The beginning of the second half saw a big influx of prospect promotions. The Rockies were among the teams doing so, calling up outfield prospect David Dahl on July 25.
Dahl has lived up to expectations in his first 10 games, registering a hit in each of them. He has 11 singles, a double, and three home runs — including one hit on Thursday night — in 40 plate appearances as of this writing.
MLB Pipeline rated Dahl as the Rockies’ second-best prospect behind middle infielder Brendan Rodgers.
Outfielder Jay Bruce went 0-for-4 in his Mets debut on Tuesday and followed up with an 0-for-5 performance on Wednesday. Not exactly the start Bruce envisioned when he joined a contending team.
Bruce was 0-for-2 when he stepped to the plate with runners on first and second base and two outs in the top of the fifth inning against Yankees starter Nathan Eovaldi. He worked the count 1-1, then lifted an 85 MPH slider to right-center field at Yankee Stadium, pushing it beyond the fence into the Yankees’ bullpen.
With three RBI, Bruce temporarily retakes the National League lead in RBI at 83. Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado entered Thursday night with 82.
On Monday, after acquiring starter Francisco Liriano from the Pirates, Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins told the media the club planned to move All-Star starter Aaron Sanchez back to the bullpen. It seemed peculiar since Sanchez currently owns an AL-best 2.71 ERA along with an 11-1 record and a 118/41 K/BB ratio in 139 1/3 innings.
Atkins has changed his mind. Per Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi, Sanchez will stay in the Jays’ starting rotation for the time being. The Jays will use a six-man rotation, an idea supported by the members of that rotation. Davidi adds that the Jays will monitor Sanchez from start to start and will proceed based on how he feels.
Sanchez pitched 133 1/3 innings last season between the minors and the majors, a career high at the time. He has already surpassed that in 21 starts this season, which is why the Jays will monitor him.