According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com the Giants are “letting teams know Nate Schierholtz is available.”
Crasnick writes that Schierholtz “could be the odd man out” once Andres Torres returns from the disabled list and the Giants’ outfield situation will get even more crowded once they deem Brandon Belt ready to return from a demotion to Triple-A.
However, it’s tough to see Schierholtz having much trade value. At age 27 he’s never gotten more than 308 plate appearances in a season and is a career .268 hitter with a .311 on-base percentage and .399 slugging percentage.
At best he might be useful as a platoon starter who sits versus left-handed pitching, but with just 10 homers in 730 at-bats and a terrible 129/41 K/BB ratio Schierholtz lacks the power or plate discipline to be a productive regular in an outfield corner.
Red Sox catcher Sandy Leon achieved a rare feat during Monday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition against the Orioles: he homered twice in one inning. One of those homers happened to be a grand slam.
Leon led off the top of the fifth inning with a solo home run off of Logan Verrett. Verrett continued to get knocked around, giving up three singles and a walk before being relieved by Brian Moran. Moran gave up a walk to load the bases, then a single to knock in a run and keep the bases loaded. Leon stepped back to the plate and swatted a grand slam to left field, making it an eight-run fifth for the Red Sox. The Sox would tack on one more before the inning was mercifully ended.
How often do players homer twice in one inning during the regular season? Not that often. Since 2010, the feat has been accomplished four times in the American League and twice in the National League. The Orioles’ Mark Trumbo was the only one to do it last year.
As for Leon, he’s on track to open the season as the starting catcher in Boston, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reported last week.
The Phillies announced on Monday that the club released veteran catchers Ryan Hanigan and Bryan Holaday. Both were competing for the back-up catcher spot on the team’s 25-man roster. With both out of the picture, that means Andrew Knapp has won that honor.
Knapp, 25, hit a combined .266/.330/.390 with eight home runs and 46 RBI in 443 plate appearances last year at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He did not have a great spring but has hit well as of late, which likely pushed him ahead of Hanigan and Holaday. Knapp will serve as the understudy to starting catcher Cameron Rupp.