Joseph Ross RP WAS moments ago
Ross has a 3.05 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 47 strikeouts in 44.1 innings at Double-A Harrisburg.
The 22-year-old righty continues to face little resistance from hitters in the Eastern League. Prior to his last outing he had posted four straight starts of six-plus innings while allowing one run or less. He may not miss enough bats in the majors to be considered a No. 2 starter, but Ross has the stuff and the command to be a solid No. 3 starter for the Nationals in the not-so-distant future.
Ian Thomas RP ATL 6 minutes ago
Thomas was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Wednesday, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Thomas, whom the Dodgers acquired in a six-player deal with Atlanta, is not part of the club's immediate major-league plans. However, the lefty has been very good in the minors this season with zero earned runs allowed and a 20:1 K:BB between Double-A and Triple-A, and it's possible he could be up to fill a specialist role before the end of the first half.
Eric Stults SP ATL 10 minutes ago
Stults was designated for assignment by the Dodgers on Wednesday, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Stults was included in the six-player trade that sent Alberto Callaspo to Los Angeles and Juan Uribe to Atlanta, but it looks like Stults will merely serve as organizational depth with his new club. The veteran lefty was clobbered to the tune of a 5.85 ERA in 47.2 innings with the Braves this season.
Monte Harrison CF MIL 12 minutes ago
Harrison, 19, is slashing .161/.273/.539 over 143 plate appearances with Low-A Wisconsin.
A second-round draft choice by the Brewers last summer out of high school, Harrison has experienced tremendous contact issues (43.4 K%) at Low-A Wisconsin, but his youth relative to level excuses some of his struggles. Despite being years away from making an impact with the big club, Harrison remains one of the Brewers' most intriguing prospects due to his considerable speed, which allowed him to steal 32 bases in 34 attempts in just 50 games of rookie ball last season.
Josh Bell RF PIT 12 minutes ago
Bell is slashing .344/.414/.469 with one home run and four steals in 187 plate appearances with Double-A Altoona.
It is a bit worrisome that the Pirates' first baseman of the future has just one home run in 41 games so far this season, but the overall offensive profile is still extremely positive. He has more walks (21) than strikeouts (15) and his BABIP (.365) leads one to believe that Bell is at least a true-talent .300 hitter in the Eastern League. The ballpark in Altoona is in the bottom 25th percentile in the minors in terms of home runs, so that may help explain Bell's lack of power to this point. There are few hitters in the minors who can match the 22-year-old's approach and hit tool, so even if he only hits 10-20 homers per year in the majors Bell still profiles as a strong fantasy option.
Sergio Santos RP LAD 14 minutes ago
Santos was designated for assignment by the Dodgers on Wednesday.
The Dodgers needed to create a spot on the 40-man roster with their six-player trade with Atlanta getting approved, and Santos was the casualty. While Santos did fan 15 in his 13.1 innings with Los Angeles this season, he also walked seven and served almost exclusively in mop-up duty.
Chris Heisey OF LAD 19 minutes ago
Heisey was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Wednesday.
Heisey will be up for his third stint with the major league club this season with right-hander Sergio Santos designated for assignment. The 30-year-old Heisey has hit 10 home runs in 28 games with Oklahoma City so far this season, but he made a combined 10 plate appearances in his first two stints with Los Angeles and his opportunities figure to be limited again this time around given the Dodgers' outfield depth.
Rick Porcello SP BOS 20 minutes ago
Porcello (4-4) gave up six runs on seven hits and a pair of walks in seven innings during Wednesday's loss in Minnesota. He struck outjust two.
The 26-year-old continues to make last season's improved ERA look like an outlier, as he's struggled mightily this year, including giving up 13 runs in his last two starts. Porcello's been particularly prone to the long ball this year, as Wednesday's two were his 10th and 11th; he hasn't allowed more than 18 in a campaign since his rookie year in 2009.
Scott Kazmir SP OAK 28 minutes ago
Kazmir left his start after only three innings on Wednesday, but there has been no reason given as of yet.
Kazmit has had an excellent start to the season with an ERA under 3.00, but an injury here would obviously be a big setback to his campaign.
Mark Reynolds 1B/3B STL 36 minutes ago
Reynolds will start at first base and bat seventh Wednesday against the Diamondbacks.
With Matt Adams hitting the 15-day DL with a right quadriceps strain, Reynolds is in line to see regular time at first base for St. Louis. Reynolds is batting .226 against right-handed pitching in small sample this year (7-for-31), but that's right near his career mark (.230), and though he only three home runs in 96 at-bats, there's reason to think he'll be a decent source of power for those in deep mixed and NL-only formats in the weeks ahead.