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Mets outfield prospect Brandon Nimmo went 1-for-5 with a double for Double-A Binghamton on Saturday.

Nimmo has had trouble finding the best way to succeed in the Eastern League, hitting just .190/.326/.354 since his promotion. He has been alternating between left field and center field with Darrell Ceciliani, who is unlikely to reach the major leagues. While it would be nice to see Nimmo improve his production in Double-A , he could start 2015 in Double-A and still be in line to reach Queens in 2015.
Jul 13 - 11:19 AM

Carl Crawford began shagging fly balls in center field on Friday.

Crawford, who will turn 33 in a few weeks, hasn't started more than one game in center field since the 2005 season. He's now the Dodgers' fourth outfielder, though, and the team would like him to be able to play all three spots. "I think, in our situation, there’s nothing wrong with him going out there and taking some fly balls," manager Don Mattingly said. "You never know what could happen. We’ve encouraged him to kind of do a little work out there. Also I can’t let him get away from left field, but he just wants to play. He’s looking for at-bats."
Jul 13 - 11:18 AM

Mets second base prospect Dilson Herrera went 3-for-5 with a double for Double-A Binghamton on Saturday.

Herrera has turned it up to 11 in the Double-A Eastern League, hitting .330/.394/.466 with six doubles and two home runs in 21 games. For the season, he has played approximately 2/3 of his games at second base and 1/3 at shortstop. He projects as a second baseman long term, and could be in Queens as soon as mid-2015.
Jul 13 - 11:14 AM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox have received trade inquiries on Mike Napoli.

Given their lack of right-handed power and the fact that Napoli is under contract next season, they seem unlikely to move him. Napoli also has a limited no-trade clause. However, it's always possible someone will blow the Red Sox away with an offer. If they club did move Napoli, they could transition Will Middlebrooks over to first base.
Source: Boston Globe
Jul 13 - 11:10 AM

Dodgers outfield prospect Joc Pederson went 2-for-4 with a double for Triple-A Albuquerque.

Pederson has hit well since returning from a separated shoulder, going 7-for-17 with two doubles, a triple, and six walks in five games. The Dodgers still have an overly crowded outfield, and Pederson is unlikely to see a promotion until September or in the event of an injury, even if he he keeps up his superb .324/.445/.572 season line.
Jul 13 - 11:08 AM

Rays activated LHP Jake McGee from the paternity leave list.

McGee has been away since Friday following the birth of his daughter. He'll resume his role as the Rays' primary closing option.
Jul 13 - 11:05 AM

Rays optioned RHP Jeremy Hellickson to Double-A Montgomery.

He'll start there on Monday, as the Rays wanted to keep him pitching over the All-Star break. Hellickson will rejoin the big league rotation soon.
Jul 13 - 11:03 AM

Astros third base prospect Rio Ruiz went 2-for-5 with two triples and one walk for High-A Lancaster.

Ruiz has been on fire in July, hitting .359/.435/.667 with five doubles, three triples, and one home run. Ruiz has the tools to hit for a high average, but there are questions regarding his future power potential. If his power fully develops, he could hit 20-plus home runs, but if it does not, he could struggle to hit 10 home runs in a season.
Jul 13 - 11:02 AM
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