Crash Course: Weekly Round-Up for June 11-18

Welcome to another edition of crash course! We are nearing the trade deadline and rumors should start to begin flying soon, however, we had a relatively slow week, mainly centered around injuries. My updated prospect lists are nearing completion and should be available soon. As always, thanks to FanGraphs, Baseball-Reference, and MLB Trade Rumors, as they were used as references.

Without further ado, here’s your chance to catch up on this week in baseball.

Baltimore Orioles

  • The big news for the week in Baltimore was Chance Sisco getting the boot for the time being after struggling in his first taste of major league action.
    • While I like Sisco as a solid regular, I have always found the scouting reports to be a bit overzealous. While he has a very good contact bat, he brings no power or speed, and his glove is below average. He should be back up in short order.
  • The O’s finally got some good news on Monday, as closer Zach Britton was activated from the disabled list. In order to make room for him on the active roster, Rule V draft selection Pedro Araujo was placed on the disabled list with an elbow injury.
    • At this point, barring any intervention from the Angelos family (team ownership), Britton seems likely to traded next month assuming he pitches reasonably well. He will become a free agent at season’s end.
    • Here’s how the O’s should handle the Araujo situation: The young reliever is currently at about 75 days of major league service, 15 away from the requirement. I would leave him on the disabled list until after everybody is traded, leaving multiple open roster spots. He only needs about 15 more days on the active roster to stick, and seeing as how he is the last of three selections this past season, the O’s should really try to make it work, based on Araujo’s ceiling. While he has been rough, remember that he skipped Double and Triple-A. Give him next season in Triple-A, and treat him like the Cubs treated Randy Rosario this season. Look at him as a prospect, and don’t use him as a taxi-guy right out of the gate. Wait until he finds his stride in the minors and then call him up. He has shown flashes of becoming an outstanding reliever .
  • Andrew Cashner was also placed on the disabled list with what is being considered a mild back strain. He is only expected to miss one start, and while Donnie Hart was recalled in the immediate aftermath of the move, he was sent down the following day to make room for Yefry Ramirez who allowed there runs over four and one-third innings.
  • Ramirez was sent down, and Richard Bleier was placed on the disabled list with a shoulder strain on Friday to make room for Tanner Scott and Corban Joseph. Joseph was not yet on the 40-man roster, therefore, recent claim D.J. Snelten was designated for assignment and sent outright to Triple-A Norfolk.

Boston Red Sox

  • I hope the Yankees had their fun, because Mookie Betts is back. Betts has been the most explosive player for the Red Sox for a few seasons now, and has really come into his own as a superstar this year. Sam Travis was sent down to accommodate the move.
  • The Red Sox made a very interesting minor league signing this week, as they signed 27-year old Johnny Bladel to a minor league contract.
    • Bladel has never played in affiliated ball, but has a career .339/.440/.496 batting line while offering double-digit stolen base speed, and below average, but serviceable power. He was assigned to Double-A. I would consider him a possibility for a major league bench guy.
  • The M’s and Sox completed the Roenis Elias deal this week, as the Sox acquired Eric Filia from the Mariners, but returned him following a failed physical and accepted cash in the deal.
    • The Mariners dodged a bullet on this one. Filla is a 25-year old outfielder in Double-A who has been excellent since being drafted in the 20th round of the 2016 draft, hitting .343/.428/.460 over 210 games, making it to Double-A. He doesn’t have much in terms of tools, but as a contact oriented utility outfielder with average to slightly above average speed, he would have been a good get for the Sox.

New York Yankees

  • Can somebody explain to me why the Yankees gave up Taylor Widener and Nick Solak to acquire Brandon Drury, when they have not used him all season despite his astounding success in Triple-A thus far? I have heard the “numbers’ game” excuse a lot, but Neil Walker and Greg Bird have both been rather terrible, and I believe Drury would be an upgrade over all of them.
  • Jonathan Loaisiga was recalled to make his major league debut on Friday and blanked the Rays over five innings. Tyler Austin was sent down to the minor leagues to accommodate the move. Maybe this could help facilitate a Drury call-up in the near future.
  • The Yankees acquired some additional bonus money in advance of the July 2nd International Period, as they traded Chad Whitmer to the Brewers. The following day, the Brewers sent the Yankees Wendell Rijo to complete the Erik Kratz deal.

