Shannon Magrane, the 16-year-old daughter of former big-league pitcher and current MLB Network analyst Joe Magrane, has been chosen as one of 13 finalists on “American Idol.”
Six weeks ago during the episode in which Shannon Magrane was selected from the audition process Joe Magrane made an appearance and Steven Tyler made things awkward by comparing her to “hot, humid, and happening” weather.
So apparently on this week’s show Joe Magrane appeared again and mock-challenged Tyler to a wrestling match, to which the 64-year-old Aerosmith singer replied: “I didn’t mean it! It was a moment!”
And then Shannon sang “Go Light Your World” and got praise from Tyler, Randy Jackson (“that’s a way to come out swinging, you’ve got to a big voice”), and Jennifer Lopez (“you gave me goosies”). Or so the recap of the show that I read says, because honestly I’ve never seen a second of “American Idol.”
The Padres are set to recall top infield prospect Luis Urías from Triple-A El Paso, according to a report from Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune. It’ll be the second such stint for the club’s no. 2 prospect, and one they hope to extend through the end of the season. A corresponding roster move will be announced later this weekend.
Urías, 22, struggled in his first promotion to the majors this April. Touted as “one of the Minors’ better pure hitters” with “innate bat-to-ball skills” and “plus on-base skills,” he found it difficult to adjust to big league pitching and slashed a lackluster .083/.241/.125 with just two hits and four walks over 11 games with the Padres.
Upon his return to Triple-A, however, the young middle infielder has delivered nothing short of spectacular results, batting .315/.398/.600 with 19 home runs, seven stolen bases (in nine chances), and a .998 OPS across 339 plate appearances. Given the additional measures he’s taken to improve his mechanics — something, Acee says, the Padres are far more interested in than his results at the plate — it seems he may be ready to handle the competition at the highest level on a long-term basis.
Urías is expected to be recalled in time for the Padres’ game against the Cubs on Saturday, where he’ll likely share the middle infield with fellow top prospect Fernando Tatís. The game is set for 2:20 PM EDT.