Colorado demoting Ian Stewart to the minors after the 26-year-old veteran of 1,300 plate appearances got off to a slow start seemed odd to me and the Rockies have now called him back up from Triple-A just two weeks later.
Stewart predictably knocked around Triple-A pitching, hitting .361 with three homers and a 1.250 OPS in 11 games, and called the two-week demotion “humbling.”
Ty Wigginton and Jose Lopez were both given looks as the primary third baseman in Stewart’s absence, but presumably the Rockies aren’t so intent on jerking Stewart around that they’d demote him to the minors and then recall him to do anything but play regularly.
Of course, when you’re demoting multi-year starters to Triple-A because they have 26 poor at-bats to begin a season it becomes tough to predict anything.
Update (9:38 PM ET): The Tigers will receive minor leaguers Wilkel Hernandez and Troy Montgomery from the Angels, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Hernandez, 18, was signed by the Angels as an international free agent out of Venezuela in July 2015. This past year, in rookie ball, Hernandez posted a 2.64 ERA with a 44/22 K/BB ratio in 44 1/3 innings. MLB Pipeline rated him the Angels’ 24th-best prospect.
Montgomery, 23, was selected by the Angels in the eighth round of the 2016 draft. Between Single-A Burlington, High-A Inland Empire, and Double-A Mobile, Montgomery batted an aggregate .271/.358/.413 with eight home runs, 38 RBI, 62 runs scored, and 15 stolen bases in 434 plate appearances. MLB Pipeline rated him as the Angels’ 20th-best prospect.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Angels will acquire second baseman Ian Kinsler from the Tigers. It is not known yet what the Tigers will receive in return. Kinsler had to waive his no-trade clause in order for the deal to happen.
Kinsler, 35, hit .236/.313/.412 with 22 home runs, 52 RBI, 90 runs scored, and 14 stolen bases in 613 plate appearances for the Tigers this past season. He’s in the final year of his contract and will earn $10 million for the 2018 season.
The Angels were certainly looking to upgrade at second base and did so with Kinsler. They were also reportedly interested in Cesar Hernandez of the Phillies.