After posting a 1.68 ERA and 60/26 K/BB ratio in 48 1/3 innings over his first eight starts at the Double-A level this season, Diamondbacks’ prospect Trevor Bauer made his debut with Triple-A Reno last night. And he was dominant.
Bauer, who was selected No. 3 overall in last June’s First-Year Player Draft, limited the Astros’ Triple-A affiliate to one run on four hits over eight innings. The lone blemish was a home run by former Athletics’ catcher Landon Powell in his final inning of work. The 21-year-old right-hander matched his career-high with 11 strikeouts while walking one and threw 73 out of 113 pitches for strikes. He has worked seven innings or more and exceeded 100 pitches in each of his last three starts.
Bauer’s command and control has been an issue at times in his brief pro career, but he’s undoubtedly on the fast track to the big leagues. He figures to join the Diamondbacks’ rotation at some point this summer.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Royals have signed free agent reliever Neftali Feliz, pending a physical. The Brewers designated Feliz for assignment last week and released him on Monday.
Feliz, 29, opened the season as the Brewers’ closer, but struggled and was eventually taken out of the role in mid-May, giving way to Corey Knebel. In 29 appearances spanning 27 innings with the Brewers, Feliz posted a 6.00 ERA with a 21/15 K/BB ratio.
The Royals have had bullpen issues of their own, so Feliz will try to provide some stability given his track record. It’s not clear yet if the Royals want to let Feliz get his feet wet at Triple-A or throw him right into the bullpen mix.
Newsday’s Marc Carig reports that the Mets may move Asdrubal Cabrera to second base when he returns from the disabled list. Cabrera has been on the disabled list since June 13 with a sprained left thumb, but he’s expected to be activated on Friday.
Cabrera, 31, last played second base in 2014 with the Nationals. He has played shortstop exclusively as a Met the last two seasons. Jose Reyes would continue to play shortstop if the Mets were to go through with the position change. Cabrera would displace T.J. Rivera, who has been playing second base in place of the injured Neil Walker.
In 196 plate appearances this season, Cabrera is hitting .244/.321/.392 with six home runs and 20 RBI. He has made 11 defensive errors, which is tied for the third-most among shortstops behind Tim Anderson (16) and Dansby Swanson (12).