“If we needed somebody to go up, and there was an opportunity, I don’t think any of us would hesitate to make that recommendation,” assistant general manager J.J. Picollo said.
The former top-100 prospect is 6-1 with a 2.74 ERA through eight starts for Triple-A Omaha. After struggling in his return from Tommy John surgery in 2011, the left-hander is beginning to round into form again.
“His changeup is looking more like the changeup he had prior to surgery, with good arm speed and deception,” Picollo said. “And the curveball’s got better shape. So there’s a lot of things pointing in the right direction. And he’s doing a much better job being aware of the running game as well.”
By any measure, that's a strong rookie season. But Mack is not satisfied with the four sacks he recorded. He is seeking to increase that total.
"I definitely want to get after the quarterback more this year," he told ESPN.com. "I got some hits [in 2014], but people didn't really see what I can do. Those sack numbers I had really weren't me. At the end of the day, you want people to see you at your best."
The Raiders are trying to help Mack, who piled up 40 hurries last year. They are reportedly going to give Mack fewer reps in pass coverage so he can concentrate on rushing the passer.
Navarro has been sidelined since late April due to a hamstring injury. Navarro has been on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Buffalo. He hit .286 (4 for 14) with one double, one home run, four RBI, one run, two walks and four strikeouts.
The Mets are currently featuring a six-man rotation, so he doesn't have a clear path to major-league playing time, but Mets officials unconcerned he'll grow frustrated waiting for a promotion.
"I think he realizes, he sees everybody that is up there and knows there is no place to put him," an organizational source told the Post. "If he was going to lose interest, he would have lost it, I think, three or four starts ago."
Matz is 6-3 with a 1.98 ERA and a 70:23 K:BB ratio in 68 1/3 innings with Triple-A Las Vegas in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League.
"It’s like taking a big league guy and throwing him against a rookie ball team," a PCL talent evaluator said. "He just dominates every night he goes out. He’s done everything he’s supposed to do at Triple-A, and it’s a lot easier to evaluate a pitcher in this league, because if they are as good as Matz is in the Pacific Coast League, he is pretty damn good. They don’t hit the ball against him."
Mahtook went 1 for 4 (.250) with one home run and two RBI in four games earlier this season for Tampa Bay.
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