Mark Teixeira went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Sunday's loss to the Twins
Teixeira was just activated off the disabled list on Saturday after missing close to a month due to a cartilage tear in his right knee. His solo homer off Twins starter Tyler Duffey in the eighth inning provided the only Yankees run of the afternoon. Prior to the injury, the veteran slugger was slashing just .180/.271/.263. Fantasy owners should feel free to utilize him as normal moving forward, though it might be best to keep him on the bench until he starts to find something of an offensive groove.
Indians RHP prospect Matt Esparza surrendered just four hits over seven scoreless frames Saturday in a win for Low-A Lake County.
He fanned a career-high 12 hitters and didn't walk anyone. Esparza hasn't allowed a run in his two starts against Great Lakes this month, winning both while providing 22 strikeouts over 13 shutout innings. The 21-year-old has taken the Midwest League by storm this year with 86 punch-outs (tied for second-most in the league) and a 1.07 WHIP (fifth-lowest). He hasn't allowed more than three earned runs in a start since his season debut on April 10.
Tyler Duffey was phenomenal in Sunday's 7-1 win over the Yankees, striking out eight and allowing one run on two hits over eight innings.
Duffey did not walk a batter on the afternoon. He finished the contest having thrown 104 pitches (70 strikes). The Twins were actually considering pulling him from the rotation prior to Sunday's outing, as he entered the weekend the owner of a 6.18 ERA and 1.58 WHIP. He had allowed at least four runs in each of his seven starts since May 15. While the 25-year-old right-hander probably earned another start with his domination of the dormant Yankees, he will need to keep this up if he wants to keep the gig. A home start against the Rangers shows next on his schedule.
Nathan Eovaldi struggled to keep the ball in the park during Sunday's 7-1 loss to the Twins, yielding four home runs and five total runs over six innings.
Danny Santana connected for a solo homer off Eovaldi in the third inning, but the fireworks show wouldn't reach a crescendo until the sixth. In that frame, Brian Dozier socked a two-run homer, which was followed by solo shots off the bats of Trevor Plouffe and Max Kepler. June has been nothing short of a disaster for Eovaldi, who has allowed 25 runs over his last 20 innings (five starts). His next outing will come on the road against the Padres as the calendar flips over to July.
Padres RHP prospect Dinelson Lamet matched a career-high with nine strikeouts Saturday in a win for Double-A San Antonio.
Lamet limited Midland to one hit over six shutout innings, though he did allow a season-high five walks. Saturday was Lamet's first victory since his promotion from High-A Lake Elsinore earlier this month. The 23-year-old has emerged as one of the Padres' better prospects with eight wins and a 2.83 ERA over 16 outings this season. His 1.90 K/BB could stand to improve but other than that, Lamet seems to be trending in the right direction.
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/.410/.475 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).