Clint FrazierCF CLE 2 hours ago
Frazier, 21, is batting .305/.396/.498 with eight home runs, 36 RBI and nine steals through 62 games for Double-A Akron.
Frazier is not quite as toolsy as teammate Bradley Zimmer, but Frazier is also three years younger and has shown more of an ability to hit for average. In addition, Frazier still has double-digit potential in both home runs and stolen bases. There is still room to grow for Frazier, though he is already among the more intriguing outfield prospects in baseball.
Will VenableOF/DH LAD 2 hours ago
Venable was designated for assignment by the Dodgers on Friday.
His tenure with the Dodgers lasted less than two weeks, with Venable totaling 10 at-bats over the course of six games. Venable was a 20-20 player just three years ago, and while the skills have diminished as he approaches his mid-30s, he should still have some suitors on the open market assuming he elects free agency.
60DA.J. PollockCF ARI 2 hours ago
Diamondbacks president Derrick Hall said he thinks Pollock could return this season, Brendan Kennealy of arizonasports.com reports.
Speaking on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Thursday, Hall said Pollock is "doing great" and could be "back sooner than we thought or hoped." Pollock himself has said he'd like to resume baseball activities by July 1. If he does, there's a decent chance we see him in a big league uniform fairly soon. Pollock is a guy worth stashing on your DL.
Bradley ZimmerCF CLE 2 hours ago
Zimmer, 24, is hitting .333 with one home run, two RBI and seven steals over his last 10 games for Double-A Akron.
Zimmer's average is still low and he strikes out too much. That being said, he has 10 home runs, 27 stolen bases and a .371 OBP in 66 games at this level. This combination of power, speed and the ability to get on base makes him an intriguing prospect.
Jacob StallingsC PIT 2 hours ago
Stallings was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
Stallings was brought up by the Pirates on Sunday and went 1-for-8 at the plate with a double during his time with the club. Prior to being called up, he had been hitting .199/.242/.340 with four home runs and 21 RBI for Indianapolis this year.
Jorge RondonRP PIT 2 hours ago
Rondon was designated for assignment Friday, Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Juan Nicasio's return from the restricted list meant that the Pirates needed clear a spot in the bullpen, and Rondon was the casualty Friday. Rondon appeared in two games during his brief stint with the big league club, allowing one run over two innings against the Cubs before having a six-run meltdown against the Giants two days later. He'll now be placed on waivers and could rejoin the organization if he goes unclaimed.
Brendan RodgersSS COL 2 hours ago
Rodgers, 19, is batting .385 with two home runs over his last 10 games for Low-A Asheville.
This recent surge brings Rodgers' slash line up to .300/.360/.502. He has 10 home runs and 38 RBI in 55 games. A promotion to High-A could be in short order, though Rodgers likely won't see the big leagues before 2018 at the earliest.
Cole Figueroa2B/DH PIT 2 hours ago
Figueroa has been designated for assignment by the Pirates Friday, Stephen Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
The 28-year-old has been struggling of late in Triple-A Indianapolis. His batting average has fallen from .372 to .307 over the past 10 games. Figueroa, a career .291 hitter in the minors, has a good knack for getting on base while limiting strikeouts. However, he doesn't bring much to the table for power or speed.
DTDMiguel MonteroC CHC 2 hours ago
Montero (knee) is out of the lineup for Friday's game with Miami.
Montero has been day-to-day with a knee injury he suffered in a game on Wednesday and will sit for a second straight game. Rookie catcher Willson Contreras has been seeing the bulk of the work behind the plate since his call up and manager Joe Maddon indicated that will likely continue. Given Montero's injury and decreased playing time, his fantasy value has fallen recently.
Adam Frazier2B PIT 2 hours ago
Frazier was called up by the Pirates on Friday, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
Frazier had been hitting .333/.401/.425 with 17 stolen bases for Triple-A Indianapolis this season while moving around defensively, earning time in the outfield and the infield. At the time of his promotion, Frazier was leading the league in batting average and hits (87) along with 22 RBI this year. The 24-year-old has yet to play in a major league game, and will make his debut in the near future.