Daily Dose: Acuna Arrival

Daily Dose: Acuna Arrival
Ronald Acuna has finally been called up by the Braves. Drew Silva discusses that and more in Wednesday's Daily Dose.
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Wei-Yin Chen (elbow) is scheduled to make his season debut on Saturday night against the Rockies.

Chen struck out seven batters over five scoreless frames in his last minor league rehab start Sunday at High-A Jupiter, giving him a 1.17 ERA and 11/1 K/BB ratio in 7 2/3 total rehab frames. He's been an effective fantasy starter in the past and might be worth consideration in some deeper formats. The 32-year-old southpaw has missed the first four weeks of the 2018 regular season because of a partially torn ligament in his left elbow.
Apr 25 - 12:27 AM

Andrelton Simmons went 3-for-5 with two homers and five RBI in leading the Angels to an 8-7 win over the Astros on Tuesday.

Lindor? Correa? Didi? Machado? Simmons still has as good of an argument as anyone for the claim of the AL's best shortstop. He's the best defender of the group, of course, and he's hitting .317 with 13 RBI and a nice 6/10 K/BB ratio in 94 plate appearances this year.
Apr 25 - 12:26 AM

Shohei Ohtani gave up four runs and walked five over 5 1/3 innings Tuesday in a no-decision against the Astros.

Ohtani was pitching with a blister and facing a really good team, so we wouldn't read much into his performance. The important thing is that he got through the outing without incident. Hopefully he'll display better control next time out.
Apr 25 - 12:24 AM

With Keynan Middleton having pitched three straight days, Cam Bedrosian got a chance to close on Tuesday and retired four batters for his first save.

It was unclear who might step in for Middleton if a closer was needed tonight, but Bedrosian, who has suffered from some diminished velocity and who entered the night with just one hold in 11 appearances, was the choice. He stranded a runner after coming on in the eighth and then retired three of four batters in the ninth, which would seem to bode well for him going forward.
Apr 25 - 12:22 AM

Charlie Morton had his first rough day at the office this year Tuesday, surrendering four runs in four innings against the Angels.

Morton had allowed just three runs -- two earned -- in four starts this season coming into this one. He gave up solo homers in the first and second tonight, but the real mess came in the third, when he walked the first three batters he faced. He was fortunate to allow just two runs in that frame.
Apr 25 - 12:19 AM

Mike Trout became the first player to reach double figures in homers when he took Charlie Morton deep on Tuesday.

Trout also walked twice tonight. For all of his success, he's yet to lead the AL in homers and has actually finished in the top 10 in the league just twice (he was third in both 2014 and 2015). Perhaps it's time for that to change.
Apr 25 - 12:18 AM

Venezuelan reporter Daniel Alvarez Montes hears from a source that the Braves have called up top outfield prospect Ronald Acuna.

That report has now been confirmed by MLB.com's Mark Bowman. Acuna got off to a slow start this season at Triple-A Gwinnett, but he had turned it on over the last week and went 2-for-4 with a double and a walk on Tuesday. It sounds like the ultra-talented 20-year-old will be in the Braves' starting lineup on Wednesday night against the Reds. Acuna batted .325/.374/.522 with 21 home runs, 82 RBI, 44 stolen bases, and 88 runs scored in 139 games last season between three different levels of Atlanta's minor league system. He has the goods to be a fantasy monster right out of the gate.
Apr 25 - 12:17 AM

Kole Calhoun finished 0-for-4 with three strikeouts against the Astros on Tuesday.

Calhoun seemed to break out of an early slump two weeks ago, but now he's in a 2-for-33 rut that's left him with a .180 average, a 25/3 K/BB ratio and a .443 OPS in 89 at-bats this season. The Angels lack any strong options to replace him, but they might want to consider adding some insurance at some point. After all, Calhoun wasn't very good last year, either.
Apr 25 - 12:15 AM
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