Daily Dose: Seeing The Future

Daily Dose: Seeing The Future
Nate Grimm touches on the highlights from the Futures Game, Marlon Byrd rumors and some pitchers returning to action in Monday's Daily Dose.
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Cubs prospect 3B Jeimer Candelario went 2-for-3 with two home runs and four RBI on Sunday for Low-A Kane County.

The 20-year-old has had a disappointing season thus far with a .212/.288/.369 batting line in 83 games between both A-ball levels, but he's still shown solid power with eight home runs and 18 doubles during that span. Candelario also has shown signs of turning things around as of late with a 1.275 OPS, three home runs and five doubles over his last 10 games for Kane County. In his 2013 full-season debut at Kane County, he batted .256/.346/.396 with 11 home runs, 35 doubles and an 88-66 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 130 games.
Jul 14 - 12:51 PM

Bud Norris allowed three earned runs over 4 1/3 innings Monday in a start at Double-A Bowie.

Norris walked five and allowed four hits, but he also struck out seven. The right-hander was optioned to Double-A Bowie last Thursday so that he could get in work over the All-Star break after missing close to three weeks with a groin strain. Norris is expected to return to the Orioles' rotation next Monday to face the Angels.
Jul 14 - 12:47 PM

Orioles prospect C Chance Sisco went 3-for-4 with two doubles and four RBI on Sunday for Low-A Delmarva.

Sisco has been impressive this year in his first full professional season, as the 19-year-old is now batting .353/.414/.482 to go along with four home runs, 21 doubles and 48 RBI through 72 games. Sisco has been especially hot since the beginning of June, with a robust .407/.463/.552 batting line, 16 extra-base hits, 33 RBI and a 22-15 strikeout-to-walk in 37 games. However, Sisco's .467 BABIP during that span suggests his batting average will regress during the second half.
Jul 14 - 12:44 PM

White Sox prospect IF/OF Marcus Semien went 3-for-4 with a home run, two doubles and three RBI on Sunday for Triple-A Charlotte.

He also scored three runs and drew a walk in the game. Semien struggled last month after receiving a demotion to Triple-A, as the 23-year-old batted just .188/.292/.365 over 27 games. In July, however, Semien's bat has come alive to the tune of a .333/.429/.604 batting line, two home runs, seven doubles and 15 RBI through 12 games. He also has emerged as a super utility man, as he's seen time at numerous positions including second and third base, shortstop and left field. Expect Semien to return to the major leagues at some point during the second half of the season.
Jul 14 - 12:38 PM

Red Sox prospect SS Deven Marrero went 4-for-5 with two doubles and six RBI on Sunday for Triple-A Pawtucket.

Marrero, 23, is enjoying a breakout performance in his second full professional season, with Sunday's big game pushing his 2014 batting line to .296/.369/.431. The shortstop also has five home runs, 23 doubles, 47 RBI, and 13 steals. Since his promotion to Triple-A earlier this month, Marrero has batted .326/.356/.419 with four doubles and eight RBI in 11 games. Boston's infield situation is already overcrowded, but it's clear Marrero has at least worked his way into the conversation.
Jul 14 - 12:33 PM

Taijuan Walker is scheduled to make another start for Triple-A Tacoma on Thursday in Reno.

Walker allowed just one run over five innings Saturday in Tacoma's defeat of the Giants' Triple-A team, but he struck out only one batter and needed 83 pitches to get through five frames -- which didn't sit well with Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon. "I guess I see things differently than most people," McClendon said Sunday. "I don't see that as a good outing. Five innings, 83 pitches and one strikeout, that's not a good outing to me. And I'm not trying to bash the kid." Walker was expected to rejoin the Mariners' rotation shortly after the All-Star break, but that's not a given now.
Jul 14 - 12:31 PM

Cubs prospect OF Jorge Soler went 3-for-5 with two home runs and five RBI on Sunday for Double-A Tennessee.

He also scored two runs and struck out twice in the game. The 22-year-old has been red hot since returning from the disabled list (hamstring) earlier this month, batting .522/.577/1.261 with five home runs, two doubles and 10 RBI over his last seven contests. On the season, Soler is batting .426/.491/.936 with five homers, nine doubles, 17 RBI, six walks and 11 strikeouts through 14 games at Double-A Tennessee.
Jul 14 - 12:28 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Royals have made Jonny Gomes a "potential target."

Kansas City is searching for a right-handed bat and Gomes, who will be a free agent this winter, should be one of the easier ones to get. He's batting just .234 with a .680 OPS in 67 total games this season for Boston, but the 33-year-old corner outfielder owns a career .266/.351/.461 slash line against left-handed pitching.
Jul 14 - 11:41 AM
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