Tampa Bay Rays

  • Willy Adames is back up with the Rays after Daniel Robertson landed on the disabled list with a hamstring injury. While he was initially slated to last until Adeiny Hechavarria was activated, Christian Arroyo landed on the disabled list with an oblique strain. He seems likely to play against lefties, as Joey Wendle has struggled with them.
    • Speaking of Wendle, he has been quite a pleasant surprise for the Rays this season. I am wondering whether he could become another Scooter Gennett?

Toronto Blue Jays

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Chicago White Sox

  • The White Sox made an outstanding signing on Wednesday, as they brought Carter Love in on an amateur deal. Love was an undrafted free agent. They also signed an infielder by the name of Jay Estes.
    • Carter Love was one of my favorite players in the draft this season, and I probably would have grabbed him with a pick ranging from the 11th-15th round. The reliever ranked among the leaders in ERA for the NCAA and could rise through the Sox minor league system rather quickly. He’s a guy who I am wholeheartedly endorsing.
  • Nate Jones was placed on the disabled list with a right pronator strain. Juan Minaya was recalled in his place.
  • The Sox also lost Chris Beck on waivers to the Mets and released T.J. House from Triple-A to make room for Spencer Adams on the Triple-A Charlotte roster.
  • Greg Infante was sent outright to Triple-A on Friday night after clearing waivers.

Cleveland Indians

  • Sports fans in Cleveland are probably pretty upset right now, as LeBron James seems likely to take his talents elsewhere this offseason (Trust the Process), but the Indians decided to create a silver lining by recalling top prospect Francisco Mejia from Triple-A. Evan Marshall was optioned to Triple-A to make room.
    • Mejia struggled a bit in his first taste of Triple-A action, but he is still just 22 years old, has an outstanding hit tool and brings the potential for 15 home runs a season. On top of that, he is an outstanding defender. I believe he and Eric Haase will be one of the best catching tandems in the league by 2020.
  • Carlos Carrasco and Tyler Olson both landed on the disabled list on Sunday, and were replaced by Evan Marshall and Shane Bieber.
    • Neither injury is considered to be very serious, as Carrasco is dealing with an elbow contusion and Olson strained his dorsi muscle.
  • The Melky Cabrera era in Cleveland is over after just under a month, as he hit .207/.242/.293 over 66 plate appearances. Brandon Guyer was activated from the disabled list to replace him. Tyler Naquin also re-joined the Tribe on Friday.
    • While I wouldn’t count out Cabrera for a return to the majors, he may need to wait until next offseason to get a spring training invitation.
  • Matt Belisle was released from Triple-A to make room for Shao-Ching Chiang.
    • Chiang is a sleeper prospect. He has always had success in the minor leagues, as has remained a starter. I would give him the ceiling of a four and the floor of a decent swing. He could break into the majors this season.
  • Former Indians set-up man Vinnie Pestano announced his retirement this week after pitching in Indy Ball for the past few years.

Detroit Tigers

  • The Tigers got some horrible news early this week, as Miguel Cabrera will be out for the remainder of the season with a ruptured left bicep tendon. Ronny Rodriguez was recalled to take his place on the active roster.
    • Miggy was in the midst of a solid bounce-back season in which he was hitting .299/.395/.448 with 22 walks and 27 strikeouts.
  • Taxi guy Zac Reininger was optioned to Triple-A on Monday, but will probably be back rather soon.
  • Jordan Zimmerman returned to replace Artie Lewicki on the active roster on Sunday.
  • Hunter Cervenka, signed out of the Atlantic League last week, was assigned to Class A Advanced Lakeland. He replaced righty Tom de Blok, who was sent to Class A. Neither guy seems to be any more than depth.

