To make room on the roster following today’s trade for Padres outfielder/first baseman Kyle Blanks the A’s have designated first baseman Daric Barton for assignment.
Once upon a time Barton was an elite prospect whom the A’s acquired from the Cardinals along with Dan Haren in the Mark Mulder trade and he showed a lot of promise as a 24-year-old in 2010, drawing a league-high 110 walks on the way to posting a .393 on-base percentage.
However, in four seasons since then he’s hit just .216 with four homers and a .608 OPS in 180 games and Barton’s numbers at Triple-A during that time haven’t been spectacular either. He can draw walks and play good defense, but at first base that isn’t enough to be a quality regular and there’s seemingly a good chance Barton will pass through waivers unclaimed.
Diamondbacks second baseman Daniel Descalso hit his team’s third inside-the-park home run of the season during Thursday’s 4-0 win over the Astros. In the top of the fourth inning, with the score 1-0 and the bases empty, Descalso ripped a 1-0, 83 MPH change-up to right-center field. The ball caromed off the wall, heading towards left field, which sent center Jake Marisnick on the chase. Marisnick tried to pick up the ball with his glove, but dropped it, which sealed Descalso’s destiny for an inside-the-parker.
It had only been five days since the Diamondbacks’ last inside-the-park home run. David Peralta hit one against the Cubs on August 12. Ketel Marte legged out his club’s first ITPHR on July 26 against the Braves.
As ESPN Stats & Info notes, the Diamondbacks have three as a team, which is amazing because the other 29 teams have hit seven combined.
Indians rookie outfielder Bradley Zimmer entered Thursday’s doubleheader against the Twins hitless in the month of August. Having appeared in 13 games, he failed to get a hit in 39 trips to the plate. He knocked in just one run, scored twice, and drew five walks with 16 strikeouts.
It looked like the streak might continue, as Zimmer struck out twice, bunted into an out, and reached on a fielder’s choice in his first four at-bats. Fortunately, he got to face Glen Perkins in the ninth inning. Perkins hadn’t pitched in a major league game since April 10, 2016. Zimmer grounded a single to right field, ending his 0-for-August skid which had reached 43 plate appearances and 36 at-bats.
On the season, Zimmer is batting .245/.316/.400 with eight home runs, 38 RBI, 33 runs scored, and 14 stolen bases in 275 PA.