Diamondbacks top prospect Archie Bradley made his major league debut tonight against the Dodgers at Chase Field in Arizona and it couldn’t have gone much better.
Bradley held the Dodgers to just one hit (a double by Howie Kendrick in the second inning) across six scoreless innings as part of a 6-0 victory. The 22-year-old right-hander bested three-time National League Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw and even singled off him inning the second inning for his first major league hit. Not bad. Not bad at all.
Bradley walked four batters on the night, so there were some deep counts, but he also fanned six. The highlight was striking out the side in the fifth inning. According to Brooks Baseball, Bradley induced 14 swinging strikes and topped out at 95.1 mph on his fastball. He was pulled after throwing 112 pitches (66 for strikes).
Things didn’t go according to plan for Bradley last year, as most expected him to be in the majors by now, but he pitched great this spring and forced himself on the Opening Day roster. The Diamondbacks aren’t expected to be a very good team this year, but he’ll be exciting to watch every fifth day.
Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that Phillies prospect infielder Jesmuel Valentin has been suspended by MLB after a domestic violence arrest. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. addressed the situation earlier today:
“He was arrested,” Amaro said. “Major League Baseball stepped in and suspended him indefinitely. We support the action and policies of the Commissioner’s office. As an organization we’re getting the young man some help, but we take this very seriously as does the Commissioner’s office.”
According to Jake Kaplan of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Valentin was arrested last Sunday in Pinellas County, Florida and charged with a first-degree misdemeanor. He was released on Monday and pleaded not guilty to the charge on Wednesday.
Valentin, the son of former major league infielder Jose Valentin, was a supplemental first-round pick of the Dodgers in 2012 and came over to the Phillies last August in the Roberto Hernandez deal. The 20-year-old was set to begin the season with High-A Clearwater.
The Dodgers were dealt some rotten luck tonight against the Diamondbacks, as Justin Turner and Juan Uribe suffered injuries on back-to-back plays.
Turner, who made the start at third base to give Uribe a day off, got spiked on his left hand on a hard slide from A.J. Pollock in the third inning. He was replaced by Uribe, who fielded a grounder off the bat of Paul Goldschmidt on the very next play and made a twisting throw across the diamond to get the out. However, he hurt himself while making the play and Alex Guerrero came up as a pinch-hitter in the next half-inning. Hot corner? More like hot potato corner. I’m sorry.
The good news is that both players are considered day-to-day. Turner was diagnosed with left finger stiffness and X-rays came back negative. Meanwhile, Uribe is dealing with left hamstring tightness.
The injuries keep on coming for the Giants.
According to Alex Pavlovic of CSNBayArea.com, third baseman Casey McGehee left tonight’s game against the Padres with a left knee strain. He suffered the injury after getting out of the batter’s box on a fly out to end the bottom of the first inning.
Brandon Belt is currently sidelined with a mild groin strain, so the Giants were forced to go with Matt Duffy at first base and Joaquin Arias at third base. The club could call up Adam Duvall from Triple-A Sacramento if McGehee needs a stint on the disabled list.
McGehee, who was acquired from the Marlins over the winter, batted .287/.355/.357 with four home runs and 76 RBI across 160 games last season.
It was ruled last week that Josh Hamilton will receive no discipline after his recent drug relapse. The Angels released a statement in the wake of the decision to express their disappointment, which sure sounded like a team who was upset that they still had to pay him. Angels owner Arte Moreno stepped up the rhetoric last night by refusing to say whether Hamilton would play for the team again and even indicated that the team could look at language in his contract to get some salary relief.
Craig Calcaterra reported last night that Hamilton’s contract doesn’t include the language that Moreno specified, so the Angels might not have much in the way of recourse, but this situation is getting uglier by the second. C.J. Wilson, the Angels player representative with the MLBPA and a teammate of Hamilton dating back to their time in Texas, isn’t pleased with how it’s being handled by his team:
Wilson is speaking some serious truths here. Hamilton has underperformed in his contract with the Angels until this point, but chances are they would be much more supportive of his situation if he was still producing at an MVP level. It’s shameful, but predictable. The 33-year-old Hamilton is still owed $83 million through 2017.
Check out Wilson’s full comments here.