Jon Griffin of the Double-A Mobile BayBears broke a minor league record over the past couple of days: he hit five home runs in five consecutive plate appearances. Four in the first game Wednesday and a fifth on Thursday in his first at-bat. You can see video of it here.
Griffin, 25, is a first baseman/DH, and the Dbacks really don’t need one of those, but it’s cool to see such an accomplishment. He has ten homers on the year. He hit ten last year, but earlier in his minor league career had seasons with 26 and 28. Maybe this will open someone’s eyes to him and give him a chance where his path to the bigs is less problematic.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts announced on Monday that Hyun-Jin Ryu will open the regular season in the starting rotation, MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports.
Ryu, 30, missed the entire 2015 season and made only one start last season due to shoulder and elbow injuries. The lefty has looked solid in three spring appearances, however, yielding a lone run on five hits and a walk with eight strikeouts in nine innings.
With Scott Kazmir likely to begin the season on the disabled list, that leaves Alex Wood and Brandon McCarthy to battle it out for the fifth spot in the Dodgers’ rotation.
Royals outfielder Jorge Soler has been diagnosed with a strained oblique, making it likely that he begins the regular season on the disabled list, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.
The Royals acquired Soler from the Cubs in December in exchange for reliever Wade Davis. Over parts of three seasons with the Cubs, Soler hit .258/.328/.434 with 27 home runs and 98 RBI in 765 plate appearances.
When he’s healthy, Soler is expected to find himself in the Royals’ lineup as a right fielder and occasionally as a designated hitter.