Saturday had a celebratory feel for two of baseball’s most prominent young prospects.
Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas, who was promoted from Triple-A Omaha Friday, launched his first career major league home run Saturday against the Angels. He’s 2-for-6 with two walks and two runs scored since meeting up with Kansas City.
Padres first baseman Anthony Rizzo, promoted from Triple-A Tucson on Thursday, also slugged his first career home big league home run Saturday against the Nationals. He is 3-for-7 with four walks and two runs scored since arriving in sunny San Diego.
Unless something goes wrong, the two will finish out the 2011 season in the majors. Moustakas, 22, was ranked as the ninth-best prospect this winter by Baseball America. Rizzo, 21, was ranked 75th.
It was not a secret that the Orioles wanted Cubs coach Brandon Hyde as their new manager. Reports swirled three days ago that he was going to get the job, though the Orioles denied it, calling them “premature.” Now, however, it’s official: the Orioles just announced that Hyde will be their new manager.
Hyde, 45, spent four seasons as a player in the minors with the White Sox from 1997-2000, then played in the independent Western League in 2001 before ending his playing career. He was a coach with the Marlins from 2010-12 and has been with the Cubs since 2013, most recently as their bench coach.
Hyde takes over for Buck Showalter, who led the Orioles from 2010-18. Last season Baltimore finished 47-115, posting its worst record in team history. To say that Hyde’s order is a tall one is an understatement.