Kansas City Royals

  • Brandon Maurer is back in Kansas City replacing Jason Adam after having his contract selected. Don’t get your hopes up, though, as he had a 5.48 ERA over 23 innings in Triple-A. Quite frankly, I don’t see the incentive in calling him up when they have other younger guys in the minors who deserve shots.
  • The Royals continued shuffling the roster on Sunday, when Adalberto Mondesi, Wily Peralta and Rosell Herrera were all recalled to replace Ramon Torres, Scott Barlow and Jorge Soler,who landed on the disabled list with a fractured toe.
  • Justin Grimm was activated from the disabled list on Tuesday, and Trevor Oaks was optioned to the minors to make room.
    • I don’t get why they held onto Grimm. He was absolutely terrible for the Royals through the first few weeks of the season posting a 21.86 ERA over seven innings (ten games). I would much rather see the kids get reps in the bigs at this point, seeing as how they are not competing and Grimm probably isn’t an appealing trade chip.
  • The Royals also made an interesting signing out of the Mexican League in 21-year old righty Daniel Duarte on a minor league deal.
    • While he has posted rather pedestrian numbers in 2018 (4.26 ERA over 19 innings of relief), he was outstanding last season with a 1.96 ERA over 36.2 innings. I would expect that he is sent to Class A or Class A Advanced out of the gate, and assuming he remains on the same trajectory, he could be a bullpen option for the Royals by the end of 2019 or early 2020.
  • In a series of depth moves, Mike Broadway was released to make room for Sam Selman who was coming off of the disabled list and  third baseman Andy LaRoche was signed on a minor league deal. The veteran will provide Triple-A depth for the impending sell-off.

Minnesota Twins

  • The Twins had a busy week this week. The big news was Miguel Sano being optioned to High-A Fort Myers. The front office reported that it is really for him to get back into shape.
    • Sano took it like a champ though, which is not as common as you would expect from established major leaguers being sent to the minors. According to the Minnesota Star Tribune, Sano told reporters, “I’m not mad. I’m happy because I’m struggling. You know, this is an opportunity they gave me. I know they love me here and everything… Everybody here trying to help me. It’s a chance to go there and work, and I’ll come back soon.”
    • Half of it is a mental battle. Hopefully that attitude carries into his time in the minors and we get to see him back soon.
  • In other Twins news, they brought back Matt Belisle on a major-league deal, recalled Taylor Motter and activated Joe Mauer from the disabled list while optioning Jake Cave and designated Gregorio Petit to Triple-A.
    • Most of these moves are self-explanatory, but, I would much rather see Cave get at-bats than Robbie Grossman or Ryan LaMarre. I see Cave as a solid major league regular, who needs to get an opportunity.

Houston Astros

  • Reymin Guduan was placed on the paternity leave list and replaced with Tyler White.
  • The ‘Stros cut 22-year old first baseman Troy Sieber from Class A after he hit just .228/.326/.342 with 43 strikeouts in 149 at bats compared to two home runs.

Los Angeles Angels

  • Friday was a rough day in Anaheim. Nick Tropeano, Garrett Richards, Jim Johnson, and Zack Cozart were all placed on the disabled list and replaced with Akeel MorrisFelix Pena, Jake Jewell, and Eduardo Paredes.
    • None of the injuries seem serious, but it’s still bad timing.
  • The Angels lost Jefry Marte to a wrist sprain and recalled shortstop prospect David Fletcher to take his place on the active roster.
    • Prior to the season, Fletcher was considered a solid C+ prospect who looked like a utility infielder or second division starter, but he has been great thus far in 2018 slashing .350/.394/.559 with six home runs and seven stolen bases in Triple-A Salt Lake. Now, personally, I don’t anticipate this sticking, as he is doing it in the Pacific Coast League and has a very low isolated on base percentage (0.044).
    • While the BABIP is very high (.364), his contact has been up. Using .300 as a benchmark for league average BABIP, his batting line would be .286/.330/.495, which is still very serviceable (‘825 OPS), but factor in the regression that he would see going from the hitter friendly PCL to the majors and it gets a good bit worse. Typically when doing projections, I weigh the PCL as 80% of major league performance, therefore, using that benchmark with his neutralized line, we get a .229/.264/.396 line. Point being, I think we shouldn’t lose sight of pre-season projections.
  • Jaime Barria got his call-up to start on Tuesday, resulting in Eduardo Paredes being sent to Triple-A.
  • In a quick bench swap, the Angels recalled Jabari Blash to replace Michael Hermosillo.
    • Blash was acquired from the Yankees in DFA trade back in April. Now 27, he has always displayed great plate discipline and power, but the strikeouts and lack of defensive ability have hurt his stock.
  • On Saturday, John Lamb was recalled and Andrelton Simmons was activated from the disabled list displacing Nolan Fontana and Oliver Drake on the active roster.
    • It was definitely a surprise to see Simmons back so soon. Hopefully he is 100% and not trying to rush to get back, as that could hurt more than it would help.
  • The Angels brought in a pair of undrafted free agent shortstops in Michael Fuchs and Cole Taylor.
    • There’s not a ton of info on either guy just yet, but Fuchs was assigned to High-A.

