Minor League Ball Gameday: Friday, March 28

The Speedy Hambino doing what he does best. - Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

News, injury notes and stats from Thursday's action.

Hello gents. Sorry for the absence of Gameday action yesterday, but fear not, Its back! Before we get to the action, lets take a look at the two new contract extensions in the MLB.

  • OF Starling Marte of the Pittsburgh Pirates agreed to a six-year, $31 Million deal with two club options valued at an additional $26M ($12.5M in 2020 and $13.5M in 2021) as well as a $2M buyout. The contract could keep Marte in the Steel City until his age 31 season.
  • 3B Miguel Cabrera, aka the best hitter on the planet, inked an eight-year extension with the Detroit Tigers for a cool $248M. This contract will be tacked on to the existing two-years and $44M he is owed from his 2008 extension. There are also vesting options for 2024 and 2025, valued at $30M each. The deal could end up reaching a grand total of $308M of new money over ten years, and combined with the two seasons he was already under contract for, the Tigers could end up spending $352M for Cabrera's services for the next 12 years.

Now for the young cats that are fighting and scraping for a roster spot.

I am starting the Speedy Hambino nickname for Billy Hamilton for the rest of the year. Yesterday is yet another reminder why. Hamilton went 3-4 with a pair of triples, a run scored, and he even drove in a run. Stephen Piscotty of the Cardinals pitched in a double, sac fly, RBI, run scored and an error in right field. XB knocked a double in three tries for Beantown, while teammate Jackie Bradley came up empty in his three trips. Meanwhile a pair of prominent Pale Hosers couldn't come up with enough to take down their cross-town rivals. Marcus Semien singled once, knocked in one, and struck out in four at bats while Cuban first baseman Jose Abreu did the same, except without the whole driving in a run part in one less at bat. Oddly enough, there was not a single Top 100 pitcher to appear in a game yesterday.

Of the guys on the outside looking in, Zoilo Almonte stands out for his perfect 3-3 day with a double and run driven in. Reds right fielder Juan Duran and Brewers first baseman Hunter Morris each left the building with solo shots. Another Cincy outfielder, Yorman Rodriguez drove in two with a double and single in a 2-5 performance. Tigers right fielder Tyler Collins was 1-2 with a triple and RBI, and Twins center fielder Aaron Hicks drove in one with a double and single in three trips to the dish.

2013 draftee Michael Lorenzen had an interesting line to say the least. He did not allow a run in four innings, but danced around eight base runners that came from five walks and three hits. He also struck out two. Pirates right hander Stolmy Pimentel was not as lucky. He allowed 10 base runners in four innings on nine hits and a walk, but four of those came in to score. Add in a wild pitch and three punchouts and the day was over. Tigers relief prospect (there is such a thing) Corey Knebel keeps throwing up zeroes, including another frame with a strike out yesterday.

Check out the rest below along with roster moves from the past two days. Enjoy everyone!

The Top 100

Position Players

Rank (Ovr) Name, Pos Team AB R H RBI HR SB Notes
2 (2) Xander Bogaerts, SS BOS 3 0 1 0 0 0 2B
13 (25) Nick Castellanos, 3B DET 3 0 0 0 0 0
15 (29) Jose Abreu, 1B CWS 3 0 1 0 0 0 K
16 (34) Joc Pederson, CF LAD 1 0 0 0 0 0 K
20 (38) Travis d'Arnaud, C NYM 3 0 0 0 0 0

Rank (Ovr) Name, Pos Team AB R H RBI HR SB Notes
22 (42) Rougned Odor, 2B TEX 2 0 0 1 0 0 vs Quintana Roo (MEX)
23 (43) Billy Hamilton, CF CIN 4 1 3 1 0 0 2 3B
27 (50) Jackie Bradley, CF BOS 3 0 0 0 0 0
29 (58) Kolten Wong, 2B STL 2 0 0 0 0 0
32 (66) Chris Owings, SS AZ 2 0 0 0 0 0

Rank (Ovr) Name, Pos Team AB R H RBI HR SB Notes
34 (70) Stephen Piscotty, RF STL 1 1 1 1 0 0 2B, SF, E
49 (91) Marcus Semien, 2B CWS 4 0 1 1 0 0 K
51 (93) Taylor Lindsey, 2B LAA 1 1 0 0 0 1 SB (1)
54 (98) Michael Choice, CF TEX 1 0 0 0 0 0 BB - vs Quintana Roo (MEX)


Pitchers

No Top 100 pitchers were in action today.

