Dodgers prospect LHP Julio Urias was brilliant on Monday for Double-A Tulsa, allowing one hit while striking out 10 batters in six shutout innings.
It was an outstanding bounce-back performance for the 18-year-old phenom, who surrendered five earned runs in six innings his last time out. Urias has been scored in just one of his four starts this season, and he now owns a 2.18 ERA, 0.77 WHIP and 26/3 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 20 2/3 innings. The sky is the limit with Urias, the consensus top left-handed pitching prospect in baseball, though it’s hard to envision the Dodgers rushing him to the major leagues this season, even with the ongoing concerns regarding the team’s starting rotation.
Alex Rodriguez is not in Tuesday's starting lineup against the Rays.
A-Rod is getting the day off with right-hander Jake Odorizzi on the hill for Tampa Bay. Garrett Jones will serve as the DH and bat sixth. Rodriguez will presumably be back in there Wednesday against left-hander Drew Smyly. He's currently sitting on 659 career home runs, just one shy of tying Willie Mays for fourth on the all-time list.
Wilson Ramos is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Braves.
He'll take a seat against right-hander Julio Teheran. Jose Lobaton will catch rookie A.J. Cole and bat sixth.
Rockies prospect RHP Jon Gray was rocked for seven earned runs on 10 hits in just 3 2/3 innings on Monday for Triple-A Albuquerque.
He struck out three and walked a pair in the outing. It’s been a brutal start to the season for the 23-year-old Gray, who is widely regarded as one of baseball’s premier pitching prospects. His 10.70 ERA through four starts is a product of 32 hits allowed and eight walks in 17 2/3 innings, though he has fanned 17 batters during that span. While the Pacific Coast League is notorious for being hitter friendly, Gray’s struggles are tied to his decreased fastball velocity and inability to throw his slider with consistent bite, neither of which was perceived as a potential issue when he was drafted. Gray still has a bright future in the major leagues, but it seems as though he’s more likely to serve as a mid-rotation starter than an ace.
Red Sox recalled OF Jackie Bradley, Jr. from Triple-A Pawtucket.
Bradley will provide some outfield depth with Shane Victorino (hamstring) on the disabled list. The 25-year-old has yet to produce in the majors, but he had a .315/.383/.411 batting line over his first 18 games with the PawSox this season.
Phillies prospect RHP Ben Lively fired seven shutout innings on Monday for Double-A Reading, striking out seven batters.
Lively allowed six hits and one walk in the outing, throwing 66 of 98 pitches for strikes. The 23-year-old owns a 1.42 ERA and 1.05 WHIP through three starts this season, and he’s held opposing hitters to a .212 average while registering a 15/6 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 19 innings. Lively has posted outstanding numbers during his three-year career in the minors, with a 2.47 ERA, 10.3 K/9 and 3.0 BB/9 in 211 innings. However, the quality of the right-hander’s stuff as well as his pitchability suggests the upside of a fourth or fifth starter at maturity. Given the state of the Phillies’ rotation, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Lively reach the major leagues later this season.
Red Sox optioned RHP Steven Wright to Triple-A Pawtucket.
Wright was just called up Monday to provide a fresh arm for Boston's tired bullpen, but he wasn't needed. The 30-year-old should get another shot soon.
Ryan Braun is in Tuesday's lineup against the Reds.
Braun was out of the lineup for the second straight day Monday, but it was apparently a manager's decision. However, he'll bat third Tuesday against Reds ace Johnny Cueto. Braun is hitting just .226 with one home run and a .547 OPS so far this season.