Mets pitching prospect John Gant fanned 10 hitters over eight shutout frames Monday for High-A St. Lucie.
After a subpar showing in Binghamton earlier this year, Gant has looked like a completely different pitcher in six outings for St. Lucie. He's punched out 48 hitters in that span with a stunning 1.79 ERA. The 22-year-old is ready for another shot at Double-A. Expect a promotion in the near future.
Athletics optioned INF Max Muncy to Triple-A Nashville.
Muncy batted .203/.273/.367 with two home runs across 88 plate appearances with the A's. The 24-year-old corner infielder has posted big numbers at Triple-A and should get another shot in the majors soon enough.
Yankees 1B prospect Greg Bird hammered his fifth home run of the season Monday in a win for Double-A Trenton.
He hadn't homered since June 10. The 22-year-old's batting average is nothing to write home about (.246 in 167 at-bats this season) but his lifetime .397 on base percentage and his relatively low strikeout rate (29 Ks this year) make him an interesting prospect. He might be New York's best in-house option to replace Mark Teixeira when his contract expires after the 2016 season.
White Sox pitching prospect Terance Marin hurled seven shutout innings Tuesday for Triple-A Charlotte.
Onelki Garcia blew the save, denying Marin what would have been his fifth victory of the season. Two of those wins came during a 10-game stint with Tijuana. Marin hasn't allowed a run in his last 29 innings. The five strikeouts he recorded Tuesday were his most since joining Charlotte on June 8.
Matt Carpenter is out of Tuesday's lineup against the White Sox.
Chris Sale is on the hill for the White Sox, so it's not a bad time to give Carpenter a bit of a breather. Mark Reynolds will start at third base while Xavier Scruggs plays first.
Kolten Wong is not in Tuesday's lineup against the White Sox.
The Cardinals had a scheduled off-day on Monday, so manager Mike Matheny is likely just using this as an opportunity to give him some extra rest. Pete Kozma will start at second base while Peter Bourjos will bat leadoff. Chris Sale is on the mound for Chicago.
James Loney (finger) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with High-A Charlotte.
Loney, out since May 24 with a broken left middle finger, will DH in his return to game action. He has a good chance to return prior to the All-Star break.
Tigers OF prospect Steven Moya broke out of a 6-for-36 slump by belting two homers Monday in a win for Triple-A Toledo.
Both homers were solo shots. Moya now has 11 blasts in 277 at-bats this season. Unfortunately, he's also stuck out 95 times over that same stretch. It's doubtful Moya will ever hit for a high average in the major leagues but his raw power could be enough to earn a promotion later this season. The 23-year-old is No. 84 on MLB.com's top prospect list.