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Phillies pitching prospect Jake Thompson to make MLB debut on Saturday


With Aaron Nola on the disabled list, the Phillies will call up pitching prospect Jake Thompson to make his major league debut on Saturday against the Padres, CSN Philly reports.

Thompson, 22, was acquired from the Rangers along with five other players in the Cole Hamels trade last summer. MLB Pipeline ranked him as the Phillies’ fifth-best prospect. According to the scout reports, Thompson possesses four pitches that figure to be average or better in the big leagues: a fastball that can hit the mid-90’s, as well as a slider, a curve, and a change-up.

In 129 2/3 innings with Triple-A Lehigh Valley, Thompson has put up a 2.50 ERA with an 87/37 K/BB ratio in 129 2/3 innings. He has been particularly dominant since the beginning of June, posting a 1.21 ERA and a 42/18 K/BB ratio in 74 1/3 innings across his last 11 starts.

Brewers have 3 positive COVID tests at alternate site

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.

Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.

The entire camp was placed in quarantine.

“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”

Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.

The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.

“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”