Daily Dose: Tanaka Torment

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Drew Silva examines Masahiro Tanaka's right elbow troubles and praises two budding young infielders in Thursday's MLB Daily Dose.
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Athletics first base prospect Matt Olson went 2-for-4 with a double and his California League-leading 25th home run of the season for High-A Stockton on Wednesday.

Olson's defensive ineptitude makes him a first base-only prospect, which means he will have to mash to reach the major leagues. He strikes out a lot (21.2 percent of his plate appearances) and walks nearly as much (19.4 percent of PA), while being able to translate his raw power into game situations (.278 isolated power). His inability to make consistent contact could prevent him from reaching the major leagues, but if there's one franchise that has historically looked past batting average to see high wOBA (.398 with 137 RC+), it's the Athletics.
Jul 10 - 9:04 AM

Phillies shortstop prospect J.P. Crawford went 1-for-5 with a strikeout for High-A Clearwater.

Crawford has hit .234/.306/.364 with one double and three home runs over 19 games since his promotion. His walk rate has dropped from 13.9 percent in Lakewood to 10.0 percent in Clearwater, and his strikeout rate has spiked from 13.9 to 23.8 percent. Crawford is one of the youngest players in the league, but it would be good to see progress before the end of the season. Perhaps more troubling, his fielding percentage has dropped as well, and his offensive struggles could be impacting his fielding, or vice versa.
Jul 10 - 8:58 AM

Angels released LHP Rich Hill.

Hill was designated for assignment by the Angels last week after failing to record an out in two relief appearances. The 34-year-old can now sign with a new team and should be able to find work somewhere because he's a lefty.
Jul 10 - 8:56 AM

Mets right-handed pitching prospect Gabriel Ynoa struck out nine batters as part of a seven-inning shutout, scattering four hits for Double-A Binghamton on Wednesday.

The Binghamton Mets and Portland Sea Dogs played a pair of seven-inning games on Wednesday to make up for a rainout on Tuesday, and Ynoa went the distance for Binghamton, throwing 66 of his 98 pitches for strikes (67.3 percent). The 21-year old Dominican Republic-native has the potential to be a solid No. 3 pitcher with a low-90s fastball, a hard-breaking slider, and an improving change-up. He also throws a well-below-average curve ball that will be no more than a "show me" pitch. He could see time with the Mets in 2015.
Jul 10 - 8:51 AM

Giants activated INF Ehire Adrianza from the 15-day disabled list.

Adrianza wound up missing close to three weeks with a strained right hamstring. The 24-year-old utility infielder is a .215/.260/.301 career hitter in the majors.
Jul 10 - 8:51 AM

Giants optioned OF Juan Perez to Triple-A Fresno.

Perez has batted just .156/.208/.267 in 50 plate appearances this season at the major league level. Ehire Adrianza (hamstring) was activated from the 15-day disabled list in a corresponding 25-man roster move.
Jul 10 - 8:49 AM

Rangers outfield prospect Nick Williams went 4-for-5 with two doubles, one triple, and a walk for High-A Myrtle Beach on Wednesday, raising his season line to .326/.376/.543.

Williams has hit .394/.452/.788 with seven doubles, two triples, and five home runs in 16 games since returning from a hamstring injury. His strikeout totals are much too high (79 in 292 plate appearances, which is 27.1 percent), but he has continued to hit very well in the High-A Carolina League. Williams could see time with Double-A Frisco, where his ultra-aggressive approach would need to be toned down in order to achieve success.
Jul 10 - 8:42 AM

Mariners recalled LHP Lucas Luetge from Triple-A Tacoma.

Luetge has posted a 3.40 ERA and 44/19 K/BB ratio in 39 2/3 innings this season at the Triple-A level. He made three appearances with the M's earlier this year and is now back to help out in a left-handed relief role.
Jul 10 - 1:56 AM
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