MLB Power Rankings: Week 13

MLB Power Rankings: Week 13
Rome wasn't built in a day. Neither were the Houston Astros. Jesse Pantuosco discusses their transformation in his latest Power Rankings.
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The Blue Jays are expected to call up right-handed reliever Chris Smith on Tuesday, reports Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca.

The Blue Jays have yet to confirm. Smith, 28, has posted a 3.93 ERA and 15/2 K/BB ratio over 18 1/3 innings this season with Triple-A Buffalo. The former independent league pitcher was called up by the Blue Jays last September, but didn't get into a game.
Source: Sportsnet.ca
Jun 27 - 12:40 PM

Manuel Margot (calf) is expected to be activated from the disabled list Tuesday.

Margot went just 3-for-20 (.150) during his minor league rehab assignment, but the most important thing is that he's over his right calf strain. The rookie outfielder has been sidelined for a little over a month.
Jun 27 - 11:33 AM

Jae-gyun Hwang plans to use the opt-out in his contract with the Giants if he's not called up to the majors by July 1.

It's unclear if the Giants intend to do so. Signed out of the KBO over the winter, the 29-year-old Hwang is batting .287/.331/.466 with six homers, 43 RBI, and five steals through 67 games with Triple-A Sacramento. He has mostly split time between first base and third base, though he has also made a pair of starts in left field. Given where the Giants stand right now, it's worth a shot to at least see what he can do.
Jun 27 - 11:29 AM

Pirates optioned C Jacob Stallings to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Stallings was called up last week to provide some extra depth behind the plate. He's 2-for-7 with a double and two runs scored at the major league level this season.
Jun 27 - 10:05 AM

Zach Britton (forearm) gave up one run on two hits in one inning of work Monday in his latest rehab appearance with Double-A Bowie.

Britton struck out one batter while throwing 12 out of 18 pitches for strikes. "A lot of positives," said Britton. "The worst line I've had, but by far the best stuff. It makes no sense." The southpaw had three scoreless appearances between Low-A Aberdeen and Class A Delmarva before moving up to Double-A on Monday. He's slated to pitch again with Bowie on Thursday before making stops with High-A Frederick and Triple-A Norfolk. The plan calls for him to be activated on July 5.
Jun 27 - 9:44 AM

Carter Capps was ejected from his most recent appearance with Triple-A El Paso on Sunday after throwing a pair of illegal pitches.

Capps' unorthodox delivery is notoriously questionable and MLB instituted a new rule in response to it this spring. His mechanics are clearly a work in progress, but he has delivered six straight scoreless appearances in Triple-A (with four walks and four strikeouts) in his latest rehab assignment as he makes his way back from Tommy John surgery. If all goes well, Capps should find his way to the back-end of the Padres' bullpen relatively soon.
Jun 27 - 9:16 AM

Kyle Schwarber went 1-for-4 with a single and three strikeouts Monday in his first game since his demotion to Triple-A Iowa.

Schwarber struck out in his first three at-bats before hitting a line-drive single off the wall in the eighth inning. The 24-year-old slugger batted just .171/.295/.378 through 64 games prior to his demotion last week. Cubs manager Joe Maddon doesn't expect him to stay down in the minors for long, but there's no clear timetable for his return. In addition to giving him a mental break, the Cubs want to work on his swing mechanics.
Source: Cubs.mlb.com
Jun 27 - 9:03 AM

Addison Russell (shoulder) struck out as a pinch-hitter in Monday's game against the Nationals.

Russell was held out of the starting lineup after he was forced to exit Sunday's game with right shoulder discomfort. That he was able to pinch-hit suggests that he's not far off.
Jun 27 - 8:39 AM
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