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Josh Naylor Cleveland Indians

Josh Naylor (OF) CLE - Jun. 21
https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=786778

Naylor went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in Monday's 4-0 win over the Cubs.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Naylor's home run in the fifth inning was his sixth of the season and first of June. Entering Monday's game, the 24-year-old had just four extra-base hits and a .587 OPS in 15 games this month. He's slashing .255/.302/.395 through 235 plate appearances this season.

Alex Patton Alex
Yu Darvish San Diego Padres

Yu Darvish (P) SD - Jun. 21
https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=786796

Darvish (7-2) beat the Dodgers 6-2 Monday, allowing one run on two hits and a walk with 11 strikeouts across six innings.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Facing his former team, Darvish dazzled by recording nearly four times as many strikeouts as baserunners allowed. His lone mistake was a first-pitch sinker in the third that Mookie Betts launched over the center field fence. The 34-year-old righty now has eight starts of at least six innings pitched and one or zero runs allowed.

Alex Patton Alex
Luke Williams Philadelphia Phillies

Luke Williams up from the depths.

Alex Patton Alex
Dylan Bundy Los Angeles Angels

Cut bait on him this week.  He might be the only one in baseball who misses Mickey Callaway.

John Thomas Roll2
Matt Vierling Philadelphia Phillies

Matt Vierling up from the depths.

Alex Patton Alex
Byron Buxton Minnesota Twins

Only a masochist would post this video (Peter and I are among the mourners)...

https://www.mlb.com/gameday/reds-vs-twins/2021/06/21/633588#,game_tab=videos,game_state=final,game=633588

... but Mahle has no reason to apologize. The pitch does exactly what it's supposed to, runs up and in an inch or or two. The batter is supposed to pull his hands in and duck away, and think again about diving over the plate.

Alex Patton Alex

And possibly a victim of the "get tough" policy on substances.

Kent Ostby Seadogs
Odubel Herrera Philadelphia Phillies

Matt Vierling started in CF on Sunday for PHI.  Needs a page?  He had good MiLB stats so far this year.  For that matter, Luke Williams (started at SS over the weekend) could use a page as well; the Phillies are testing some young'uns out.

Doron Scharf jerome
Byron Buxton Minnesota Twins

Not every devastating injury should win the designation for "injury prone" or feed the idea that "good health is a skill." In this one, Buxton waived off the trainers, stayed in the game for two innings and was only taken out when he visibly winced catching a fly ball. All I can think about Buxton is that sadly he is the Pete Reiser of the 21st century.

Walter Shapiro WShapiro
Ronald Acuna Atlanta Braves

Can't make contact against deGrom in the first game, homers in the fifth for the only run by either side in Game 2. Also doubles. The rest of the Braves get two singles.

Easily the second best player on the field.

Alex Patton Alex
LaMonte Wade San Francisco Giants

Waitasecond.....you can't demote your leadoff hitter to AAA!  What the....

Mike Landau ML-
Byron Buxton Minnesota Twins

Cursed.  Back two games and then hit by a pitch in the hand.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Bobby Witt Jr. Kansas City Royals
Sizzling at Double-A
June 21, 2021
Witt went 2-for-4 with a walk, RBI, run and two stolen bases Sunday in Double-A Northwest Arkansas' 8-2 win over San Antonio.
ANALYSIS
Witt's muted start to the season at Northwest Arkansas looks to be a distant memory at this point. After supplying his fifth consecutive multi-hit effort Sunday, Witt is holding down a .343/.405/.672 slash line in June, which has elevated his season-long OPS to a robust .913. The Royals have yet to tip their hand when Witt might be in line for a promotion to Triple-A Omaha, or perhaps directly to the big club.
Alex Patton Alex
Adalberto Mondesi Kansas City Royals

Rotowire just now:

IL move official
June 21, 2021
The Royals placed Mondesi on the 10-day injured list Monday with a strained left oblique.
ANALYSIS
Though Mondesi isn't dealing with an aggravation of the strained right oblique that sidelined him for nearly two months to begin the season, he'll still be forced to the IL for the third time in 2021 while tending to an injury to his other side. General manager Dayton Moore was unwilling to provide a timeline on Mondesi's return when he met with the media earlier Monday, so the 25-year-old looks like he could be at major risk of spending longer than the minimum amount of time on the shelf. While Mondesi is sidelined again, the Royals are expected to turn to Nicky Lopez to pick up most of the work at shortstop.
Alex Patton Alex

In the ADL this AM...

