While things have been fairly quiet on the trade front this weekend, the Yankees deepened their international prospect stores after signing outfielder Raimfer Salinas and catcher Antonio Cabello on Friday. Terms of the deals have yet to be officially announced by the club.
Salinas, 16, currently profiles as the sixth-best international prospect on MLBPipeline.com. He’s been recognized for his well-rounded approach at the plate and on the field, but his primary appeal lies with his bat, and he appears to be the best offensive player among the Yankees’ top-10 international talents this year.
Cabello, 17, ranks no. 8 among international prospects with strong arm and run tools and solid defense behind the plate. Per his scouting report at MLBPipeline.com, he’s spent the bulk of his training at catcher but shows the athleticism to convert to second base or center field if need be.
With Salinas and Cabello, the Yankees now have five of the top-20 international prospects from 2017. That pool includes center fielder Everson Pereira (no. 4; signed for $1.5 million in July) and shortstops Ronny Rojas (no. 11; signed for $1 million in September) and Roberto Chirinos (no. 16; signed for $900,000 in July).
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw entered Wednesday night’s start against the Marlins without having issued a walk in his previous three starts. In fact, his last walk came on April 3 when he issued a free pass to Paul Goldschmidt with the bases empty and two outs in the bottom of the first inning. All told, Kershaw was on a streak of 26 walk-less innings before he took the mound at home to take on the Marlins.
Kershaw started off Wednesday in character, striking out the side in the first inning. He issued a walk in a tough second inning, but escaped without allowing a run. Kershaw walked two more in the third and again danced out of danger. In the fourth, Kershaw walked Lewis Brinson to load the bases with no outs and — you guessed it — didn’t end up allowing a run. His errant control finally came back to bite him in the fifth when Kershaw issued back-to-back two-out walks, then served up a three-run home run to Miguel Rojas down the left field line. His night was done when he completed the inning. Five innings, three runs, five hits, six walks, seven strikeouts, 112 pitches.
The six walks Kershaw issued over five innings marked his first six-walk outing since April 7, 2010 when he issued six free passes to the Pirates in 4 2/3 innings. The only other time he walked as many was on August 3, 2009 against the Brewers in a four-plus inning outing. Kershaw hasn’t even walked five batters in an outing recently — the last time was September 23, 2012 against the Reds.