Diamondbacks OF prospect Anfernee Grier slugged his first professional home run Saturday in a win for Rookie-level Missoula.
He also contributed an RBI double in the seventh inning as Missoula rolled to a 12-3 win over Billings. Grier can breathe a sigh of relief after going just 1-for-12 with three strikeouts in his first four games. The 20-year-old hit .366 with 12 HR, 41 RBI and 19 steals in 56 games for Auburn this past season. The Diamondbacks chose Grier with the 39th overall pick in this year's draft.
Cubs OF prospect Ian Happ homered as part of a three-hit night Saturday in Double-A Tennessee's loss to Pensacola.
The home run was Happ's first since joining Tennessee earlier in the week. The 21-year-old earned a promotion by batting .296 with seven round-trippers and 42 RBI in 69 games for High-A Myrtle Beach. Happ has also been a threat on the bases this year with 10 steals on 13 attempts. With five hits in his first eight at-bats for Tennessee, it doesn't look like Happ is going to have any trouble adjusting to Double-A pitching.
Marlins RHP prospect Chris Paddack cruised through five hitless innings Saturday in a no-decision for Low-A Greensboro.
He finished with nine strikeouts (all swinging) and didn't allow a walk. 42 of his 60 pitches went for strikes. The 20-year-old has now gone 15 1/3 innings without allowing a hit. The Marlins have been keeping a tight lid on their young prodigy. Paddack hasn't topped 80 pitches in any of his six outings. He's made the most of his limited workload by holding opponents to a .098 average with 48 strikeouts in 28 1/3 innings this year (15.25 K/9).
Phillies RHP prospect Jose Taveras notched a club record 15 strikeouts Saturday in a win for Low-A Lakewood.
He scattered two hits and one run over eight dominant innings for his third win of 2016. That ended a three-game losing streak for Taveras, who began the year as a reliever before shifting to the bullpen in early May. Taveras ranks third in the South Atlantic League in strikeouts (82) and also holds the league's fifth-lowest WHIP at 1.02. Those are strong numbers but Taveras will need to keep the ball in the yard (10 HR allowed this season) if he wants a promotion anytime soon.
Cory Luebke has elected free agency.
Luebke cleared waivers after being designated for assignment but has declined an outright assignment. The left-hander will now look for a gig elsewhere.
Angels claimed RHP J.C. Ramirez off waivers from the Reds.
Ramirez, 27, holds a 6.40 ERA this season and a 6.41 ERA over 65 career appearances in the majors. He's merely a depth guy for the Angels.
Yadier Molina is absent from the Cardinals' lineup Sunday.
It's just a day off for Molina, who is batting just .222/.284/.287 since the beginning of May. Eric Fryer is starting behind the plate. Jhonny Peralta is also getting a breather, as the Cards have Jedd Gyorko at third base.
Welington Castillo is not in the Diamondbacks' lineup Sunday.
It's a normal day of rest for Castillo, who has struggled since the beginning of May. Chris Herrmann is catching Sunday.