MLB Player News

  • Yadier Alvarez SP | LAD

    Dodgers' Yadier Alvarez: 20 strikeouts in nine innings for Low-A Great Lakes

    Alvarez has struck out 20 batters over nine innings in his first two starts for Low-A Great Lakes.

    That's a pretty good first impression in his first taste of full-season ball. At this rate, it's looking likely Alvarez will make his MLB debut sometime in 2017.

  • Jorge Lopez SP | MIL

    Brewers' Jorge Lopez: Bumped back to Biloxi

    Lopez was transferred from Triple-A Colorado Springs to Double-A Biloxi on Tuesday, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

    Lopez has had a rough season both in the thin air of Colorado Springs and on the road, so the Brewers decided to move him down a level in hopes of getting him back on track. Lopez made his major league debut last season, and if he rebounds as the Brewers hope, he could get another shot with the big club before the current campaign comes to a close.

  • Reds' Anthony DeSclafani: Remains undefeated with sixth victory

    DeSclafani (6-0) allowed five runs on six hits and two walks with six strikeouts but still picked up the win Monday over the Giants.

    This was DeSclafani's first real cheap win, as he had thrown six consecutive quality starts entering Monday night. He was hurt by a pair of home runs, the first time all season he has allowed multiple homers in a start. DeSclafani still owns a solid 3.09 ERA supported by a slick 46:11 K:BB.

  • Reds' Brandon Finnegan: Coughs up three more homers in Sunday's loss

    Finnegan (5-8) allowed six runs on seven hits (including three home runs) and two walks over five innings Sunday, striking out three, to take the loss as the Reds fell 9-8 to the Diamondbacks.

    He's now served up at least one homer in six straight starts and 22 in 111.1 innings on the season, tying him with Max Scherzer for the NL lead in that ignominious category. Finnegan's next start could offer some relief from the barrage however, as he'll take the mound Friday in pitcher-friendly Petco Park.

  • Phillies' Jeremy Hellickson: Could be headed to Miami

    The Phillies have been scouting the Marlins' Gulf Coast League squad in preparation for a possible Hellickson trade, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.

    The Marlins were among the suitors for Hellickson even before losing Wei-Yin Chen to the disabled list with a sprained left elbow. The Marlins' farm system is pretty weak, so it makes sense that the Phils would be scouting the low minors looking for high-upside talent. The Orioles, Pirates and Giants are also rumored to have interest in Hellickson.

  • Cardinals' Jerome Williams: Contract purchased Monday

    Williams had his contract purchased by the Cardinals on Monday.

    Williams is 5-3 with a 4.89 ERA and 1.39 WHIP through nine starts with Triple-A Memphis. He has shown very good control over the course of the season, giving up just 2.37 BB/9, which has helped limit baserunners. However, the 34-year-old found very little success in the majors in 2015, owning a 5.80 ERA and 1.61 WHIP through 121 innings as both a starter and reliever for the Phillies.

  • Mike Mayers SP | STL

    Cardinals' Mike Mayers: Optioned to Triple-A

    The Cardinals optioned Mayers to Triple-A Memphis on Monday.

    A night after he got shelled by the Dodgers, the Cardinals sent the right-hander back to Triple-A Memphis. The 24-year-old was having a fantastic season between Double-A and Triple-A before getting called up, compiling a 2.62 ERA and 1.21 WHIP with 86 strikeouts in 106.2 innings. Back in Memphis, he'll need to work on his command of the strike zone.

  • Chris Rusin SP | COL

    Rockies' Chris Rusin: Strikes out five in final rehab start

    Rusin (shoulder) gave up three runs on four hits and a walk while striking out five over 3.2 innings Sunday in what may have been his final rehab start with Triple-A Albuquerque.

    The Rockies are expected to activate Rusin in the coming days to serve as bullpen depth down the stretch. He could see a spot start or two as well, depending on the health of the rotation, and whether someone like Jorge De La Rosa is dealt at the deadline. Rusin has a 5.08 ERA in 39 innings as a big league starter this season, but he boasts a 1.37 ERA in 19.2 innings as a reliever.

  • Diamondbacks' Rubby De La Rosa: Transferred to 60-day DL

    De La Rosa was transferred from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL on Monday.

    De La Rosa was placed on the 60-day DL in order to make room for right-handed pitcher Braden Shipley on the 40-man roster after he had his contract selected from Triple-A on Monday. This move means that De La Rosa's season could be over, as he will not be eligible to return from the DL until late September. The 27-year-old hasn't pitched since May 25, but his 4.15 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in eight starts are better than anticipated, which could be a confidence booster heading into 2017.

  • Braden Shipley SP | ARI

    Diamondbacks' Braden Shipley: Set to start Monday against Brewers

    Shipley was called up from Triple-A Reno and will start Monday in Milwaukee.

    Shipley no longer looks like a potential No. 1 or No. 2 starter, which was the presumed upside when the Diamondbacks took him with the No. 15 pick in the 2013 draft. However, he has turned into a very solid contact-oriented pitcher in the difficult conditions of the Pacific Coast League, posting a 3.70 ERA and 1.28 WHIP despite just a 15.5 percent strikeout rate. The Brewers have been a bottom-two offense in baseball over the last month (by wOBA and wRC+) so Shipley could have immediate success Monday. If he pitches well, there's a chance the Diamondbacks could keep him in the rotation over Zack Godley once Zack Greinke (oblique) returns next month.