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Brewers call up power-hitting prospect Domingo Santana


Milwaukee has called up Domingo Santana from Triple-A three weeks after acquiring the 22-year-old corner outfielder from Houston in the Carlos Gomez/Mike Fiers trade.

MLB.com ranked Santana as a top-100 prospect coming into the season and he’s improved his stock by hitting .333 with 18 homers and a 1.000 OPS in 95 games at Triple-A.

Santana strikes out a ton–108 times in 95 games this season, with similar rates throughout his pro career–and that may keep him from consistently posting solid batting averages in the majors, but he has 25-homer power.

Milwaukee has Ryan Braun entrenched in right field and 27-year-old Khris Davis plays every day in left field, so it’ll be interesting to see if the Brewers give Santana a look in center field to get his bat into the lineup.

Chris Archer throws one-hit shutout against the Astros

Tampa Bay Rays' Chris Archer delivers against the Houston Astros in the seventh inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Rays right-hander Chris Archer dominated the Astros tonight, allowing just one hit in a 1-0 victory at Minute Maid Park in Houston.

Archer struck out 11 batters and walked just one in the victory. The only hit was a fifth-inning single by Colby Rasmus. Archer needed only 98 pitches to go the distance, so this qualifies as a “Maddux.” For those not familiar, a “Maddux” is a shutout thrown with fewer than 100 pitches.

The only offense of the night came on a Desmond Jennings RBI single off Collin McHugh in the fourth inning. However, it was enough with Archer dealing.

This was Archer’s third career shutout and his first since 2013. The 26-year-old right-hander owns a 2.77 ERA and 205/42 K/BB ratio in 169 innings across 26 starts this season.

Evan Gattis: triples machine

Evan Gattis

Today Michael Baumann of Grantland takes an enjoyable look at Evan Gattis. Specifically, at the weirdest thing about his 2015 season. He’s a triples machine:

So it’s become a source of great joy that on a team with quite a few guys who can both hit and run — Carlos Correa, Jose Altuve, Carlos Gomez, Colby Rasmus, and the now-injured George Springer — Gattis leads the Astros in triples, with nine. In fact, he has more triples than the rest of the Astros combined. He’s tied for the second-most triples in baseball.

Along the way Baumann ranks Gattis’ nine triples and says an awful lot of funny things about Gattis. Such as the fact that “He has a beard not because it’s cool, but because men like him have beards the way most of us have a liver or kidneys — as a necessary life function.”

Excellent stuff.