Brewers left-handed pitching prospect Jed Bradley threw six shutout innings for High-A Brevard County.
Bradley struck out five and allowed only two singles in his effort. While he has had two consecutive good starts, Bradley is in his third consecutive season with High-A Brevard County and sports a 4.70 ERA for the season, which is lower than his 4.93 career ERA in Brevard County. He was one of two first round picks for the Brewers in 2011, neither of which have been able to reach the major leagues.
Astros purchased the contract of LHP Raul Valdes from Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Valdes was designated for assignment by Houston at the end of spring training, but he cleared waivers and will now have an opportunity to lock down a big-league bullpen job. The 36-year-old had fanned six batters over 3 2/3 innings this season at the Triple-A level.
Astros optioned LHP Kevin Chapman to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Chapman had allowed five earned runs in 3 2/3 innings of relief this season for Houston. The 26-year-old lefty should get another shot later in the summer.
Yankees right-handed pitching prospect Rafael DePaula struck out seven batters while allowing only one run in six innings for High-A Tampa on Wednesday night.
He allowed two hits (both doubles) and two walks, lowering his ERA to 2.51 and his WHIP to 1.047. DePaula boasts an electric mid-90s fastball that has enough movement to generate strikeouts, but he has poor command and issues too many walks. The Yankees are using him as a starter, but the 23-year old DePaula is old for a prospect in High-A, and he could be in the Bronx in short order if he were to be moved to relief.
Blue Jays right-handed pitching prospect Marcus Stroman struck out nine batters in 5 1/3 innings on Wednesday night for Triple-A Buffalo.
Stroman allowed only five hits and did not surrender a walk, lowering his ERA to 1.17 for the season. Stroman struggled in spring training, but he has a career-best 12.3 K/9 for the season to go with his 1.174 WHIP. If he continues to shine, look for Stroman to get the call to Toronto in the event of an injury or doubleheader.
Brett Jackson has been placed on the disabled list at Triple-A Iowa with a right oblique strain.
The recovery timetable for an oblique strain is usually 3-5 weeks. Jackson was batting just .121/.194/.273 through 36 plate appearances this season for Iowa. The 25-year-old former top prospect is quickly falling off the radar.
Cardinals left-hander Tyler Lyons yielded one run while striking out six Wednesday for Triple-A Memphis.
He allowed five hits (though three were doubles) and one walk, lowering his season ERA to 3.32. Lyons is likely to take Joe Kelly's (hamstring) rotation spot and could make a few starts for St. Louis. Lyons put up a 4.75 ERA (though a 3.73 FIP) in 12 appearances (eight starts) for the Cardinals in 2013, striking out 43 batters in 53 innings (7.3 K/9), so he could be a good streaming option in deeper fantasy leagues.
Casey Janssen has been shut down temporarily with renewed discomfort in his lower back.
Janssen threw a scoreless rehab inning on Tuesday but woke up the next day with a sore back. He has been on the disabled list since the end of spring training with a strained muscle in his lower back and abdomen. Sergio Santos remains the Blue Jays' closer.