Atlanta released veteran reliever Scott Proctor this morning and filled his roster spot by calling up 20-year-old phenom Arodys Vizcaino from Triple-A.
Viczaino was acquired from the Yankees in the December of 2009 deal for Javier Vazquez and cracked Baseball America‘s top 100 prospects list coming into the season despite spending most of last year at low Single-A.
He’s blitzed through the minors this season, going from high Single-A to Double-A to Triple-A. And now the hard-throwing right-hander is in the majors three months before his 21st birthday.
Vizcaino has been working out of the bullpen since arriving at Triple-A last month, allowing just one earned run in seven innings, so the Braves are looking at him as a late-inning relief option down the stretch. And the potential is certainly there to dominate alongside the two-headed Craig Kimbrel-Jonny Venters monster, as Vizcaino racked up 100 strikeouts in 97 total innings between the three levels and held opponents to a .234 batting average.
The Twins have reportedly signed free agent shortstop Erick Aybar to a minor-league deal, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune reported Friday. FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman adds that the deal comes with a potential $1.25 million if Aybar reaches the majors, with additional incentives based on plate appearances. He’ll be able to opt out on March 27. The team has yet to confirm the signing.
Aybar, 34, is now four years removed from his career year in 2014. He’s been in a state of steady decline since then, slashing just .234/.300/.348 with seven home runs and 11 stolen bases over 370 plate appearances for the Padres in 2017. His poor performance wasn’t helped by a fractured left foot, either, which cost him almost six weeks on the disabled list.
Still, the Twins see something promising in the veteran infielder, and reportedly intend to use him as another utility option this spring. Per Neal, Aybar will join fellow backup infielders Eduardo Escobar and Ehire Adrianza and may even (temporarily) take over for Miguel Sano at third base if Sano isn’t able to shape up for the role by Opening Day.