this year, he has slashed .275/.337/.477 with 16 home runs, 21 stolen bases, 52 RBI and 53 runs.

    Jul 23 · Source via Mariners Julio Rodriguez prospects
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