Pirates C prospect Reese McGuire tallied four hits Tuesday in a win for Double-A Altoona.
It was McGuire's fifth career four-hit game and his first in almost two years. He singled three times and added a triple for good measure. The former first-round pick now has four multi-hit games in his last 10 contests. McGuire hasn't hit for much power this year—he's homered just once—but he's been a great contact hitter with only 24 strikeouts in 257 at-bats. Overall he's hitting .265 with 36 RBI and a .350 slugging percentage.
Padres RHP prospect Carlos Pimentel allowed just one hit and two walks over six shutout frames Tuesday in a win for Triple-A El Paso.
It was Pimentel's longest start since June 15. The right-hander registered four strikeouts while throwing 53 of his 94 pitches for strikes. Despite his 10 victories, Pimentel has had a rocky season for the Chihuahuas, compiling a disappointing 5.68 ERA over 101 1/3 innings of work. Opponents have hit .297 against him with 77 strikeouts in 407 at-bats.
Drew VerHagen will undergo surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome on August 8.
That will obviously end his 2016 season, and it could cut into 2017. The right-hander had a 7.11 ERA and 1.84 WHIP in 19 innings this season out of the Detroit bullpen.
Yankees OF prospect Isiah Gilliam notched four hits Tuesday in a win for Rookie-level Pulaski.
He finished a triple shy of the cycle while providing three of the Yankees' seven runs. Gilliam got off to a slow start this year but has really turned it on over his last eight games. During that span he's hit .529 with two homers, 10 RBI and a pair of stolen bases. The hot streak has raised Gilliam's season average from .213 to .293. The 20-year-old joined the Yankees' organization last summer as a 20th-round draft pick.
Logan Morrison (wrist) is back in the Rays' starting lineup on Wednesday against the Dodgers.
It'll be his first start for Tampa Bay since last Monday. Morrison was batting .231/.308/.376 with 10 home runs and 31 RBI in 86 games before coming down with wrist and forearm tendinitis in mid-July.
Yasiel Puig (hamstring) remains out of the Dodgers' starting lineup on Wednesday.
Puig has made just one pinch-hitting appearance since tweaking his right hamstring last Thursday in St. Louis. But he was able to run the bases Tuesday and could be available off the bench Wednesday versus the Rays. Scott Van Slyke is starting in right field.
James Shields is available for trade, according to FOX Sports' Jon Morosi.
Shields boasts a 1.71 ERA over his last six starts with the White Sox after struggling for the first three months of the 2016 season. He still has a rough 4.68 ERA and 1.48 WHIP overall and he's owed quite a bit of money (with the Padres handling a chunk). It'll be an interesting trade market and stretch run for the 34-year-old right-hander.
According to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports, the Giants "remain in active talks" with the Padres to acquire starting pitcher Andrew Cashner.
There was a report that Cashner might be traded before his start Tuesday night in Toronto, and there was also talk of that happening before his outing last Thursday in St. Louis. He pitched pretty well in both of those starts and seems likely to get moved to a contender by the August 1 trade deadline despite his 4.76 overall ERA. There has also been interest from the Marlins, Orioles, and Rangers.