Talking a blue streak: Royals’ run reaches 8

Jul 27, 2017 | No Comments

Eric Hosmer ripped five hits, including his first career grand slam, and the Royals pounded out a season-high 22 hits en route to a 16-2 blowout of the Tigers on Wednesday night at Comerica Park, thus sweeping the three-game series.

Key DP in 8th helps surging KC win 7th straight

Key DP in 8th helps surging KC win 7th straight

Jul 26, 2017 | No Comments

The Royals turned a critical double play in the eighth inning that helped them preserve their season-high seventh straight win, 3-1 over the Tigers on Tuesday night at Comerica Park.

Reds turn triple play on former mate Frazier

Jul 26, 2017 | No Comments

A combination of a sharply hit grounder right to a fielder and poor baserunning helped the Reds turn their first triple play in over two decades in Tuesday night’s 4-2 loss to the Yankees.

Moncada, Rosario lead midseason Top 100 Prospects

Moncada, Rosario lead midseason Top 100 Prospects

Jul 25, 2017 | No Comments

A year ago at this time, Alex Bregman ascended to the top spot on MLBPipeline.com’s Top 100 Prospects list. Fast forward to the official re-rank of the Top 100 in 2017. This time, it’s a familiar face in the top spot: Yoan Moncada.

Top 100 Prospects: A melting pot of mashers

Jul 25, 2017 | No Comments

MLBPipeline.com’s midseason Top 100 Prospects list is defined by youth (eight of the top 10 players are 20 or younger) and headlined by more hitters (each of the top 11) and international players (each of the top eight) than ever before.

Erick Aybar Diagnosed With Fractured Foot

Jul 25, 2017 | No Comments

Padres shortstop Erick Aybar has been diagnosed with a fractured foot, according to Nathan Ruiz of MLB.com (via Twitter). He is said to be looking at an extended absence, with the best-case scenario being a return in the middle of September. Aybar, 33, was hitting just .227/.295/.346 on the year over 291 plate appearances. He’s still a palatable defender at short, though metrics see him as average or slightly below at the position. All told, Aybar is now well removed from his days as a quality regular. The news won’t impact the organization’s broader fortunes, as Aybar is a rental player and the club obviously isn’t going to make the postseason this year. There’s no chance that the Pads will be giving up significant value just to plug the hole, then, though a veteran fill-in could be considered and the team will no doubt continue looking for a long-term solution. In the meantime, though, the Pads will get a longer look at a player who could be an important part of the team’s future.

Royals Acquire Cahill, Maurer, Buchter From Padres For Strahm, Wood, Ruiz

Royals Acquire Cahill, Maurer, Buchter From Padres For Strahm, Wood, Ruiz

Jul 24, 2017 | No Comments

The Royals have announced an interesting trade with the Padres involving a whole host of pitchers, as Robert Murray of Fan Rag has first reported on Twitter. Kansas City will add starter Trevor Cahill, righty reliever Brandon Maurer, and southpaw Ryan Buchter. In exchange, the Pads will pick up southpaws Matt Strahm and Travis Wood along with infield prospect Esteury Ruiz. For Kansas City, the move represents an effort to bolster the team’s pitching staff down the stretch — and confirms that the club isn’t planning on dealing away its pending free agents before the deadline. The Royals designated Al Alburquerque and Luke Farrell to open roster space, while lefty Brian Flynn was recalled to the active roster while the team awaits its new hurlers. The rotation was clearly in need of improvement, and Cahill has tantalized this year with a career-high 12.8% swinging-strike rate while working exclusively from the rotation. While he has thrown just 61 innings over 11 starts, owing to a DL stint for a shoulder injury, Cahill owns a 3.69 ERA with 10.6 K/9 against 3.5 BB/9 along with an excellent 56.8% groundball rate. Whether Cahill can maintain that kind of production down the stretch is anyone’s guess. But with relatively few appealing rental starters available, there weren’t many other places to turn.

Twins Acquire Jaime Garcia, Anthony Recker

Jul 24, 2017 | No Comments

The Twins have acquired lefty Jaime Garcia and catcher Anthony Recker from the Braves, per a club announcement.  In return, Atlanta acquires young righty Huascar Ynoa. As part of the swap, the Braves will send $100K to cover a piece of Recker’s remaining salary, Jon Heyman of Fan Rag tweets. Minnesota is absorbing all of Garcia’s remaining salary, per MLB.com’s Mark Bowman (via Twitter); that represents just over $4.5MM of the original $12MM salary. While these two clubs had seemingly been nearing a deal involving Garcia just days ago, those talks broke down — at least temporarily — when an issue arose in the medicals of Twins righty Nick Burdi. When that fell through, the southpaw ended up making another start for the Braves. It was a good one, which helped buttress the club’s position, though obviously Atlanta did not have an enormous amount of leverage here. Garcia is a useful pitcher, to be sure, but no team was going to give big value to get him. That was especially true of a Minnesota organization that is looking to stay in the postseason hunt, but has little interest in mortgaging the future to do so

Source: Kershaw expected to miss 4-6 weeks

Jul 24, 2017 | No Comments

The Dodgers expect Clayton Kershaw to miss four to six weeks with the back injury that forced him early from Sunday’s start, a baseball source said, confirming MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal’s initial report, making it the second straight year Kershaw will miss significant time due to a back ailment. The club has not confirmed the information.