Despite having played in only 36 games this season, Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson is neck-and-neck with the Twins’ Miguel Sano and the Indians’ Jose Ramirez in All-Star voting. According to MLB.com’s Joe Trezza, Donaldson trails Sano by a little over 93,000 votes and Ramirez by less than 60,000.
Blue Jays play-by-play broadcaster Mike Wilner spoke to Donaldson about his All-Star candidacy and the 2015 AL MVP was candid. He said, “I’m not an All-Star, look at my numbers.”
Donaldson has hit .265/.366/.508 with eight home runs and 20 RBI in 153 plate appearances. Comparatively, Ramirez and Sano have been to the plate twice as often. Ramirez has hit .322/.377/.557 with 12 home runs, 36 RBI, and nine stolen bases while Sano has hit .274/.375/.548 with 18 home runs and 53 RBI.
Of course, since fans are voting, this is not a meritocracy; it’s a popularity contest. If Donaldson gets a strong late push, he very well could be starting for the American League at third base in the All-Star Game.
Newly acquired third baseman Todd Frazier spent his first five games with the Yankees on the road, playing once in Minnesota and four games in Seattle. He was set to take his first at-bat as a Yankee at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night against the Reds. Unfortunately, things didn’t quite go how he likely expected them.
The Yankees quickly loaded the bases on consecutive singles from Matt Holliday, Didi Gregorius, and Chase Headley to lead off the bottom of the second inning. That brought up Frazier in his first at-bat at Yankee Stadium. He got ahead in the count 3-1 against Luis Castillo before hitting a sharp grounder to shortstop Jose Peraza. Gregorius went back to second base because he thought the ball had a chance to be caught on a line. Peraza stepped on the second base bag, then fired to first base for the double play. Votto then threw across the diamond to Eugenio Suarez at third base, catching Gregorius out in no man’s land. Holliday scored in the meantime, breaking a 0-0 tie, but Gregorius was eventually called out for running out of the base line in a run down.
Frazier entered the evening with just two hits (both singles) and one walk in 18 plate appearances as a Yankee.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Brewers have agreed to a deal with the White Sox for reliever Anthony Swarzak. The White Sox will receive 3B/OF Ryan Cordell in return.
It’s no secret that the 53-48 first-place Brewers are on the hunt for relief help. While closer Corey Knebel has been great, the Brewers have been shaky leading up to the ninth inning as Carlos Torres owns a 4.65 ERA and Oliver Drake 5.05.
Swarzak, 31, has posted a 2.23 ERA with a 52/13 K/BB ratio in 48 1/3 innings this season. He can become a free agent after the season.
Cordell, 25, hit .284/.349/.506 with 10 home runs and 45 RBI in 292 plate appearances at Triple-A Colorado Springs. He’s the Brewers’ No. 17 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline.