Trevor Bauer is now one step away from the majors less than 12 months after being the No. 3 overall pick in last year’s draft, as the Diamondbacks have promoted the 21-year-old right-hander from Double-A to Triple-A.
Bauer struggled with his control at Double-A, walking 26 batters in 48 innings, but was nearly unhittable with a 1.68 ERA, 11.1 strikeouts per nine innings, and a .192 opponents’ batting average.
Toss in the seven starts he made late last season after signing for $7 million and Bauer now has 103 strikeouts versus just 60 hits allowed in 74 total innings as a pro. He’s one of the elite handful of pitching prospects in all of baseball and it’s only a matter of time before he’s headlining Arizona’s rotation.
The Braves have signed reliever Blaine Boyer to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports. Bowman adds that the right-hander has a “good chance” to make the Braves’ bullpen out of spring training.
Boyer, 35, spent the past season with the Brewers, finishing with a 3.95 ERA and a 26/17 K/BB ratio in 66 innings.
Boyer, of course, started his professional baseball career with the Braves as they selected him in the third round of the 2000 draft. Since the Braves traded him in 2009, Boyer has pitched for the Cardinals, Diamondbacks, Mets, Padres, and Twins along with the Brewers.
Update (6:48 PM EST): Topkin reports the contract will be of the major league variety.
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays and free agent reliever Shawn Tolleson are close to finalizing a contract.
Tolleson, who turns 29 years old on Thursday, had an ugly 2016 season, finishing with a 7.68 ERA and a 29/10 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. He was one of the Rangers’ best relievers in the two seasons prior to that, however, which included saving 35 games in 2015.