Astros optioned C Max Stassi to Triple-A Fresno; re-assigned SS Carlos Correa, LHP Darin Downs, C Tyler Heineman, RHP James Hoyt and INF Gregorio Petit to minor league camp.
Correa is the biggest name here, but it's obviously no surprise that the top prospect didn't crack the Opening Day roster. He'll begin the season at Double-A and could possibly push to debut before the end of 2015.
Astros optioned RHP Jake Buchanan to Triple-A Fresno.
He posted a 5.40 ERA over 8 1/3 innings this spring. Buchanan will be part of Fresno's rotation.
Astros optioned 3B Matt Dominguez to Triple-A Fresno.
He batted just .250/.282/.250 this spring. With Luis Valbuena at the hot corner now and Colin Moran on the way, Dominguez's days as a starter in Houston are likely over.
Phillies optioned RHP Hector Neris to Triple-A Lehigh Valley; re-assigned RHP Paul Clemens, C Koyie Hill and INFs Chris McGuiness and Chris Nelson to minor league camp.
Clemens had an outside shot at a rotation spot this spring but didn't pitch well with a 5.19 ERA and six walks over 8 2/3 innings. Neris should get a shot in the Phillies' bullpen at some point this season.
Phillies optioned RHP Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Gonzalez will never get a better opportunity to make the Opening Day rotation than the one he had this spring, but he blew it by posting a 7.54 ERA with 25 hits allowed over 14 1/3 innings. The Cuban defector is looking like a big-time bust to this point.
Mariners prospect Victor Sanchez died Saturday as the result of a boat accident.
Sanchez was hit by a boat while swimming in Venezuela in February, sustaining a fractured skull. He had emergency surgery and was in a coma in recent weeks, but he was just never able to recover. It's a tragedy that transcends baseball. Sanchez was 20 years old.
Danny Duffy struck out seven but allowed four runs over five innings in Saturday's win over the Diamondbacks.
The southpaw was victimized for two home runs accounting for all four runs, and he gave up seven hits and two walks on the afternoon. Duffy has a 4.91 ERA this spring but owns a spot in the Royals' starting rotation to open the season. He's an upside play for AL-only owners looking for cheap pitching.
Jeremy Hellickson allowed eight hits and three runs over 4 1/3 innings in Saturday's loss to the Royals.
Hellickson walked one and struck out three in the start. It was the continuation of a rough spring for Hellickson, who now owns a 6.00 Cactus League ERA. Even with his struggles, the right-hander has been assured a spot in the Diamondbacks' rotation when the season opens in April.