Giants left-handed pitching prospect threw five shutout innings for Triple-A Fresno on Wednesday, scattering three hits and four walks.
Despite Escobar's poor 2014 campaign, his command has been solid, which is what makes this outing surprising. Two of the three hits were doubles, and opposing batters are hitting .288/.346/.480 off him for the season. He has a solid 8.0 K/9 for the season. He projects as a back-end rotation option, and could see time in the major leagues if he is able to put together a few more good outings.
Blue Jays outfield prospect Dalton Pompey went 2-for-4 with his first Double-A home run for Double-A New Hampshire on Wednesday.
Pompey has struggled during his introduction to Double-A pitching, putting up a brutal .083/.233/.139 line over his first 11 games. He has had two consecutive good games, going 4-for-8 with a double and a home run. The 21-year old Pompey was hitting .319/.397/.471 for High-A Dunedin before his promotion. The primary knock on Pompey is that he may never develop power, but if he does, he could be a perennial All-Star.
Cubs purchased the contract of RHP Kyle Hendricks from Triple-A Iowa.
Hendricks will make his major league debut on Thursday against the Reds. The 24-year-old right-hander has posted a decent 3.59 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 97/23 K/BB ratio in 102 2/3 innings this season at the Triple-A level and may be worth a try in NL-only fantasy leagues.
Cubs optioned RHP Dallas Beeler to Triple-A Iowa.
Beeler allowed four runs over five innings in a loss to the Reds on Wednesday. The right-hander might get another shot after the All-Star break given the depleted depth of starting pitching in the Cubs' farm system.
Red Sox catching prospect Blake Swihart went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts and was hit by a pitch for Double-A Portland on Wednesday.
Christian Vazquez made his Major League debut on Wednesday, but Swihart was left in the Eastern League. It is somewhat curious that Swihart was not promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket, but the Red Sox front office must feel that Swihart still has work to do in Portland. Swihart has hit a sparkling .292/.347/.471 for the season, and will push Vazquez out of the way when he is promoted to the Majors.
Jake McGee will be placed on the paternity leave list Friday but is expected back Sunday.
McGee's wife gave birth to a baby girl on Wednesday and the left-hander is going to get some time off this weekend to spend with his new family. He'll also then have the All-Star break (unless he is a late addition to the American League roster, which is a possibility). McGee owns a 1.56 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, and 48/9 K/BB ratio in 40 1/3 innings this season. He will be the leading candidate for saves in Tampa Bay in the second half.
Athletics first base prospect Matt Olson went 2-for-4 with a double and his California League-leading 25th home run of the season for High-A Stockton on Wednesday.
Olson's defensive ineptitude makes him a first base-only prospect, which means he will have to mash to reach the major leagues. He strikes out a lot (21.2 percent of his plate appearances) and walks nearly as much (19.4 percent of PA), while being able to translate his raw power into game situations (.278 isolated power). His inability to make consistent contact could prevent him from reaching the major leagues, but if there's one franchise that has historically looked past batting average to see high wOBA (.398 with 137 RC+), it's the Athletics.
Phillies shortstop prospect J.P. Crawford went 1-for-5 with a strikeout for High-A Clearwater.
Crawford has hit .234/.306/.364 with one double and three home runs over 19 games since his promotion. His walk rate has dropped from 13.9 percent in Lakewood to 10.0 percent in Clearwater, and his strikeout rate has spiked from 13.9 to 23.8 percent. Crawford is one of the youngest players in the league, but it would be good to see progress before the end of the season. Perhaps more troubling, his fielding percentage has dropped as well, and his offensive struggles could be impacting his fielding, or vice versa.