Roundtable: Closer Talk

Roundtable: Closer Talk
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Cubs prospect Jeremy Null tossed eight scoreless frames Tuesday in a win for Low-A South Bend.

Null allowed his first walk of the season on Tuesday. He's surrendered two runs in 30 2/3 innings this season while holding opponents to a miserable .198 average. The 21-year-old's repertoire includes a slider, plus fastball and a much improved change-up. The right-hander was Chicago's Minor League Pitcher of the Month for April.
Source: MILB.com
May 6 - 3:53 PM

Michael Saunders (knee) remained out of the Blue Jays' lineup Wednesday.

Saunders has had fluid drained and received a cortisone shot due to swelling in his surgically-repaired left knee. The Jays don't plan to place him on the disabled list, but it's unclear when he'll be ready to return to the lineup. Chris Colabello is in left field Wednesday.
May 6 - 3:43 PM

Athletics optioned OF Craig Gentry to Triple-A Nashville.

The A's have chosen to keep Billy Burns around instead. Gentry has just three hits in 35 at-bats this season.
May 6 - 3:38 PM

Athletics activated OF Coco Crisp from the 15-day disabled list.

Crisp needed just two rehab games to show the A's he was ready, beating his original timetable to return from elbow surgery by a couple weeks. He could be eased back into the lineup but will eventually settle in as the regular left fielder. Craig Gentry has been sent down in a corresponding move.
May 6 - 3:37 PM

Rangers prospect Joe Jackson finished a double shy of the cycle Tuesday in a win for High-A High Desert.

Jackson's solo shot in the second inning was his first of the season. Prior to Tuesday, Jackson had been hitless in his last eight at-bats with four strikeouts. This is Jackson's second full season in the minors after hitting .293 in 86 games for Low-A Hickory in 2014. The 23-year-old is a distant relative of the famous "Shoeless" Joe Jackson.
Source: MILB.com
May 6 - 3:29 PM

Rockies prospect Tommy Murphy crushed a walk-off homer Tuesday for Double-A New Britain.

The blast was Murphy's second of the game. Murphy's six RBI Tuesday tied a career-high. Colorado's No. 8 prospect is off to a sizzling start, batting .337 with an OPS north of 1.000. Murphy belted 22 homers during his last full season, so his power is definitely real. Don't be surprised if he gets the call to Triple-A later this season.
Source: MILB.com
May 6 - 3:17 PM

Dodgers pitching prospect Jose De Leon notched his second win of the year Tuesday for High-A Rancho Cucamonga.

He finished the outing with 12 strikeouts, giving him 38 in 25 innings this season. De Leon only allowed one hit Tuesday and opponents are now batting just .180 versus the right-hander. A 24th-round pick in the 2013 draft, De Leon is finally coming into his own. Including last season, he's now 9-1 in his last 19 appearances.
Source: MILB.com
May 6 - 3:07 PM

Jake Peavy (back) could be cleared to begin a rehab assignment if he gets through another bullpen session on Friday with no issues.

It's not clear at this point how many rehab starts he'll need. Peavy has battled back issues since the beginning of the season, being limited to two starts.
May 6 - 3:02 PM
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