Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik confirmed Sunday that Taijuan Walker has left Surprise in the Arizona Fall League to return to his home in California.
The M's noted that he is fully healthy, and that it was a personal decision for Walker to return home. The prized right-hander was scheduled to throw 30 innings in the Fall showcase after missing time during the regular season due to a shoulder injury. He threw just nine innings, allowing a pair of runs on seven hits while posting an 11/2 K/BB ratio. He will continue his regular offseason training program and is expected to be fully ready for spring training.
Susan Slusser of the Oakland Chronicle reports that the Athletics are interested in Dave Hansen for their hitting coach vacancy.
Hansen currently serves as the assistant hitting coach for the division-rival Angels. Chili Davis had spent the previous three seasons in the role for the A's, but agreed to a deal with the Red Sox on Sunday to serve in that same capacity.
Rob Bradford of WEEI reports that the Red Sox have reached an agreement with Chili Davis to become the team's new hitting coach.
Davis, who was widely coveted for many openings, interviewed with the Boston brass on Friday. Davis spent the previous three seasons serving as the hitting coach for the Oakland Athletics. Terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed.
Diamondbacks top pitching prospect Archie Bradley was knocked around in his latest Arizona Fall League start on Saturday against Mesa, surrendering seven runs (four earned) on three hits in his two-plus innings of work.
The biggest culprit for his demise in this one was a lack of command, evidenced by four free passes in his two-plus innings. He did manage to record a pair of strikeouts before departing. The 22-year-old had difficulty after a mid-season promotion to Double-A Mobile where he registered a 4.12 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 46/36 K/BB ratio over 54 2/3 innings. Until he can deliver the ball over the plate consistently, he won't be a legitimate option to join the Diamondbacks rotation.
Indians prospect Jordan Smith delivered a walkoff RBI double to provide a much-needed 4-3 victory for Peoria over Scottsdale in Arizona Fall League action on Saturday.
In was Smith's lone hit in five at-bats on the evening. The 24-year-old outfielder is looking to improve his stock in Arizona after a disappointing 2014 campaign in which he hit just .248/.300/.331 with a pair of homers and 50 RBI in 126 games at Double-A Akron.