Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com has a story about Yoelkis Cespedes Maceo, the younger half-brother of Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.
Yoelkis is only 19 and he’s a lot smaller than Yoenis, but many are saying he’s just as good if not better than his older half-brother. Currently he’s wowing them in Mexico as his Cuban team plays in a tournament of winter league champions. He’ll return to Cuba after that and, at the moment, says he has no plans to leave. Which is what a Cuban player who planned to leave would say just as readily as one who truly didn’t, but that’s another story altogether.
Given the changes in rules with respect to political asylum for Cubans coming to American, where Cuban players can play professionally or not and the salary cap now imposed on international free agents, Yoelkis Cespedes’ professional career will take a different path than did Yoenis’ and will likely bring him less money. But if his talent is on par with his brother’s, we will be seeing him at some point in the future.
Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox are calling up third base prospect Rafael Devers. He’ll be in Seattle for the start of the three-game set between the Sox and Mariners.
Devers, 20, is the top prospect in the Boston system according to MLB Pipeline. He has spent most of his season with Double-A Portland, where he hit .300/.369/.575 with 18 home runs and 56 RBI in 320 plate appearances. He was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket after the All-Star break. In eight games with Pawtucket, Devers hit .355/.412/.581 with two home runs and four RBI.
There is still just over a week until the non-waiver trade deadline, but perhaps the Red Sox seem confident Devers can be the answer to the third base problem.
It’s not a good day if you’re a star starting pitcher. First Clayton Kershaw, now Stephen Strasburg. The Nationals’ right-hander lasted only two innings in Sunday’s start against the Diamondbacks, leaving with an apparent injury. Strasburg held the D-Backs to a hit and three walks with two strikeouts without allowing a run. Matt Grace relieved him in the third inning.
Including Strasburg’s two innings on Sunday, he’s carrying a 3.25 ERA with a 141/37 K/BB ratio in 121 2/3 innings.
The Nationals should pass along word on Strasburg’s condition shortly.