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Royals Rumblings - News for June 6, 2023

William Purnell-USA TODAY Sports What’s up with the Royals’ defense? Vahe Gregorian writes that Brady Singer took a step forward on Sunday. It also means that the 26-year-old the Royals selected 18th overall in the 2018 draft had fresh reinforcement of what made him seem to find himself last year: how having command enables him to attack and unleash knee-buckling movement with his sinker (50 pitches Sunday) and slider (42) and judicious use of his changeup (three). “That was something I was doing last year that helped me through a lot of games,” he said. The...


Orioles promoting Heston Kjerstad from Bowie to Norfolk

The Orioles are promoting Heston Kjerstad, their 2020 first-round draft choice from Double-A Bowie to Triple-A Norfolk, an industry source confirmed. The news was first reported by MASNsports.com. Kjerstad was hitting .310 for Bowie with 11 home runs and 23 RBIs and a .960 OPS. The 24-year-old Kjerstad didn’t make his professional debut until June […]

Baltimore Sun

Orioles promoting Heston Kjerstad, former No. 2 overall pick, to Triple-A Norfolk

The Orioles are promoting Heston Kjerstad, the second overall pick in the 2020 draft, from Double-A Bowie to Triple-A Norfolk after the 24-year-old hit .310 with a .959 OPS for the Baysox.

Amazin Avenue

From Complex To Queens, Episode 225: May report card

The crew looks back at the second month of MiLB baseball in 2023. Welcome to From Complex to Queens, Home Run Applesauce’s podcast focusing on the Mets’ minor league system. In honor of Elvis’ shocking performance on The Milton Berle Show on this date back in 1956, Steve, Lukas, Ken, and Thomas discuss unconventional batting stances in Promote, Extend, Trade. Following that, they review their Way-Too-Early-Draft follows. After, they discuss how the Mets minor league affiliates did this week. Finally, the guys take a look at the 2023 Top 25 Mets Prospect list and give...

New York Post

Today’s Iconic Moment in NY Sports History: Mets select Darryl Strawberry first overall in the MLB Draft

June 3rd, 1980: The Mets draft Darryl Strawberry first overall. Over his first year he hit 26 home runs and drove in 74. He was named National League rookie of the year for the 1983 season and helped lead the Mets to a World Series title in 1986.

Bleed Cubbie Blue

2023 Cubs player profiles: Michael Rucker

Photo by Matt Dirksen/ Twenty-seventh in a series. Rucker has had his ups and downs but has mostly stayed in the major-league bullpen. Michael Patrick Rucker was drafted by the Cubs in the 11th round of the 2016 Major-League Draft. The odds of him making the major-league team from that spot are long, but Rucker put in his time in the minor-league system, surfacing first with a forgettable 2021 stint where he pitched 28⅓ innings and ended up with a 6.99 ERA. Still he was effective enough in spots to get a spot in the 2022 bullpen, where he was much more effective,...

Pinstripe Alley

1998 Yankees Diary: Remembering the ‘98 draft

Drew Henson | SetNumber: X69157 TK1 It was a year for the ages in the Bronx, but the 1998 draft will be remembered for what could have been. Twenty-five years ago today, everything was coming up roses for the Yankees organization. They had a budding juggernaut in the major leagues that would win its 39th game against 13 losses that night. They had legitimate prospects like outfielder Ricky Ledee, third baseman Mike Lowell, and first baseman Nick Johnson pushing toward the big leagues (and their top pick from 1996, Eric Milton, had helped them net Chuck Knoblauch). Their...

The Crawfish Boxes

Astros Crawfish Boil: June 2, 2023

Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports Welcome to the weekend Boil! Welcome to the end-of-week Crawfish Boil! Houston Astros News Here’s how the Astros can reap the benefits from latest pitching shakeup (Houston.sportsmap.com) Should Umpire Who Got In Jeremy Peña’s Face Over Bad Call Be Disciplined, Fined? (si.com) Angels manager Nevin ejected in 6th against Astros after yelling at home plate umpire (houstonchronicle.com) Astros Linked to Standout Infielder in Latest Mock Draft (si.com) Rockets’ Ime Udoka tosses first pitch at Astros game, says he’s solidifying his...

Lookout Landing

2023 MLB Draft Preview: High School Shortstops

Speedy Sammy Stafura | Eugene Rapay/The Journal News / USA TODAY NETWORK Welcome back to this week’s edition of 2023 MLB draft profiles for your Seattle Mariners! We’re continuing our dive into the high school player pool, this time looking at some guys that are likely to remain at shortstop in their professional careers. The recent chatter I’ve seen regarding the Mariners expected draft strategy indicates that they’re looking to maximize their offensive upside in the early rounds of the draft, and these players certainly fit that bill. I’m not going to...

