MLB has suspended Reds prospect Jonathan Correa one year for lying about his age, according to Ben Badler of Baseball America.
Correa, a right-hander who ranked 26th on BA‘s list of the Reds’ top prospects coming into the season, was signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2008 and is currently said to have a September 13, 1990 birth date that would make him 20 years old.
Badler notes that Correa was previously suspended 50 games for performance-enhancing drug use shortly after debuting in 2008 and then missed most of 2009 following Tommy John elbow surgery, so he’s been pretty damn busy for a guy with all of 102 career innings and zero experience above rookie-ball.
When healthy and not suspended Correa has been very good, with a 2.46 ERA and 117/35 K/BB ratio, although that won’t be so impressive if it turns out the 6-foot-1 right-hander is actually 27 years old. It would, however, be even more impressive if it turns out he’s 72, although presumably in that case a former teammate like Jamie Moyer would’ve tipped authorities off to his true identity.
The Athletics followed Friday’s 3-0 shutout with a rookie-led home run derby on Saturday afternoon, watching not one, not two, but three rookies belt their first major league home runs off of the White Sox’ James Shields.
Right fielder Matt Olson was the first to strike, taking Shields deep on a first-pitch, two-run blast in the first inning for his first home run in 49 major league plate appearances:
Fellow outfielder Jaycob Brugman duplicated his teammate’s results in the second inning with a solo home run, his first extra-base hit of any kind since he made his debut on June 9:
In the third, with a comfortable 4-0 lead backing two scoreless frames from Oakland right-hander Daniel Gossett, Franklin Barreto took his shot at Shields. After getting the call several hours prior to Saturday’s game, he became the fastest of the three rookies to record his first big league homer, going yard on a 2-2 changeup and driving in Bruce Maxwell to give the A’s a six-run advantage.
The Athletics currently lead the White Sox 8-2 in the top of the sixth inning.
The Athletics called up their top prospect on Saturday, inserting shortstop Franklin Barreto into the lineup for their second game against the White Sox. Barreto was originally scheduled to make his major league debut on Sunday, but got a head start after Jed Lowrie sustained a minor knee sprain in Friday’s 3-0 win and was scratched from Saturday’s lineup.
Barreto, 21, has been rapidly climbing the rungs of the A’s minor league system after getting dealt by the Blue Jays in 2014. He got his first taste of Triple-A action late last year, going 6-for-17 with three RBI and getting caught stealing in two attempts. He fared little better this spring, slashing .281/.326/.428 with eight home runs and a .754 OPS through his first 309 PA in Nashville.
While his minor league production has been solid, if underwhelming for a prospect of his caliber, the A’s are expected to give the rookie infielder a long leash with both Marcus Semien and Chad Pinder sitting on the disabled list. Pinder landed on the 10-day DL after suffering a left hamstring strain on Friday. Semien, meanwhile, is still working his way back from the 60-day DL with a right wrist fracture and likely won’t rejoin the team until he completes a rehab assignment with High-A Stockton.