Saturday, June 10, 2023

Leading: Rookies Witt, Gorman and Harris draw attention

A look at what’s happening around today’s big companies:


rookie watch

Bobby Witt Jr started the season as a highly rated prospect and it looks like he’s starting to heat up. Fellow rookie Nolan Gorman and Michael Harris are also gaining attention.

A day after falling just shy of a double of a cycle, Witt hit three doubles on Saturday as the Royals beat Minnesota 7-3. The 21-year-old shortstop has 41 hits this year – 22 for additional bases, including a team-best 13 doubles.

Gorman scored 4 for 4, including his first major league homer, and went on to score four runs to beat St. Louis 8–3 at Milwaukee. A first-round draft pick in 2018, the 22-year-old second baseman has been batting .360 in eight matches since making his debut this season.

The 21-year-old Harris made his debut on Saturday, scoring 1 for 3 and scoring a run for Atlanta in their 4-1 loss to Miami. The center fielder joined the Braves from Double-A Mississippi on Saturday.

Asked how Harris could help the Braves, manager Brian Snitker said, “Well, that’s just the defensive part of it.”

not fam friendly

Reds outfielder Tommy Pham ended his three-game suspension imposed by Major League Baseball after Giants outfielder Jock Pedersen slapped him over a Fantasy Football League controversy.

Pham will miss the series final against San Francisco at Great American Ball Park. He was also fined.

The incident took place when the Giants were warming up in the outfield on Friday. Pham confronts Pedersen and strikes him in the face before they part.

Pham said Saturday that there were some “sketchy” things going on with the Fantasy League, and said that Pedersen had made “derogatory” comments about his former team, the San Diego Padres.

“We had too much money on the line, so I look at it like there’s a code,” Pham said. He also said that Pedersen was “playing with my money.”

comeback trail

National star Stephen Strasberg makes his second rehab appearance for Class A Fredericksburg against the Salem Red Sox, this time with a goal of 60–70 pitches. Strasbourg, 2019 World Series MVP, is coming back from thoracic outlet surgery last year. The right-handed batsman also opened Tuesday’s series against Salem and bowled 62 pitches in 2 2/3 innings. He conceded three runs, scored three runs and scored four runs.

come back soon

Mets Hope center fielder Brandon Nimmo will return to the lineup for his series finale against Zack Wheeler and rival Phillies in prime time.

Nimmo did not start Saturday due to pain in his right wrist. An MRI came back clean, but manager Buck Showalter said the leadoff man may need an injection. Either way, Showalter was optimistic that Nimmo would be back in a day or two. Nimmo has a 10-game hitting streak and .386 on-base percentage for the season.

Wheeler is ready for his 10th start against his former team. He is 4-2 with a 2.58 ERA against the Mets since signing a $118 million, five-year deal with Philadelphia ahead of the 2020 season.

This will already be the 12th meeting between the enemies of NL East this season. Thereafter, they would not play again until 12 August.

Young Winner Available

Dallas Keuchel is in the market after the veteran left-hander was named for an assignment by the Chicago White Sox on Saturday.

Keuchel, 34, is 2-5 at the start of this season with an ERA of 7.88 out of eight. He signed a $55.5 million, three-year contract with Chicago in December 2019.

Keuchel is owed $14,456,044 for the remainder of his contract: $12,956,044 in salary for the rest of this season, as well as the purchase of $1.5 million from his 2023 option. If he is released, the other team can sign him for a pro-rata share of a minimum of $700,000, with the White Sox responsible for the rest.

Keuchel won the AL Cy Young Award in 2015, going 20-8 with a 2.48 ERA for the Houston Astros. He is 101-87 with 3.86 ERA in 262 career games, including 251 starts.


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