Royals prospect LHP Sean Manaea (abdomen) allowed three runs (one earned) on six hits in five innings on Monday for High-A Wilmington.
He struck out eight batters in the outing without issuing a walk. Manaea was moved up to Wilmington after making his season debut in the Rookie Arizona League the previous week. The 23-year-old left-hander posted a 3.11 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, .228 opponents’ batting average, 4.0 BB/9 and 10.8 K/9 in 121 2/3 innings (25 starts) last season in his professional debut for Wilmington. Assuming he stays healthy, Manaea likely will spend a majority of the 2015 season at Double-A Northwest Arkansas.
Michael Cuddyer (knee) remained out of the Mets' lineup Thursday against the Cubs.
He got an injection Wednesday and may need a few days to recover. Manager Terry Collins said Cuddyer could require a trip to the disabled list if he doesn't improve in the next three days. Eric Campbell and John Mayberry would split time in left field if Cuddyer faces a lengthy absence.
Twins prospect RHP Nick Burdi has been demoted to High-A Fort Myers from Double-A Chattanooga.
The Twins selected Burdi in the second round of the 2014 draft, targeting the Louisville closer for his potential to impact a big league bullpen in short order. Unfortunately, that hasn’t been the case for the 22-year-old right-hander, who is headed back to the Florida State League after posting a 5.93 ERA, 1.78 WHIP and 33/22 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 30 1/3 innings (22 appearances) at Double-A Chattanooga. Burdi dominated last summer after signing, pitching to a 2.66 ERA with five saves and 16.8 K/9 in 20 1/3 innings (20 appearances) between both Class-A levels.
Mariners released RHP Justin Germano.
He and left-hander Rafael Perez both opted out of their minor league contracts. Germano pitched well for Triple-A Tacoma, recording a 2.83 ERA over 18 outings before his release. The 32-year-old has made 96 major league appearances with seven different teams.
Mariners released LHP Rafael Perez.
Perez exercised the opt-out clause in his minor league contract. The 33-year-old went 5-5 with a 1.99 ERA over 13 starts for Triple-A Quintana Roo. He hasn't pitched in the majors since 2012.
Padres prospect RHP Colin Rea has been promoted to Triple-A El Paso.
Rea is moving up the minor league’s highest level after an excellent first half at Double-A San Antonio in which he posted a 1.08 ERA, 0.81 WHIP, .185 opponents’ batting average, and 60/11 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 75 innings (12 starts). It’s been far and away the best season of the 25-year-old right-hander’s career, as he owns a 3.32 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 3.5 BB/9 and 7.6 K/9 in 456 innings (117 appearances/86 starts) across the last five seasons. Rea lacks upside but could emerge as a quality back-end starter for the Padres later in the season.
Rockies prospect 2B Forrest Wall (shoulder) was placed on the disabled list at Low-A Asheville on June 30.
Wall, 19, is in the middle of a strong full-season debut in South Atlantic League, batting .258/.342/.426 with six home runs, seven doubles, eight triples and 37 RBI to go along with 16 stolen bases in 23 attempts. And considering Asheville’s home park heavily favors left-handed hitters, it is good to see Wall has balanced home (.774 OPS) and road (.762 OPS) splits. Wall is among the top second-base prospects in the minor leagues.
Royals prospect RHP Kyle Zimmer has been promoted to Double-A Northwest Arkansas.
Zimmer’s season didn’t begin until late May as a result of setbacks in his recovery from a shoulder injury. However, the 22-year-old right-hander has been sharp over the last month while working out of the bullpen for Low-A Lexington, posting a 1.13 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 21/6 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 16 innings (nine appearances). He’ll now return to the Texas League, where he made four outstanding starts (18 2/3 IP, 1.93 ERA, 27/5 K/BB) at the end of the 2013 season. Zimmer has struggled to stay healthy during his career, but the 2012 first-rounder's upside is still huge.