Standout Performances

Position Players

Name, Pos Team Top 10 Rank AB R H RBI HR SB Notes
Phillip Evans, 2B NYM - 1 0 1 0 0 0
Curt Powell, 2B DET - 2 0 1 2 0 0
Aaron Westlake, 1B DET - 2 0 1 0 0 0
Tyler Collins, RF DET - 2 0 1 1 0 0 3B
Alfredo Silverio, LF MIA - 0 0 0 0 0 0 BB
Gift Ngoepe, SS PIT - 2 0 1 1 0 0 3B, K, E
Mel Rojas, CF PIT - 2 0 1 0 0 0
Tony Sanchez, C PIT - 2 0 1 0 0 0 K
Jose Pirela, 2B NYY - 1 0 1 0 0 0
Zoilo Almonte, LF NYY - 3 0 3 1 0 0 2B

Name, Pos Team Top 10 Rank AB R H RBI HR SB Notes
Adonis Garcia, RF NYY - 3 1 2 0 0 1 SB (3), 2B
Emilio Guerrero, SS TOR - 2 2 1 0 0 1 SB (1)
Andy Burns, 3B TOR - 1 0 1 0 0 1 SB (1)
Gabe Jacobo, 1B TOR - 1 0 1 2 0 0
Tucker Barnhart, C CIN 10 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 K
Nick Ahmed, SS AZ - 2 0 1 0 0 0 2B, BB, PO
Mike Olt, 3B CHC - 4 1 1 0 0 0 2 K
Michael Ratterree, RF MIL - 1 0 0 0 0 0 BB
Hunter Morris, 1B MIL 10 2 1 1 1 1 0 HR (1)
Juan Duran, RF CIN - 2 1 1 2 1 0 HR (1), K

Name, Pos Team Top 10 Rank AB R H RBI HR SB Notes
Neftali Soto, 1B CIN - 2 0 1 0 0 0
Travis Mattair, 1B CIN - 2 2 1 0 0 0 2B, BB, K
Juan Silverio, 3B CIN - 3 1 2 1 0 0 2B
Yorman Rodriguez, RF CIN 5 5 0 2 2 0 0 2B, K
Gerson Montilla, 3B AZ - 2 1 1 0 0 0 2B, K
Rudy Flores, 1B AZ - 2 0 1 1 0 0
Sean Jamieson, 2B AZ - 1 0 1 1 0 0
Tony Wolters, C CLE - 0 0 0 0 0 0 BB
Aaron Hicks, CF MIN - 3 0 2 1 0 0 2B
Jonathan Schoop, 3B BAL 5 1 0 1 1 0 0 2B

Name, Pos Team Top 10 Rank AB R H RBI HR SB Notes
Jake DePew, C TB - 1 0 1 0 0 0
Matt Long, RF LAA - 1 1 0 0 0 0 K

Pitchers

Name, Pos Team Top 10 Rank IP H R ER BB K Notes
Cory Mazzoni, RHP NYM - 1.2 3 1 1 1 2
Jeurys Familia, RHP NYM - 1.1 4 2 2 0 0
Corey Knebel, RHP DET 7 1 0 0 0 0 1
Ian Thomas, LHP ATL - 0.1 0 0 0 0 0
Chasen Shreve, LHP ATL - 0.1 1 0 0 0 0
Anthony DeSclafani, RHP MIA 5 2 5 4 4 1 1
James Nygren, RHP MIA - 1 0 0 0 0 2
Stolmy Pimentel, RHP PIT - 4 9 4 4 1 3 WP
Tyler Waldron, RHP PIT - 1 0 0 0 0 0
Dellin Betances, RHP NYY - 1 1 0 0 0 1

Name, Pos Team Top 10 Rank IP H R ER BB K Notes
Vidal Nuno, LHP NYY - 1 0 0 0 0 2
Cesar Cabral, LHP NYY - 1.1 1 0 0 0 2
Mario Hollands, LHP PHI - 0.1 1 2 2 1 0
Evan Marshall, RHP AZ - 1 0 0 0 0 1
Neil Ramirez, RHP CHC - 0.2 0 0 0 0 2
Danny Webb, RHP CWS - 1 0 0 0 0 1
Kyle Heckathorn, RHP MIL - 1 2 1 1 1 0
Jumbo Diaz, RHP CIN - 1 0 0 0 0 1
Michael Lorenzen, RHP CIN 6 4 3 0 0 5 2
Fabian Williamson, LHP CIN - 0.2 0 0 0 1 2

Name, Pos Team Top 10 Rank IP H R ER BB K Notes
Merrill Kelly, RHP TB - 2 3 1 1 0 2 WP
Adam Liberatore, LHP TB - 1 0 0 0 0 2
Jose Dominguez, RHP LAD - 0.1 4 4 2 0 1
Nick Maronde, LHP LAA - 0.2 2 1 1 0 0
Cam Bedrosian, RHP LAA 10 0.1 0 0 0 0 0
Drew Pomeranz, LHP OAK - 1.2 1 0 0 1 2
Alec Asher, RHP TEX - 1 5 3 3 1 0 HR – vs Quintana Roo (MEX)
Steve Tolleson, RHP TEX - 2 0 0 0 0 1 vs Quintana Roo (MEX)
Seth Rosin, RHP TEX - 2 1 0 0 1 1 vs Quintana Roo (MEX)

