It took 15 games for Bryce Harper to hit his first homer and less than 24 hours to go deep again, as the 19-year-old phenom homered off Padres starter Anthony Bass this afternoon.
Harper now has two homers and six doubles in 58 at-bats, which is a pretty remarkable pace for extra-base hits. That works out to about 80 total extra-base hits per 160 games and to put that in some context last season only Jacoby Ellsbury (83) and Robinson Cano (81) topped that mark among all MLB batters.
Obviously he’s unlikely to maintain that pace for an entire season as a teenager and Harper is only hitting .241 with a .318 on-base percentage, but the jaw-dropping power potential that everyone raved about in the minors is already here.
UPDATE: According to Jayson Stark of ESPN.com the last teenager to homer on back-to-back days was Ken Griffey Jr. in 1989.
According to FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman, free agent reliever Joba Chamberlain has a deal with the Brewers. No confirmation or terms of the contract have been confirmed by the team yet.
Chamberlain, 31, had a promising resurgence in the Indians’ bullpen during 2016. He shaved his ERA down to a modest 2.25 mark over 20 innings with Cleveland, paired with an 8.1 SO/9 and less-than-stellar 5.0 BB/9 rate. Over a decade in the major leagues, the right-hander holds a career 3.81 ERA, 8.8 SO/9 and 3.7 BB/9 rate.
The veteran righty was released by the Indians in July after refusing re-assignment. He’s expected to compete for a major league role this spring.
After letting rumors of the deal percolate for the last week, the Athletics officially announced their two-year, $11 million contract with right-hander Santiago Casilla on Friday (and threw a little bit of shade at the Giants, too). As previously reported, the contract includes an extra $3 million in performance bonuses.
Casilla, 36, got his major league start with Oakland back in 2004, racking up a 5.11 ERA and four saves over six seasons in the A’s bullpen. After picking up a minor league deal with the Giants in 2010, the righty flitted in and out of the closing role with varying degrees of success. Notwithstanding a slight downturn in his production rate during the 2016 season, he earned 123 saves and a 2.42 ERA during the past seven years in San Francisco. Securing another closing role might be a little tougher across the Bay, however, with a bullpen that includes fellow closers Ryan Madson, Ryan Dull and Sean Doolittle.