Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick made a terrific grab in left-center field on Sunday afternoon in an eventual loss to the Red Sox.
Ahead 3-1 with two outs in the bottom of the sixth, the Red Sox had runners on first and seoncd base for Brock Holt. Holt lined a Will Harris offering to left-center, seemingly destined to carom off of the Green Monster for at least a one-run double. Marisnick, in a full sprint, made the long trek from straightaway center field and snagged the ball before it could hit the wall, then crashed into the Green Monster. Marisnick, somehow, managed to hang onto the ball.
This is not the first time Marisnick has made a stellar defensive play in center field this season.
Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Astros have claimed right-hander Will Harris off waivers from the Diamondbacks.
Harris is 29 years old and has been passed around the waiver wire quite a bit during his career, but he’s also got a 3.42 ERA with 88 strikeouts in 82 innings for the Diamondbacks since 2013.
Despite that success Harris spent much of this season at Triple-A, where he posted a 0.99 ERA in 46 innings, and combined in 75 career innings at Triple-A he’s got a 1.56 ERA and 87 strikeouts.
Seems like a decent pickup and possibly useful middle reliever for Houston.
Starter Bronson Arroyo inked a two-year, $23.5 million deal with the Diamondbacks on Friday. The signing displaced two pitchers in the D-Backs’ system: 2011 first-rounder Archie Bradley and Randall Delgado, one of the players acquired from the Braves in January 2013’s Justin Upton trade. The rotation can more or less be written in ink with Patrick Corbin, Arroyo, Wade Miley, Trevor Cahill, and Brandon McCarthy.
GM Kevin Towers said Bradley could still wind up in the rotation in the event of an injury, according to MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert. Towers also indicated that Delgado could end up contributing out of the bullpen.
Delgado, who Arizona acquired from Atlanta as part of the Justin Upton trade, is out of Minor League options. That means if the D-backs want to send him to the Minor Leagues, they will have to put him on waivers first, where he could be claimed by another team.
“So if he’s not one of our starters, he’s more than likely going to probably be one of our bullpenners,” Towers said.
Gilbert then notes that, with that expected shuffling, right-hander Will Harris could be the odd man out of the bullpen, as he has options remaining.
Delgado, 24, posted a 4.26 ERA in 19 starts and one relief appearance last season, spanning 116 1/3 innings. He was rated as one of the 50 best prospects by Baseball America prior to the 2011 and ’12 seasons.