Injuries

Rays SS Hak-Ju Lee (three to four weeks; left calf strain) - 3/24

Pirates RHP Jameson Taillon ("a couple of weeks"; right elbow discomfort) - 3/23

- Pirates RHP Tyler Glasnow (day-to-day; tight lower back) - 3/23

- Twins CF Byron Buxton ("a couple of weeks"; minor left wrist sprain) - 3/16

Padres LF Alex Dickerson (two weeks; left ankle sprain) - 3/18

Mariners RHP Taijuan Walker (two weeks; right shoulder inflammation) - 3/20

Tigers RHP Bruce Rondon (season; right elbow - TJS) - 3/21

Dodgers RHP Ross Stripling (season; right elbow - TJS) - 3/14

Twins 3B Miguel Sano (season; right elbow - TJS) - 3/12


Roster moves from Wednesday, March 26


Optioned to the Minors

Philadelphia Phillies -

C Cameron Rupp (AAA)

Kansas City Royals -

2B Johnny Giavotella (AAA)

Cleveland Indians -

RHP Josh Tomlin (AAA)

Pittsburgh Pirates -

RHP Vic Black (AAA)

Baltimore Orioles -

LF Henry Urrutia (AAA)
RHP Steve Johnson (AAA)

Chicago Cubs -

C Eli Whiteside (AAA)


Released

Chicago Cubs -

C George Kottaras

Tampa Bay Rays -

RHP Mark Lowe

Texas Rangers -

RHP Tommy Hanson

Los Angeles Angels -

RHP Joe Blanton

Philadelphia Phillies -

RHP Michael Stutes

Signed

Baltimore Orioles -

1B Brett Wallace

Seattle Mariners -

C Humberto Quintero

Arizona Diamondbacks -

RHP Kevin Munson

Washington Nationals -

IF Kevin Frandsen

Detroit Tigers -

RHP Bryan Augenstein

St. Louis Cardinals -

RHP David Aardsma

New York Mets -

RHP Kyle Farnsworth

Texas Rangers -

RHP Scott Baker


Reassigned to Minor League Camp

Baltimore Orioles -

OF Quintin Berry
2B Alexi Casilla


Claimed off Waivers

Texas Rangers -

2B Donnie Murphy (CHC)
RHP Seth Rosin (LAD)

Chicago White Sox -

RHP Javy Guerra (LAD)








Roster moves from Thursday, March 27


Optioned to the Minors

Atlanta Braves -

1B Ernesto Mejia (AAA)

Colorado Rockies -

2B Josh Rutledge (AAA)
C Michae McKenry (AAA)
IF Ryan Wheeler (AAA)

New York Yankees -

RF Zoilo Almonte (AAA)
RHP Preston Claiborne (AAA)
C Austin Romine (AAA)

Toronto Blue Jays -

C Erik Kratz (AAA)

Washington Nationals -

C Sandy Leon (AA)
2B Jeff Kobernus (AAA)

Pittsburgh Pirates -

RHP Brandon Cumpton (AAA)

Miami Marlins -

CF Jake Marisnick (AAA)

Cleveland Indians -

SS Justin Sellers (AAA)

Philadelphia Phillies -

RHP Jonathan Pettibone (AAA)

Minnesota Twins -

LHP Scott Diamond (Outright to AAA)
OF Chris Parmelee
(Outright to AAA)


Released

Houston Astros -

RHP Peter Moylan

Philadelphia Phillies -

RF Bobby Abreu

Atlanta Braves -

2B Marquis Riley

Chicago White Sox -

LHP Greggory Downing

Chicago Cubs -

2B Ryan Roberts (opt-out)

Designated for Assignment

Seattle Mariners -

LHP Bobby LaFromboise

Houston Astros -

LHP Raul Valdes

Signed

Seattle Mariners -

RHP Chris Young

Cleveland Indians -

RHP Bijelic Mena
RHP Yhon Ventura
SS Wander Bautista

Kansas City Royals -

RHP Brett Tomko

Colorado Rockies -

LHP Jon Keck


Traded

Pittsburgh Pirates -

Acquired CF Keon Broxton (AZ)

Arizona Diamondbacks -

Acquired Dolla Dolla Bills Y'all (PIT)
Acquired LHP Spencer Arroyo (CWS)

Chicago White Sox -

Acquired Suitcase of Non-sequential Bills (AZ)

Retired

Jack Armstrong (P - HOU)

Kolbrin Vitek (3B - BOS)


Claimed off Waivers

Houston Astros -

CF Alex Presley (MIN)

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