Royals Review

Better know a draft prospect: Enrique Bradfield Jr.

Saul Young/News Sentinel / USA TODAY NETWORK Can I interest you in a speedy centerfielder? With the MLB amateur draft just over a month away, we continue looking at some potential targets for the Kansas City Royals. The Royals will have the eighth overall pick in this year’s draft. Today we’ll look at a center fielder that has been well known to scouts since he was a high school freshman: Vanderbilt’s Enrique Bradfield Jr. Bradfield played high school ball at American Heritage High School, the same Florida school where Eric Hosmer played over a decade prior....

The Crawfish Boxes

Midseason Review - Trey Dombroski

Ron Schloerb/Cape Cod Times via Imagn Content Services, LLC What appears to be a typical high-floor, low-ceiling lefty college starter type is actually one of the more complicated projections in the Astros’ system. Trey Dombroski burst onto the draft radar after a pitcher of the year-winning campaign in the Cape Cod League after his sophomore year at Monmouth. He had been a successful underclassman, albeit in limited action, totaling 71 and 2⁄3 innings, 79 strikeouts against 8 walks and 0 HRs allowed in his first two years on campus, but given the level of...

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Former Pirates prospect Blake Sabol loving life with Giants after Rule 5 draft decision backfires

Blake Sabol was once a Pirates prospect. Because of the Rule 5 draft, he’s now producing for the San Francisco Giants.

OC Register

Ben Joyce debuts with impressive inning in Angels victory over White Sox

The first pitcher from the 2022 draft to reach the majors, Joyce strikes out two in a scoreless inning, protecting a one-run lead. All 11 of his fastballs top 100 mph.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

'What flavor do you want?': Talented options abound for Pirates atop the MLB draft

The Pirates have the No. 1 overall pick for the sixth time in their history. There will be plenty of options in that spot.


Red Sox Rumors: Top Prospect Marcelo Mayer Promoted To Double-A

The Boston Red Sox are promoting their organization’s top prospect Marcelo Mayer after a red-hot start. Mayer, 20, is the No. 5 ranked prospect in all of Major League Baseball, per MLB Pipeline. Now, just two years after the Red Sox selected the shortstop fourth overall in the draft, Mayer is being promoted to Double-A […] The post Red Sox Rumors: Top Prospect Marcelo Mayer Promoted To Double-A appeared first on NESN.com.

Amazin Avenue

From Complex To Queens, Episode 224: One step forward, two steps back

This week, the guys take a look at some of the more unheralded players who have been putting up excellent numbers. Welcome to From Complex to Queens, Home Run Applesauce’s podcast focusing on the Mets’ minor league system. Happy Memorial Day! In honor of the holiday, Steve, Lukas, Ken, and Thomas discuss military leaders in Promote, Extend, Trade. Following that, they review their Way-Too-Early-Draft follows. After, they discuss how the Mets minor league affiliates did this week Lastly, they answer a listener e-mail and branch into a related side-discussion. As always, you...

Royals Review

Royals Rundown: Royals Leave Kauffman Smoking After Lynch’s Return!

Look at the Daniel Lynch metrics, ignore the Royals’ drafting since 2009. Jacob Milham and Jeremy Greco get you ready for the week ahead after the Kansas City Royals weekend! The boys narrowly avoid a sweep with the walk-off winner, but who is footing the bill for Olivares’ big hit? Plus, what are the two watching for after Lynch’s 2023 debut? What should fans expect from another piece of the 2018 puzzle? Also, with the draft right around the corner, Jacob and Jeremy talk about some of Kansas City’s recent drafting woes. Tune in for this extended episode! You can...

Call to the Pen

Spencer Torkelson: Navigating the challenges of the big leagues

Spencer Torkelson, once hailed as a top 5 prospect and the first overall draft pick in 2020, has faced his fair share of challenges since making his debut in the big leagues. While his career numbers for 2022 and 2023 could have been more impressive, it is essential to delve deeper into his journey, analyzing […] Spencer Torkelson: Navigating the challenges of the big leagues - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - MLB News, Rumors, Prospects, and more

Bluebird Banter

Happy Birthday Duane Ward

Duane Ward turns 59 today. Duane is number 2 on the Blue Jays’ all-time saves list. Jordan Romano is seventh on the list at 72. He’d need to play a couple more full seasons as our closer to catch him. Ward was born May 18, 1964, in Park View, New Mexico. He was drafted out of high school in the first round of the 1982 amateur draft, 9th overall, by the Atlanta Braves. A big (6’4”) right-hander Ward struggled as starting prospect in the Braves system, having control issues walking 5 per 9 innings without getting the strikeouts the way he would later. On July 6, 1986, the...

