The Blue Jays announced on Monday that they’ve claimed catcher Juan Graterol off waivers from the Angels and designated right-hander Leonel Campos for assignment to clear a spot on the 40-man roster. The 27-year-old Graterol will give the Blue Jays a potential option to back up Russell Martin in 2017, as the team lacks a clear option right now. A.J. Jimenez is the top internal candidate but is coming off a lackluster season at Triple-A. Toronto has reportedly expressed interest in veteran Jarrod Saltalamacchia as well, though Graterol represents a better defensive options. Graterol, 27, made his Major League debut and tallied 15 plate appearances with the Halos this past season.
Funeral services for Yordano Ventura will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. CT/2 ET in his hometown of Las Terrenas in the Dominican Republic, the Royals confirmed Monday.
It’s been 342 professional appearances and nearly eight calendar years since Ryan Dennick was selected by the Royals out of Tennessee Technological University in 2009. We’re happy to welcome Ryan as the latest author to join our Player’s Perspective series here at MLBTR. 18,910. This is the number of players who have made a Major League debut in the history of the sport.
This morning, Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura and former big-league infielder Andy Marte died in separate car crashes in the Dominican Republic. Here are a few of the many reactions to and reflections on today’s tragic events. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred issued a statement about Ventura and Marte earlier today. “Today is a very sad day for our entire game and particularly for the many loyal fans in the Dominican Republic, the home of both Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte,” said Manfred. “Yordano was a key figure in the Royals’ recent success. His electric talent on the mound helped lead the Royals to two American League pennants and the 2015 World Championship.
Yordano Ventura was 25. He had one of baseball’s fiercest fastballs. He was a little guy with big stuff, big confidence and big dreams. He died in a car accident early Inconceivably, former top prospect Andy Marte, too, died in a separate Dominican car crash early Sunday.
At the Astros Urban Youth Academy on Saturday, 35 high school baseball players from around Texas participated in a Prospect Development Pipeline event. In these one-day, invitation-only workouts, players have a chance to increase their exposure in front of representatives from all 30 teams.
Team Netherlands has improved in all three of its appearances in the World Baseball Classic, and the team will be looking to advance further in the Championship Round this time around.
Ryan Zimmerman hit the ball as hard as just about anyone in 2016, but he also found extremely little production. It’s a combination that doesn’t really make sense alongside one another, and the answer is simple: He’s got to start hitting the ball in the air.