Oakland Athletics

Seattle Mariners

  • In a bit of a roster shuffle, Mike Morin was designated for assignment and Dan Vogelbach was optioned to the minor leagues to make room for Robert Whalen and Nick Rumbelow.
  • The Mariners signed their 32nd round pick Zach Scott and assigned him directly to High-A. To accommodate the move, Evan White was promoted to Triple-A.
    • I expect Vogelbach to be traded by the time the Winter Meetings come along and White serving as the everyday first baseman. He is a plus defender with great plate discipline. The M’s would be foolish to trade him this summer for anything short of another long-term piece. I would be dangling Joe Rizzo first with Kyle Lewis and Sam Carlson serving as chips for the better trade chips.
      • Lewis has not been able to stay healthy, and honestly, while he could be a very good player, he carries a lot of risk. With Carlson, he’s very far away, and with young AZL pitchers, there’s so much that can happen between now and when he would be ready to go, and if you can get a solid win-now piece for him while the opportunity is there, take it. I’m not saying a rental for Carlson, I would certainly trade him over White in a deal for a guy like Rasiel Iglesias.
  • In a depth move, the M’s brought in righty Bryan Evans on a minor league contract. He was assigned to Triple-A Tacoma.

Texas Rangers

  • Friday was nuts for the Rangers. Chris Martin and Matt Bush were both placed on the disabled list, Robinson Chirinos was suspended, Yohander Mendez, Brandon Mann and Jose Trevino were recalled from Triple-A, Deck McGuire was claimed off of waivers and Chris Jensen was signed to a minor league deal.
    • There’s a lot to look at here, but everything is pretty self-explanatory. Martin and Bush both have elbow injuries and Mann and Mendez will replace them, and Chirinos was suspended for fighting Matt Kemp and will be replaced by Trevino. The other two are simply depth.
  • The craziness carried over into the weekend, as Robinson Chirinos was activated and Ryan Rua was recalled. Luckily for Jose Trevino, he remained on the roster while Carlos Perez was placed on the disabled list.
  • Yovani Gallardo then replaced Brandon Mann on the active roster, as the Rangers expect to be without Doug Fister for a rather extended period of time. Looks like he will not be traded at the deadline.
  • The Rangers cut 28-year old Double-A catcher David Lyons from Double-A. Lyons had not appeared in a game all season and carries a career .220/.316/.400 line. He latched on with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs of the Atlantic League almost immediately prompting the release of Ryan Wagner.

Atlanta Braves

  • Mike Soroka returned from the disabled list on Wednesday, and Luke Jackson was removed from the 40-man roster for the third time in 2018.
  • Julio Teheran was activated from the disabled list replacing Mike Foltynewicz who was placed on the disabled list with triceps tendinitis.
  • In a move that has become something of a trend with the Braves, Drew Harrington was released from Class A Rome and replaced with Daysbel Hernandez, who does not yet have an affiliated game under his belt.
    • Harrington was a third round pick in 2016, which makes this move a bit odd regardless of the struggles. Typically organizations give higher draft picks some time to work things out, especially if they sign overslot, as Harrington did ($900,000 bonus with a $788,800 slot). Harrington had ranked 29th on my mid-season update for the Braves, and now ranks 17th on my unaffiliated prospect rankings.

Miami Marlins

  • The Marlins did some shuffling on Friday, as Merandy Gonzalez was recalled from Triple-A and Brett Graves was activated from the 60-day disabled list, and Ben Meyer was optioned while Caleb Smith was placed on the 10-day disabled list to accommodate the moves.
  • The Fish made a pair of Indy Ball signings in lefty Marty Anderson and righty Jameson McGrane. Both guys were signed out of the Frontier League
    • Anderson was signed by the Mets as an undrafted free agent last year, but struggled to a 5.29 ERA, as another high-octane, no control type guy. He is now 25-years old and seems likely to serve as depth.
    • McGrane came out of nowhere. This is his first season playing professional baseball, at age 26, and he threw nine shutout innings of relief with the Frontier League with an astounding 19 strikeouts next to four walks. Based on his age, I don’t see much of a ceiling, but he could very well become a mainstay middle reliever. I don’t care what league you’re in, 19 strikeouts over nine innings is unheard of, and the fact that he did so walking just four guys (4.75 strikeouts per walk) and allowing no earned runs is amazing.

