As we get ready to flip the calendar to July, pour one for those poor Pittsburgh Pirates. At 16-9, they posted the National League’s second-best record in June, only to lose ground to the ridiculous St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central race. An application for divisional relocation can’t be far behind for Clint Hurdle’s club.
There were 13 players selected in the Major League phase of the 2014 Rule 5 Draft, and nearly halfway through the year, a surprising percentage remain with their new clubs. Here’s a look at each of the Rule 5 picks, where they’re currently playing and if they have a chance to remain with their team… Oscar Hernandez, C, Diamondbacks: Selected out of the Rays organization despite never having appeared above Class-A, Hernandez broke his hamate bone in Spring Training and has been on the DL all season. As MLBTR’s Jeff Todd noted at the time, that actually made it a bit easier to get some time to evaluate Hernandez, as the D-Backs can see him on a Minor League rehab assignment and don’t have to roster such an inexperienced bat all season. Hernandez is on his rehab assignment now, and the early returns at the plate aren’t good (.200/.259/.280 in nine games). Jarrod Saltalamacchia‘s hit poorly, though, so perhaps the team will prefer Hernandez’s big arm for that spot
The stars nearly aligned for Dereck Rodriguez — son of the former 14-time All-Star catcher, Ivan ‘Pudge’ Rodriguez — on Monday night. With his dad in the crowd, the Elizabethton hurler did not allow Bristol a hit until giving up a single with one out in the seventh.
Clay Buchholz doesn’t have a grand theory to explain his career success pitching at Rogers Centre, but he’s willing to take a stab at it.
Angels center fielder Mike Trout twice robbed the Yankees’ Chris Young of a run-scoring extra-base hit and in between he hit his 20th home run of the season in Monday night’s series opener.
Though George Springer’s had his recent struggles at the plate, he continues to showcase his speed in center field almost nightly.
Mets fans can be forgiven for constantly asking when their team is going to go out and get a hitter, because the offense — currently 26th in baseball in run scoring at 3.58 per game — has clearly not done its part to support the consistently excellent pitching, which is 6th at 3.73 runs allowed per game.
First baseman Eric Hosmer was not in Monday’s lineup against the Astros due to a mild sprain on his left ring finger, and he’s unlikely to play during the three-game set in Houston.
Back during Gerrit Cole’s 2013 Major League infancy, before he’d established any discernible identity (aside from the celebrity of being the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 MLB Draft), just to clue in the sort of pitcher they were talking about, some journalists referred to him as “Gerrit Verlander.” You know, comfortably in the mid-90s and able to dial it up to triple digits when needed in the later innings.