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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Astros right-handed pitching prospect Vince Velasquez threw five innings for High-A Lancaster on Monday, scattering two hits, one walk, and two hit batsman while allowing two runs.

Velasquez was solid in his return from a groin injury, teaming with Josh Hader to shut down the High Desert Mavericks. Velasquez employs a low-mid-90s fastball and a well above-average change-up to keep batters off balance, and has the potential to be a solid No. 3 pitcher. He could see time in Houston as soon as late-2015, and may be in line for a promotion to Double-A Corpus Christi if he can stay healthy.
Jul 29 - 10:34 AM

Astros left-handed pitching prospect Josh Hader struck out three batters over four shutout innings, scattering two hits and one walk for High-A Lancaster on Monday.

Hader relieved Vince Velasquez and picked up the four inning save, which included holding Mariners prospect Gabriel Guerrero hitless in two at bats while striking him out once. Hader has silently dominated California League hitters in 2014, holding them to a .201/.286/.319 line while putting up a 10.1 K/9. He was picked in the 19th round in 2012, and was acquired from the Orioles with L.J. Hoes in exchange for Bud Norris during 2013, so he was not viewed as a top prospect prior to the season.
Jul 29 - 10:30 AM

Blue Jays third base prospect Mitch Nay went 2-for-5 with a double and four RBI for Low-A Lansing on Monday.

The 20-year old Nay has a .279/.337/.373 line for the season, and has hit .303/.356/.405 since the beginning of June. He has a knack for solid contact and has the potential to hit .280 with 20 home runs, but will need a few more years to have a chance to reach his potential.
Jul 29 - 10:24 AM

Padres outfield prospect Rymer Liriano went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk for Triple-A El Paso on Monday.

Liriano has been on fire over his first six games in the Pacific Coast League, going 11-for-23 with three doubles. He has the potential to go 20/20 while hitting .280, and could see time in San Diego as soon as the beginning of 2015.
Jul 29 - 10:19 AM

Brewer shortstop prospect Orlando Arcia went 2-for-3 with a walk for High-A Brevard County on Monday.

Arcia is hitting .291/.343/.404 with 22 doubles, five triples, three home runs, and 16 stolen bases for the season. The 19-year old native of Venezuela is the younger brother of Twins outfielder Oswaldo, and has a good chance to stay at shortstop in the long term. He lacks meaningful power, but has the potential to be a good defensive shortstop who hits .270 with 15 stolen bases.
Jul 29 - 10:04 AM

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports writes that there "doesn't appear to be a great market" for Mets' right-hander Bartolo Colon.

Colon has posted a 3.88 ERA and 1.16 WHIP over 21 starts this season, but he's 41 years old and under contract for $11 million next season, so there is some hesitation about dealing for him. However, things could change in a hurry if teams move on from more high-profile names like Jon Lester, Cole Hamels, David Price, and John Lackey. The Mets could wait until August to make a deal or possibly move him over the offseason.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 29 - 10:00 AM

Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that the Royals are one of multiple teams interested in Andrew Miller.

The Pirates and Braves have also been linked to Miller in recent days. The 29-year-old left-hander owns a fine 2.45 ERA and 65/13 K/BB ratio over 40 1/3 innings this season. He's due to become a free agent this offseason.
Source: WEEI.com
Jul 29 - 9:50 AM

Royals prospect second baseman Cheslor Cuthbert went 2-for-4 for Double-A Northwest Arkansas on Monday.

Cuthbert started the game at second base, and committed his second error in as many games. He has been hot as of late, hitting .385/.442/.615 during his 10-game hitting streak, and .311/.366/.467 over his last 32 games. Cuthbert has primarily played first base over the past month, but is slowly beginning the transition to second base to see if he can turn into an adequate second baseman, which will give his bat more opportunities to be in the lineup.
Jul 29 - 9:42 AM
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