New York Mets

  • The Mets did some house cleaning on Monday, as Adrian Gonzalez and Jose Lobaton were shown the door in favor of Ty Kelly and Dominic Smith.
    • Gonzalez was signed for the league minimum this past winter, and hit a shaky .237/.299/.373 while hitting six home runs and driving in 24 runs. Based on the market for his position, he could very well be done, seeing as how Adam Lind can’t even get a major league job despite playing as well as anybody over the past two years.
    • Lobaton was redundant with Kevin Plawecki and Tomas Nido picking up most of the at bats, and he hasn’t hit a lick all season.
    • Regarding their replacements, Smith was a first round pick for the Mets back in 2013. Still just 23, the Mets are going to give him every chance to earn the job at first, but he has done nothing to suggest to me that he is a major leaguer. He is one of the worst defensive first basemen that I have ever watched, and while there is some pop in the bat, he strikes me as a 20 home run a year guy with a .220/.280/.400 batting line over 600 plate appearances in the majors.
    • Kelly is simply a versatile utility guy.
  • Jeurys Familia is back with the Mets and replaced Jacob Rhame on the active roster. He seems likely to step back into the closer role.
  • Chris Beck was claimed off of waivers by the Mets and Tim Peterson was sent down to make room.
    • Beck has a great slider and a very solid fastball, but I don’t have very high expectations seeing as how he’s an out-of-options 27-year old reliever with no control. I see him as depth for the time being.
  • The Mets added a ton of guys on minor leagues deals, as first baseman Joey Terdoslavich, second baseman Josh Allen, lefty Ian Krol and righty Zac Grotz are all in on minor league deals. The Mets also released righty Jeff Diehl.
    • Krol is a known commodity. He is a solid lefty reliever, who has pitched in the National League East for the majority of his career, and gives the Mets a serviceable option to eat innings in the bullpen. He has been solid this season in the Pacific Coast League for the Angels.
    • Terdoslavich, another former Brave, really never panned out as a prospect and bounced around on waivers a bit before settling in the Independent Leagues. He’s really just depth.
    • Grotz is one of the guys who I have followed heavily for years. The 25-year old reliever was drafted by the Astros in the 28th round of the 2015 draft. During his time in affiliated ball, he has posted a 2.03 earned run average over 40 innings pitched while striking out just 1.8 batters per nine innings. While his strikeout numbers were low (5.9 per nine innings), he fixed that issue in Indy ball, as the number climbed to 9.7, with the walk number remaining rather low at 2.9. Seeing as how he had been playing in the Atlantic League, I would imagine that he is assigned to Class A Advanced out of the gate.
    • Allen is another guy who has been on a short list of people who I really like in the indy leagues. The 27-year old has absolutely mashed in the independent leagues for years, and had never been given an opportunity in the major leagues. While he is a bit old, I think he could become a very decent player in the major leagues.
    • Diel was a 24-year old depth piece in Class A who had a career 5.79 ERA. He was drafted in 2011 as a first base/left field type, but didn’t have the power necessary for a first baseman, while striking out about a third of the time.

Philadelphia Phillies

  • After a bad beating from the Brewers on Saturday, the Phillies placed Luis Garcia on the disabled list and optioned Mark Leiter to Triple-A. Jake Thompson and Yacksel Rios were recalled.
  • The Phillies brought in righty Luis Cedeno on a minor league deal and assigned him to Class-A Advanced Clearwater.
    • Cedeno was cut by the Yanks despite a career 2.64 ERA over 320.1 career innings pitched. He will serve as some depth who has a major league ceiling. A career as a taxi guy or mainstay middle does not seem out of the cards. Furthermore, despite the fact that he’s 23, he still has some room to fill out, as he’s 5’11” and just 154 pounds. An increase in velocity could do wonders for him.

Washington Nationals

  • The second place Nationals got a much-needed boost when they activated Daniel Murphy from the disabled list. Adrian Sanchez was sent down to make room
  • Erick Fedde re-joined the Nationals on Wednesday and replaced Trevor Gott on the active roster. His second start of the season didn’t go very well, however, as he allowed four earned runs over five innings.

