Daily Dose: Piney Pineda

Daily Dose: Piney Pineda
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Andre Ethier went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in his return to the Dodgers' lineup Wednesday.

Ethier sat out Tuesday's game with flu-like symptoms. He's batting just .206/.261/.302 on the young season.
Apr 24 - 8:43 AM

Reds prospect outfielder Jesse Winker went 4-for-4 with two doubles, a home run, and a walk on Wednesday for High-A Bakersfield.

Winker is up to .338/.418/.558 for the season with three home runs, eight doubles, and 11 stolen bases. His walk rate has increased, but his strikeout rate has remained roughly constant, which is a great sign. Winker is unlikely to put up a slugging percentage close to this as he climbs the minor league ladder, but he could have an OBP near .400, which would make him a valuable outfielder without a high slugging percentage.
Apr 24 - 8:43 AM

Reds left-handed prospect Ismael Guillon fanned 11 batters in seven shutout innings on Wednesday for Low-A Dayton.

Guillon is in the Midwest League for the third consecutive season. There were indications that the Reds were going to promote him to Double-A Pensacola to start the season, but he ended up back in Dayton. Guillon should see a promotion soon, though it could be to High-A Bakersfield and not Double-A. He sports a 1.16 ERA and 9.6 K/9 for the season, so it will be interesting to see if he can maintain his level of success in the event of a promotion.
Apr 24 - 8:37 AM

Phillies left-handed pitching prospect Jesse Biddle struck out 10 batters in seven innings on Wednesday for Double-A Reading.

Biddle allowed two hits and walked one batter in his best start of the season. Biddle threw 111 pitches, inducing seven groundouts, six flyouts, zero line drives, and two popups. He sports a 2.86 ERA and a 12.1 K/9 rate, while batters are hitting .213/.265/.352 off him. Biddle is rapidly climbing the Phillies pitching depth chart, and could make his appearance with his hometown Phillies later this season.
Apr 24 - 8:27 AM

Pirates prospect first baseman Stetson Allie hit two home runs on Wednesday, bringing his season line to .291/.400/.655 for Double-A Altoona.

He is hitting .444/.565/1.222 over his past five games with four walks, four strikeouts, two doubles, and four home runs. Allie has taken major steps forward this year, most notable is his significant decrease in his strikeout rate. He also has a career low .287 BABIP, which indicates that his batting average could see an increase. He still strikes out too much, but he may be a viable stash option in the deepest of leagues.
Apr 24 - 8:21 AM

Justin Ruggiano returned to action on Wednesday April 23.

Apr 24 - 3:51 AM

A.J. Pollock returned to action on Wednesday April 23.

Apr 24 - 3:51 AM

Hanley Ramirez finished 2-for-4 with a solo homer in the Dodgers' 5-2 victory over the Phillies on Wednesday.

Ramirez's leadoff blast to straight-away center field off reliever Mario Hollands in the eighth inning provided the Dodgers a valuable insurance run in what was, at the time, a 3-2 affair. This was a much-needed positive performance from the scuffling star who entered play batting just .234. The media had speculated that Han-Ram was still suffering from hand pain stemming from his beaning in San Francisco last week; in the six games since, he'd gone 2-for-22 (.091 average), with both hits being singles. But the shortstop insisted it wasn't a problem, and he perhaps ended that discussion this evening.
Apr 24 - 1:29 AM
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