Daily Dose: Own Odorizzi

Daily Dose: Own Odorizzi
Nate Grimm praises Jake Odorizzi's impressive stretch, runs down the trade talks and updates Jayson Werth's ankle injury in Tuesday's Daily Dose.
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Phillies prospect third baseman Maikel Franco went 4-for-4 with a home run and a stolen base for Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Monday.

After hitting .162/.196/.238 in June, Franco has shown signs of life in July, hitting .352/.370/.602 with nine doubles, two triples, and three home runs in 22 games. Prior to the season, Franco was supposed to be a mid-season call-up, but his .241/.290/.382 season line has kept him firmly planted in Triple-A. The 21-year old's struggles could be good for him long term, as he will need the ability to focus on deficiencies and tendencies in order to succeed in the major leagues.
Jul 29 - 9:20 AM

Cubs prospect shortstop Addison Russell went 4-for-6 with a double for Double-A Tennessee on Monday, raising his line to .303/.338/.579.

Russell has hits in each of his last five games, hitting .480/.480/.920 with two doubles and three home runs. He has the potential to hit .300 with 15-20 home runs and 15-20 stolen bases, which would make him a top 25 player in fantasy baseball. The Cubs have begun the process of moving Javier Baez to second base, and Russell could be in Chicago as soon as early-2015.
Jul 29 - 9:14 AM

Cubs outfield prospect Albert Almora went 4-for-6 with a double for Double-A Tennessee on Monday.

Almora was 1-for-19 through his first four games in the Southern League, but he broke out in a big way. After a slow start to the season, Almora was hitting everything prior to his promotion from High-A Daytona. He has the potential to hit .300, but it would be nice to see improved pitch selectivity going forward.
Jul 29 - 9:09 AM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the asking price for Rays left-hander David Price is going up.

As a result, it's very likely that the Rays -- who have also won 10 out of 11 to move back into playoff contention -- will keep Price rather than move him before Thursday. "I believe so," said one person familiar with the team's thinking. "Simply put, it will take more than it would have a few weeks back." Heyman was told by rival GM that Price will either be "sold at 200 percent markup or not moved."
Jul 29 - 9:02 AM

Astros right-handed pitching prospect Michael Foltynewicz struck out 10 over six innings for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Monday.

Foltynewicz also allowed three hits (all singles), five walks, and two hit batsman. He has struggled since the middle of June, as opposing batters have hit .316/.418/.513 against him, good for a 1.860 WHIP. Foltynewicz's primary out pitch is his mid-90s fastball that touches triple digits, but his below-average command and lack of a second pitch that is average will likely turn him into a 7th or 8th inning option.
Jul 29 - 8:56 AM

C.J. Wilson (ankle) allowed two runs over 5 1/3 innings Monday in a minor league rehab start with Double-A Arkansas.

Wilson threw 81 pitches and gave up four hits and two walks while striking out seven batters. The southpaw has been sidelined all month with a right ankle sprain, but he should be cleared to rejoin the Angels' rotation this weekend.
Jul 29 - 8:50 AM

Gerrit Cole (lat) tossed five scoreless innings Monday in his first minor league rehab start with Triple-A Indianapolis.

Cole, out since July 5 with right lat soreness, allowed five hits and three walks while striking out seven. He threw 50 of his 81 pitches for strikes. He's expected to get stretched out to 100 pitches in his next outing before rejoining the Pirates.
Jul 29 - 8:45 AM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Brewers are among the teams who have called the Red Sox about left-hander Jon Lester.

As Heyman notes, the Brewers have been aggressive with in-season moves before, but it's not clear if they have the pieces to get a deal done. Rookie right-hander Jimmy Nelson is one possibility. Of course, the Brewers aren't alone in their interest for Lester, as the Dodgers, Mariners, Pirates and Orioles have also reportedly been in touch with the Red Sox.
Jul 29 - 8:36 AM
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