OC Register

Sam Bachman gives Angels another power arm in bullpen

The first top-10 pick from the 2021 MLB Draft to make it to the major leagues, the right-hander gives Manager Phil Nevin another flame-throwing option to deploy.

Call to the Pen

Los Angeles Angels promote prospect Sam Bachman to boost bullpen

The Los Angeles Angels have called up their top pitching prospect Sam Bachman, who was drafted in the first round of the 2021 draft. Bachman came to Los Angeles with a ton of hype following his viral 100-plus mph fastballs at Miami (Ohio). What does the Sam Bachman call-up mean for the Los Angeles Angels? […] Los Angeles Angels promote prospect Sam Bachman to boost bullpen - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - MLB News, Rumors, Prospects, and more

OC Register

Angels to promote pitching prospect Sam Bachman

The Angels will call up their top pick from the 2021 draft from Double-A to pitch out of the bullpen, but must remove someone from the active roster

Baltimore Sun

Frederick County teen Samantha Heyison, daughter of former Orioles draft pick, at top of world para athlete rankings

Samantha Heyison, an Adamstown resident and Urbana High senior, is the reigning Class 4A state champion in the discus and is a U.S. Paralympics national titlist in the discus and shot put.

Red Reporter

Luke Weaver takes the mound to send St. Louis Cardinals back into last place

Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/ The Reds look to claim 4th place outright. The St. Louis Cardinals selected Luke Weaver with the 27th overall pick in the 2014 MLB Draft, and the righty from Florida State University quickly signed for a signing bonus small enough to afford them the opportunity to sign their 34th pick - high school righty Jack Flaherty - as well. St. Louis later flipped Weaver to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the deal that landed Paul Goldschmidt with the Cardinals, and the rest is history. Weaver will get an opportunity today to show he’s still a plenty...


Keith Law Projects Red Sox’s First-Round Pick In 2023 MLB Mock Draft

The Athletic’s Keith Law released his first 2023 MLB mock draft Wednesday, and the longtime baseball scribe and prospect guru has the Boston Red Sox taking a position player in Round 1. The Red Sox own the 14th overall pick in this year’s Major League Baseball draft — a selection they landed by virtue of […] The post Keith Law Projects Red Sox’s First-Round Pick In 2023 MLB Mock Draft appeared first on NESN.com.


Brewers Return Rule 5 Draft Pick Gus Varland To Dodgers

The Milwaukee Brewers returned 2022 Rule 5 Draft pick Gus Varland to the Los Angeles Dodgers after he was designated for...

Pinstripe Alley

2023 Yankees Draft Preview: Five college bats to watch

Chase Davis | Photo by Zac BonDurant/Icon Sportswire via With the 26th pick in the first round, the Yankees could be eyeing one of these college hitters. The high school season is in playoff mode, collegiate campaigns are entering the tournament phase, and the 2023 MLB Draft is 45 days away. The Yankees hold the 26th selection in the first round, and they don’t choose again until 97th overall thanks to the league continuing to punish teams for signing MLB free agents. Once the Yankees came to an agreement with southpaw Carlos Rodón, they forfeited their second and...

Lookout Landing

Who Is The Mariners Next Star Prospect? Minor League Midseason Awards - Meet at the Mitt Minors Podcast

Hello Seattle Mariners fans! John Trupin, Kate Preusser and Max Ellingsen are here for the return of the “They Might Be Mariners” segment of the Meet at the Mitt Podcast, episode 18 on May 22nd 2023. The MLB draft looms ever closer and with the Mariners making three selections in the top thirty, it seemed like the right time to give a proper update on the state of the farm system. How are draft picks from last year like Bryce Young developing? Is Harry Ford blossoming at catcher? Has Tyler Locklear continued to hit in pro ball? Our prospect team has all the answers. Shout...

Did Kyler Murray really close the door on baseball? | Pro Football Talk | NBC Sports

Kyler Murray released a statement saying he's committed to football, but Mike Florio still sees his path to the Athletics and baseball open until he gets selected in the NFL draft. #NBCSports #ProFootballTalk #KylerMurray »

Kyler Murray awkwardly dodges questions about NFL or MLB choice | The Dan Patrick Show | NBC Sports

Heisman-winning quarterback Kyler Murray joined Dan Patrick and awkwardly dodged questions about how he will prepare for the NFL draft and spring training with the Oakland Athletics. #NBCSports #DanPatrickShow #KylerMurray »

Mets trade 3 prospects to Astros for J.D. Davis

The Mets acquire former third-round Draft pick J.D. Davis from the Astros in exchange for three prospects About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United States and consists of 30 mem