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Red Sox prospect Mookie Betts went 4-for-5 with a double and a walk for Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday.

Betts has hit .370/.414/.519 over six games since his demotion to Triple-A, and has a .333/.422/.462 over 29 games in Triple-A. Betts has played center- and right-field since his demotion, and it looks like he will be an outfielder for the duration of the season. His long-term role is muddled due to the lack of a clear opening in Boston and their already-loaded infield.
Jul 26 - 10:25 AM

Diamondbacks third base prospect Brandon Drury went 3-for-5 with a double for High-A Visalia on Friday.

Drury is having a great year in 2014, hitting .294/.358/.505 with 33 doubles, one triple, and 17 home runs. Once viewed as a throw-in as part of the Justin Upton/Martin Prado trade, Drury has blossomed into a legitimate third base prospect who has the potential to hit .300 with 10-15 home runs and 30-plus doubles.
Jul 26 - 10:20 AM

Cubs shortstop prospect Addison Russell went 2-for-5 with two home runs for Double-A Tennessee on Friday.

Russell has hit .250/.297/.517 since being traded to the Cubs organization, but has ripped five home runs. Javier Baez has been spending time at second base, which strongly indicates that the Cubs front office views Russell as their shortstop of the future. Starlin Castro has shortstop locked down in Chicago, and the off-season will likely be filled with trade rumors of ways to open a hole for Chicago's biggest acquisition.
Jul 26 - 10:17 AM

Nationals right-handed pitching prospect tossed six shutout innings for Low-A Hagerstown on Friday, striking out seven batters while allowing one hit.

Giolito's dominating performance intimidated the weak Kannapolis lineup, giving him what was likely his best start of the season. The first batter of the game picked up an infield single, then Giolito got the next 18 batters out. Giolito is making a strong case that he is the top pitching prospect in the minor leagues, and his healthy and dominant 2014 has been a great sign.
Jul 26 - 10:12 AM

Alberto Callaspo (hamstring) will play in a minor league rehab game with High-A Stockton on Saturday.

If all goes well, he's still looking at a return to the Athletics on Sunday. The veteran infielder has been sidelined since July 11 with a strained hamstring.
Jul 26 - 8:56 AM

Ubaldo Jimenez (ankle) is scheduled to begin his minor league rehab assignment with Class-A Aberdeen on Tuesday.

The big right-hander tossed two innings in a simulated game on Friday without any issues. If all goes well on Tuesday, he'll progress to a second minor league rehab start with a higher level affiliate. Before hitting the disabled list on July 11, he posted a troublesome 4.52 ERA and 1.54 WHIP over his first 18 starts.
Jul 26 - 8:52 AM

Jayson Werth returned to the Nationals starting lineup on Friday, going 0-for-3 plus a walk in a victory over the Reds.

The veteran outfielder sat out of Wednesday's game due to soreness in his right knee. The issue appears to be minor and shouldn't impact him much moving forward.
Jul 26 - 4:35 AM

Justin Ruggiano (groin) struck out as a pinch hitter in Friday's victory over the Cardinals.

Ruggiano had been on the shelf since Tuesday due to tightness in his groin. He still hasn't been cleared to play the field, so expect it to be another couple of days before he is able to return to the starting lineup.
Jul 26 - 4:35 AM
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