Ben Paulsen 1B COL 10 hours ago
Paulsen (calf) struck out as a pinch hitter in Sunday's loss to Boston. He's been told he won't make the final 25-man roster, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Paulsen missed some time after being kicked in the calf in a spring training game last week, but looks fine for the regular season. Paulsen hit just .217/.258/.304 for the Rockies last season. He spent most of his time at Triple-A Albuquerque where he hit .278 with a .765 OPS. He may spend most of his season at Triple-A again this year and provide depth.
Will Harris RP HOU 10 hours ago
Harris struck out all three batters faced in Sunday's game against the Nationals.
Harris has pitched two consecutive perfect innings, striking out five of six batters faced. As one of three Houston relievers to post double-digit saves in 2016, he's shown the ability to close out games. The first choice to save games in 2017 will be the same guy who finished in the closer's role last season, Ken Giles. Harris and Luke Gregerson, who saved three games for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic, will be available as fill-ins for Giles, who has blown 25 percent of his save opportunities the last two seasons.
Dillon Overton SP SEA 10 hours ago
Overton (1-1) gave up an earned run on four hits over six innings in Saturday's 3-1 Cactus League win over the Rangers. He struck out three.
Overton produced his second straight strong start and did so against a Rangers lineup that included regulars Juricskon Profar, Shin-Soo Choo, Roughned Odor and Nomar Mazara. Although he's still expected to start the season in Triple-A Tacoma, the 25-year-old southpaw's performance this spring, which includes a 2.65 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 13:0 K:BB over 17 innings across six appearances (two starts), certainly lays the foundation for a potential call-up during the regular season.
Kyle Gibson SP MIN 11 hours ago
Gibson threw six scoreless innings with four strikeouts in Sunday's loss to Boston to lower his spring training ERA to 1.59. Gibson will make a minor league spring start Friday and then start Minnesota's third game of the regular season on April 6, MLB.com reports.
Gibson altered his delivery in the offseason to help reduce shoulder pain and the new mechanics could point toward a bounceback season after a disappointing 5.07 ERA last year. He has just a 6.1 K/9 this spring, however, as he'll likely need to improve his strikeout rate to make a significant leap this year.
OUTCharles Tilson CF CWS 11 hours ago
Tilson (foot) is expected to need at least a month to ramp up baseball activity after he's able to shed a walking boot, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports.
The White Sox announced Sunday that Tilson would need to remain in a walking boot for another three weeks at least. Given that he didn't get in any spring training work, when he sheds the boot in mid-April, Tilson will be starting from scratch.
Blake Snell SP TB 11 hours ago
Snell (2-2), who struck out three but gave up four earned runs on six hits and one walk over 4.2 innings in Saturday's loss to the Red Sox, threw his fastball with more conviction, Marc Topkin of The Tampa Bay Times reports.
Although Snell exhibited better control in terms of issuing only one free pass, he still threw 92 pitches and allowed a three-run home run to Pablo Sandoval. On the positive side, the young lefty did appear to have more confidence while deploying his fastball and also used his slider effectively. Snell noticed the difference in his approach while still acknowledging he has plenty of room for improvement. "I was happy with the way I attacked the zone,'' Snell said. "I felt like I took a stride, I felt like I was more into it, more believing in what I have, more aggressive. Definitely taking that positive, knowing there's a bunch I still need to work on.''
Kendall Graveman SP OAK 11 hours ago
Graveman, who notched his second victory of spring against the White Sox on Friday by striking out seven over seven innings of five-hit, one-run ball, has been working on refining his cutter, Joe Stiglich of CSN Bay Area reports.
Oakland's Opening Day starter has looked up to the task this spring, as he now has a 2.29 ERA and sparkling 0.81 WHIP over 19.7 innings across five starts. Graveman has shown excellent control, as evidenced by a 16:3 K:BB, and a large part of that has been due to his trademark sinker hitting on all cylinders thus far. The 26-year-old has been focusing on getting his cutter up to the same level and was able to deploy it effectively on multiple occasions against a White Sox lineup that included Tim Anderson, Avisail Garcia and the hot-hitting Tyler Saladino.
Geovany Soto C LAA 11 hours ago
Soto went 1-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a run scored in Sunday's game against San Francisco.
Soto will share the White Sox's catching duties with Omar Narvaez, most likely as the number two backstop. Looking at the catching patterns during spring training, we can probably Soto being a personal catcher to a couple of starters. This spring, he caught most of James Sheilds' and Derek Holland's Grapefruit League starts.
Avisail Garcia LF/RF/DH CWS 11 hours ago
Garcia started in right field and went 1-for-3 in Sunday's game against the Giants.
Garcia has cooled off some after a hot start to spring training, going 0-for-15 before hitting safely in the last two games. Despite the downturn, Garcia is expected to open the regular season as the White Sox's primary right fielder.
Michael Wacha SP STL 11 hours ago
Wacha, who allowed just two hits and a walk over five scoreless innings while striking out three in a victory over the Nationals on Friday, is now 3-0 with a 2.05 ERA over six spring appearances.
Wacha looks like he's all the way back to his 2015 form, when he notched a career-high 17 victories and posted a solid 3.38 ERA. He's posted a sparkling 18:5 K:BB over 22 innings in spring training and has been able to mix his pitches effectively virtually every time he's been on the mound, an encouraging development after a 2016 season in which shoulder woes and general ineffectiveness led to a 7-7 record and a career-worst 5.09 ERA and 1.48 WHIP.