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Brusdar Graterol Los Angeles Dodgers

Triple digits? In the majors hitters can deal with it.

From the Baseball America prospect rundown...

Los Angeles Dodgers

Brusdar Graterol hit 100 mph once again, but gave up two runs on two hits in in just two-thirds of an inning before getting taken out in the team’s loss to the Padres. The Dodgers No. 3 prospect has appeared in six games, striking out five batters in five innings while allowing three runs on five hits.

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Josh Staumont Kansas City Royals

Anyone could have claimed him for free yesterday in the ADL. Problem was, we are continuing our stats right through the postseason and optimists that we were, we still thought there was going to be one.

From BA's daily prospect report...

Kansas City Royals

—Royals No. 25 prospect Josh Staumont continued to impress out of the bullpen in the team’s loss to the Cubs, striking out the side in the eighth inning while sitting 98-99 mph and touching 100 mph on his fastball and showing great movement on his curveball. Staumont has already appeared in five games, striking out nine batters and allowing one run in five innings of work.

<video of great movement on his curveball, audio of the announcer's reaction>

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Brandon Nimmo New York Mets

How hard is it for the players to play?

From the New York Post today.

Nimmo said he found out during Sunday’s game about Cespedes’ departure from teammate Michael Conforto.

“I knew [Cespedes] wasn’t in the lineup, but realized that he also wasn’t around,” Nimmo said. “I just asked Mike, ‘Is Ces gone?’ He said, ‘Yup,’ and that was the end of the conversation. I wasn’t worried about [Cespedes’] health, because I knew this was a possibility that people could just walk away, so I was pretty sure he was taken care of.”

Nimmo said he had heard rumors Cespedes might opt out.

“But other than that I wasn’t extremely surprised mid-game when I asked Mike, but I was like, ‘We have got a game to focus on so we just might as well try to win this one.’ ”

https://nypost.com/2020/08/03/mets-brandon-nimmo-reveals-new-version-of-yoenis-cespedes-exit/

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David Peterson New York Mets

I've deleted the old guy's stats. We should get the young guy's MLB stats tomorrow.

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Now they seem to be merged.

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Another David Peterson.

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I hope this isn't the David Peterson the Mets are bringing up.

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Jerad Eickhoff San Diego Padres

Updated MLB spring training sites, workout facilities for 2020 season ... Padres alternate training site is at USD = University of San Diego (which is where Kris Bryant went to college).

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Aristides Aquino Cincinnati Reds

I think this does count as an "option" ... the "alternate training site" is equiv to the minor leagues ... at least that's how the chatter at madfriars.com makes it sound (ex. "oh, we can't send XYZ down because he's out of options and will be claimed by another team")

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David Peterson New York Mets

We need the new Mets David Peterson up from the depths.


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David Fletcher Los Angeles Angels

What you like to see in a leadoff hitter: decent SA and even better OBP.

Not happy about the change I made in AP4.

David Fletcher (2B) ANA - Aug. 03

https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=747003

Fletcher went 1-for-5 with a walk, stolen base and run scored in Sunday's 11-inning loss to Houston.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Fletcher finished the three-game series against Houston with four hits and four walks in 15 plate appearances. That kind of production has been par for the course for Fletcher so far in 2020 -- he has hit safely in all but two contests and carries a .368/.458/.447 slash line through 10 games. He also has two stolen bases after swiping eight bags in 154 contests last season. 

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Gerrit Cole New York Yankees

A worthy first pick in the first-ever ADL draft.

But I doubt he would have been the priciest player had we auctioned. I'm not sure why.

Gerrit Cole (P) NY-A - Aug. 03

https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=747126

Cole (3-0) gave up one earned run on five hits and one walk while striking out four in six innings Monday against the Phillies. He picked up the win.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: There was a lengthy rain delay after Cole had finished six innings, and he did not get sent out for the seventh. He threw 91 pitches and 58 for strikes. Cole didn't have his best command in this one, but he was still in control throughout. His next start will come this weekend against the Rays.

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Aristides Aquino Cincinnati Reds

I'm guessing this doesn't count as one of his options.

Aristides Aquino (OF) CIN - Aug. 03

https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=747036

Aquino was optioned to the Reds' alternate training site Monday, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Aquino was on the 30-man roster over the past week while the Reds dealt with several absences from their lineup, but he'll head back to develop at the alternate training site. The 26-year-old appeared in five games during his most recent stint in the big leagues, going 2-for-8 with a double, two RBI and a stolen base. He should be one of the Reds' top options to call up if they're in need of assistance again this year. 

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Eddy Alvarez Miami Marlins

Eddy Alvarez (SS) MIA - Aug. 03

https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=747104

Alvarez will join the Marlins' 30-man roster ahead of Tuesday's game against the Orioles, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Alvarez made a strong case to make the major-league roster for Opening Day, but he instead started the year at the team's alternate training site. He'll be an option at shortstop for the Marlins while Miguel Rojas (illness) recovers from COVID-19. The 30-year-old hasn't appeared in the majors yet but hit .324/.408/.559 with 12 home runs and 12 stolen bases in the minors last season. 

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Jerad Eickhoff San Diego Padres

Optioned to the alternate training site by the Padres.

Where is that for this team? Do the players have intramural games? Do they live in the same hotel?

Can you blame them if they hope there are some openings?

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Abraham Almonte San Diego Padres

Abraham Almonte (OF) SD - Aug. 03

https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=747089

Almonte was recalled by the Padres on Monday, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Almonte was a part of the 60-man player pool at the end of summer camp as a non-roster invitee, and he'll now join the major-league club after working at the alternate training site to begin the season. He should serve as outfield depth during his time with the Padres. Right-hander Jerad Eickhoff was optioned to the alternate training site in a corresponding move. 

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Jo Adell Los Angeles Angels

Perfect for me. I'm last in batting average by 40 points. But will $87 be enough?

Jo Adell (OF) ANA - Aug. 03

https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=747060

Adell was called up by the Angels on Monday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Adell is one of the top prospects in baseball, though there's no guarantee that he's destined for immediate success at the highest level. He cruised to a .308/.390/.553 slash line in 43 games for Double-A Mobile last season but struggled to a .264/.321/.355 line in 27 games upon promotion to Triple-A Salt Lake. Power is his carrying tool, and he has a decent amount of speed as well, but he struck out at a 32.6 percent clip in his brief Triple-A stint, and those swing-and-miss issues could certainly follow him to the majors. 

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Mike Soroka Atlanta Braves

Horrible. He was pitching so well. To what end?

I'm thinking the season gets called off in the next few days.

The players have been heroic.

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Kirby Yates San Diego Padres

Anyone can pitch the ninth. Really?

Yates, sporting his 15.43 ERA and 3.86 WHIP, gives up a homer to Bellinger on his second pitch in the ninth, bringing the score to 5-4.

Strikes out Pollock on three pitches.

Strikes out Seager on four pitches.

Throws ball one and ball two to Chris Taylor, then strikes him out.

After 11 games -- more than a sixth of the season -- both teams are 7-4.

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