Middle infielder Everth Cabrera picked up a minor league contract with the White Sox last week, according to a report by La Prensa in Nicaragua. The 30-year-old has not played professional baseball since 2015, when he was released by the Giants after refusing to play for their Triple-A affiliate when he did not get a September call-up.
Prior to his dispute with the Giants, Cabrera saw some major league action with the Orioles through the first half of 2015, batting .208/.250/.229 with two stolen bases in 105 PA. It’s a far cry from the league-leading 44 bases he stole with the Padres back in 2012, and even though he’s reportedly made strides in the Nicaraguan professional baseball circuit since then, he’ll face some stiff competition for a roster spot in the spring.
As the White Sox roster currently stands, Brett Lawrie figures to have a lock on second base, while Tim Anderson is expected to cover short. Unless Cabrera can prove he’s retained some of the speed that earned him an All-Star nomination in 2013 (or, at the very least, his .283/.355/.381 batting line), it’s difficult to picture him winning a starting role in 2017.
The Baseball Writers Association of America announced on Monday that Tigers starter Michael Fulmer is the 2016 American League Rookie of the Year. He’s the first Tiger to win the award since Justin Verlander in 2006. He’s the first starting pitcher to win the award in the AL since Jeremy Hellickson in 2011 with the Rays.
Fulmer, 23, went 11-7 with a 3.06 ERA and a 132/42 K/BB ratio over 159 innings for the Tigers. He and Verlander anchored an otherwise uninspiring starting rotation.
Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez impressed in the final two months of the season, putting up a 1.032 OPS with 20 homers in 53 games. However, voters likely thought that Fulmer’s effort over a full season was more impressive than Sanchez’s over one-third of a season.
Fulmer was named first in 26 of 30 ballots with Sanchez taking the other four. Indians outfielder Tyler Naquin finished in third place followed by Astros reliever Chris Devenski, Mariners reliever Edwin Diaz, Rangers outfielder Nomar Mazara, and White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson.
Astros shortstop Carlos Correa won the AL ROY last year.
Last month Bill wrote a post noting just how rare it was for a team to score a run in every inning of the game. He was inspired to do so by the Brewers accomplishing the feat against the Braves. Welp, it happened again last night.
The White Sox put 11 runs on the Indians. It wasn’t even the most runs scored by a winning team last night, but they spread their scoring out nicely:
- 1st Jose Abreu grounded out to shortstop scoring Adam Eaton;
- 2nd Omar Narvaez hit a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Avisail García;
- 3rd Abreu doubled to left, scoring Tim Anderson;
- 4th García homered;
- 4th Anderson singled to left, Narvaez scored;
- 5th Narvaez struck out swinging but reached on a passed ball and Abreu scored;
- 6th Eaton homered;
- 7th Tyler Saladino doubled in García;
- 7th Eaton hit an infield single, scoring Saladino;
- 8th Todd Frazier homered
There was no ninth inning scoring because the Sox were the home team, of course. I’m not sure if that counts in the “scored in every inning” records, but I’m gonna say it does because it was cool. If it does, it was the 17th time that has ever happened in a big league game, which is a lot rarer than you’d think. As Bill noted last month, it’s happened fewer times than perfect games have been thrown.