Chicago Cubs

  • The Cubs brought in Anthony Bass to replace Cory Mazzoni on the active roster.
    • Bass is a career 4.60 ERA pitcher, who had been carrying a 2.28 ERA pitching in high leverage relief situations for the Iowa Cubs. He’s about average in terms of “stuff” and control, and should work in mop-up situations for the Cubs.

Milwaukee Brewers

  • Jorge Lopez re-joined the Brewers to take the place of Matt Albers who was placed on the disabled list with what is being called a right shoulder injury. He was optioned later in the week to make room for Adrian Houser.
  • Eric Thames is back with the Brewers after missing about a month and a half with a thumb injury.
    • He seems likely to share time with Jesus Aguilar who has been fantastic in his own right. Brandon Woodruff was sent down to the minor leagues to make room.
  • Speaking of Eric Thames, check out his new beard style that he debuted this week. It is somewhat reminiscent of the Goose Gossage look.
  • The Brewers brought in Chad Whitmer from the Yankees in a deal that cost them a bit of international spending money. Whitmer was a low ceiling, high floor tenth round pick last season who profiles as a middle reliever or taxi guy. His stuff isn’t great, but he gets the job done.
  • They also sent Wendell Rijo to the Yankees to complete the Kratz deal.

Pittsburgh Pirates

  • Jung Ho-Kang was activated from the restricted list and optioned to Triple-A. It’s looking as though the Pirates will be selling this season, and Jordy Mercer could be a candidate to be traded, as his deal is expiring at the end of the year. He could be up following a deal.

St. Louis Cardinals

  • In a feel-good story, the Cardinals recalled Daniel Poncedeleon from Triple-A on Monday to replace Luke Voit. He was sent down a few days before getting into a game.
    • Poncedeleon was hit in the head with a line drive and was forced to undergo brain surgery 13 months ago, and came back to post 59.2 innings of 2.41 ERA ball with 71 strikeouts and 35 walks in the Pacific Coast League.
  • Friday saw a lot of movement on the Cardinals roster, as Matt Bowman was activated from the disabled list and Luke Voit was recalled from Triple-A, while Jose Martinez was placed on the paternity leave list. Tommy Layne was also brought in on a minor league deal and will serve as left-handed relief depth in Triple-A.

Arizona Diamondbacks

  • In a rather simple roster fringe swap, Braden Shipley was recalled to replace Christian Walker on Monday to give the Snakes an extra arm. Shipley lasted a few days until Jeff Mathis returned from Paternity Leave.
  • Jorge De La Rosa returned from the disabled list on Thursday replacing Silvino Bracho. He will continue to work in middle and long relief.

Colorado Rockies

Los Angeles Dodgers

  • The Dodgers injury woes continued this week, as Walker Buehler was placed on the disabled list with a micro-fracture in his rib. Caleb Ferguson replaced him on the active roster and found a bit more success in his second major league start allowing a pair of runs over four innings.
  • Pedro Baez was also placed on the disabled list and replaced with Kyle Farmer.
  • Luckily, Kenta Maeda was activated on Wednesday and replaced Daniel Corcino.
  • To add some organizational depth, the Dodgers signed Drew Hutchison on a minor league deal, about a week after he was released from the Phillies. He was assigned to Triple-A to serve as swing depth.

San Diego Padres

  • It was a quiet week in San Diego, as they prepare to sell off rental pieces such as Tyson Ross. They will be a team to monitor over the next six weeks.

San Francisco Giants

  • Brandon Belt re-joined the Giants on Saturday replacing Pierce Johnson on the active roster. He will give the Giants a rather large boost.
  • Jose Valdez re-joined the Giants on a minor league deal this week and will head to Triple-A Sacramento.
  • The Giants cut ties with first base prospect Frandy De La Rosa to make room for Heath Quinn on the Class A Advanced roster.
    • De La Rosa was initially acquired by the Rangers in the Clayton Blackburn deal a year or so ago. He hit just .227/.289/.370 with six home runs this season and profiles as a depth piece long-term. While he’s a switch hitter, he is limited defensively and doesn’t have the prototypical bat for first base.
    • As for Quinn, he’s certainly a rising stock prospect. The 23-year old was drafted in the third round in 2016 and has hit an impressive .333/.382/.492. He missed about a month to injury, but picked up right where he left off going 6-12 over his first three games back.

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