The player pickings were slim but that didn't prevent exciting bidding wars for Toro, Toro, Toro and Rengifo. 
  
Fine Tooners: rel ACastro Tor, pur TDuffey Min 25 (Losing Bid: BBs $2)
Veecks: res DGuerra Oak, pur DRasmussen TB 20 (Losing Bid: None)
Jerry's Kids: rel JSprings TB, pur TChatwood Tor 30 (Losing Bids: Tooners $20 and Moose $7)
Bad Kreuznachs: res JSheffield Sea, pur AClaudio LAA 2 (Losing Bid: None)
Peppermartins: res LFarrell Min, pur SHentges Cle 8 (Losing Bid: Nabobs $3)
Peppermartins: res AColome Min, pur TSaucedo Tor 7 (Losing Bid: None)
Nova: dis JDunn Sea, pur BMartin Tex 0
Nova: res JRuiz CWS, pur TStephan Cle 0
BB Guns: res GCelestino Min, pur LRengifo LAA 67 (Losing Bids: Peppers $59, Jerry's Kids $35)
BB Guns: rel WDavis KC, pur JSuarez LAA 1 (Losing Bid: None)
Stolen Bags: res EClement Cle, pur AToro Hou 161 (Peppers: $159!!!, Bad K $53, Nabobs $44 and Moose $11)
Stolen Bags: res KFunkhouser Det, pur TEshelman Bal 11 (Losing Bid: None)
Moose Factory: res RAdams Tor, pur LTorrens Sea 19 (Losing Bid: Nabobs $17)
Moose Factory: res JChargois Sea, pur BTaylor Hou 0
Nattering Nabobs: res WAstudillo Min, pur RMcGuire Tor 15 (Losing Bid: None)
Nattering Nabobs: dis SPiscotty Oak, pur CChang Cle 11 (Losing Bid: None)
Bad Kreuznachs: res JLyles Tex, pur TWells Bal 0
Peppermartins: res MBrosseau TB, pur SEspinal Tor 47 (Losing Bid: Bad K $21)
Alex Patton Alex
Ha-seong Kim San Diego Padres

Over the last 3 weeks - a .320/.393/.480 line.  Although still striking out 1/3 of the time, and not getting a lot of chances to run.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Erick Fedde Washington Nationals

Back from Covid, and continuing to improve.  If you take away his first ugly appearance of the season - he's now at a 2.54 ERA.  If you take away both outings against the Braves this year - ERA is down to 1.83.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Kyle Schwarber Washington Nationals

My question is - does he make it much past the AS break as a National?

The Nats have an 11 mil mutual option for Schwarber - and if he continues with this kind of season he's going to want a lot more money than that to stay.

OTOH  - nobody is taking over the NL East - and if Scherzer is healthy they could well be in 1st by late July. 

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Nick Ramirez San Diego Padres

If you search for Nick Ramirez here, you get 2 entries ... here's why :-)

This is from a report on his last AAA appearance last week, prior to being recalled by Padres yesterday ...

LHP Nick Ramirez entered in the middle innings and allowed just one hit and a walk in three innings. Ramirez, 31, has had four separate stints in the big leagues this season in part for his ability to work multiple innings out of the bullpen. In 19 innings with El Paso, Ramirez has a sparkling 0.92 ERA with 20 strikeouts and just four walks. Ramirez was converted to a pitcher in 2017 while a member of the Brewers’ organization. He has 96 career minor league home runs.

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Kyle Schwarber Washington Nationals

And he's hot . . . looking like a 2018/2019 type of season.

Kent Ostby Seadogs

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