JorgeA reports that the MLB will render a decision on Sano's age by week's end.
Chapman signs with an agency ....
(AP) ST. LOUIS -- Cuban pitcher Aroldis Chapman, who defected this month after arriving with his national team for a tournament in the Netherlands, has signed with an agent.Chapman will be represented by Athletes Premier International, which is headed by Edwin Leonel Mejia. If Chapman follows the path of previous Cuban baseball players who defected, he would establish residency outside the United States and become a free agent, able to sign with any of the 30 major league teams."I am very excited to be starting a new chapter in my life and have Edwin and the rest of the team at Athletes Premier by my side to help me realize my dreams," Chapman said in a statement Monday.Chapman pitched twice for Cuba in this year's World Baseball Classic.
and has an apparent change of heart about his DOB:
@BenBadler Chapman seems to have magically gotten 6 months younger. DOB suddenly Feb. 28, 1988, instead of Sept. 11, 1987.
BJ Ryan cleared waivers yesterday unless he was traded. Luis Vizcaino is still on the market after his release. Mike Gregge cleared waivers and was released as well.
Heyman has a long list of possible trade candidates and claims that TX were runners up in the Pedro Martinez sweeps - first I've heard of this.
Pre_Elias Rankings of interest
Byrd, Blalock, Murphy, Wilson, Feldman
The Oklahoman's Matt Patterson has a few injury updates: the team has opted for rehab over surgery for both Brandon Boggs (dislocated shoulder) and Max Ramirez (2 bad wrists). He also has a couple of pieces up about Esteban German's all-star selection and Smoak breaking out of his slump:
"He’s getting walks, but he’s also swinging at some bad pitches,” RedHawks manager Bobby Jones said. "He needs to a get a few in a row and get his confidence. He can hit.”
And speaking of slump busting, Chris Davis claims that he is already ready for a return trip to Texas as improbable as that sounds: "I definitely think I’m where I want to be,” Davis said. "I had good at-bats off a lefty, I was squaring balls up. I think it’s just a matter of time before I get the call.”
OKC coach Bobby Jones had this to say about Guillermo Moscoso's after his nice start Sunday night (6/5/0/0/5): "He was outstanding,” RedHawks manager Bobby Jones said. "He has his fastball working and a sharp breaking curveball. He’s hitting his spots and mixing his pitches.”
Frisco game notes: Michael Kirkman works fast and also throws a cutter- join the club. Garners say's the pitching coach claimed that Kirkman might be the 2nd best LHP in the system right now - this was before he got bombed. Garr throws a splitter. Lemon moved to 9th in the order to help him see better pitches; he wasn't able to hit the breaking ball during his slump. Whittleman had Lasik surgery before the 07 season as he started having trouble seeing breaking balls in 06. Too bat it hasn't helped him hit any better. I could swear that Garner said the Whitty has moved a lot farther up in the batter's box during his hitting streak.
Someone over at the Newberg board speculated that Kiker might have been unable to go out for the 7th inning of his last start due to injury:
To start the 7th, Kiker came back out. However, after beginning to warm up, he looked to the dugout, shook his arm, and then shook his head. He was met at the dugout by two trainers and left the game without pitching in the 7th, being replaced by Garr. I don't mean to speculate, because he could've just decided he was done, but it was a little disconcerting.
Zach Ewing has a nice piece previewing the second half for the Blaze.
Kennil Gomez has pitched once in the last 3 weeks.
Can't say that I have ever heard of 2 players getting a mono-like illness in the same season:
Andy Sonnanstine, who had made two strong starts in Triple-A Durham since losing his spot in the Rays rotation, has been placed on the 7-day disabled list due to mononucleosis.It's unclear yet when Sonnanstine will return, but it doesn't sound like it's the more serious kind of mono, rather more like flu-like symptoms, and he'll get back on the mound when he recovers.
Game Notes - Trevor Hurley has a good breaking ball that has lots of movement.
TX signed 23yo RHP Jake Geglein (NDFA—Cincinnati). He was their closer and is hittable but has great command and doesn't give up the long ball. He must not throw very hard to go undrafted....Kevin Castner to the DL. Juan Grullon hasn't pitched in 2 weeks.
19.1yo OF Andres Frias was signed to the DSL1 club in early July and is batting .300.
CORRECTION: Frias appeared for 1 game in mid-June then apparently was DL'd and was activated 3 weeks later.