First baseman Beau Mills, the 13th overall selection in the 2007 draft, was traded from the Indians to the Reds for cash considerations Thursday night, ending his disappointing stint in the Cleveland system.
Mills, the son of then Red Sox coach and now Astros manager Brad Mills, was viewed as a potential 25- or 30-homer guy when the Indians selected him out of Lewis-Clark State, but he was a disappointment right away, finishing at .261/.337/.424 with just six homers in 245 at-bats in his pro debut in A ball in 2007. Through six years, he’s a lifetime .267/.330/.444 hitter with 76 homers in 2,146 at-bats.
Mills is 25 now and has very little defensive value, so he’s going to have to bash if he’s ever going to get an opportunity in the majors. He’ll begin his Reds career at Double-A Pensacola.
As far as ejections go, this is one of the stranger ones you’ll hear about. Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre was ejected in the bottom of the eighth inning of a game his team trailed at the time 18-6. Beltre was a few feet away from the circle towards home plate and was asked by Marlins pitcher Drew Steckenrider to get into the circle. So rather than step a few feet back to his right, Beltre picked up the circle and dragged it to where he was. And that got him ejected by second base umpire Gerry Davis. Manager Jeff Banister was also ejected after having a word with Davis.
Here’s a video from Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports:
Beltre, by the way, went 3-for-3 with a walk, a pair of doubles, and a solo home run. He’s now four hits away from 3,000 for his career.
Phillies shortstop prospect J.P. Crawford’s stock has fallen sharply this season. He had an abysmal first three months, batting .203/.321/.276 in 291 plate appearances. Baseball America rated him the 12th overall prospect in baseball going into the season and rated him No. 92 in their midseason top 100. It was bad.
Since the calendar turned to July, however, Crawford has been more like his normal self. In 92 at-bats this month entering Wednesday night’s action, he was hitting .300/.391/.650 with six home runs, 13 RBI, 18 runs scored, and a terrific 15/12 K/BB ratio.
Crawford padded his stats more on Wednesday night as he circled the bases for an inside-the-park grand slam. Via the IronPigs Twitter:
Crawford was actually dead-to-rights at home, but he fooled the catcher with a great late slide.
Crawford finished 1-for-3 with a walk along with the slam on the night as the IronPigs beat the Gwinnett Braves 8-2.