The Rockies acquired catcher Jonathan Lucroy from the Rangers at the trade deadline. The return: a Player to be Named Later. He was named yesterday: it’s minor league outfielder Pedro Gonzalez.
Gonzalez is not a bad Player to be Named. He’s 19 and, before the season, he was ranked as the Rockies’ 14th best prospect by MLB.com. His stock has no doubt risen as the season has gone on, however, as he’s hit .321/.388/.519 with three homers, 16 doubles and six triples in rookie league ball. He is expected to add more power as he continues to mature. A center fielder now, converted from shortstop, he may end up as a corner outfielder.
Not a guy who will help the Rangers today, but definitely someone who, at present anyway, seems nicely projectable.
Major League Baseball announced today that the Kansas City Royals and the Detroit Tigers will play a regular season game in Omaha, Nebraska next year to open the festivities for the College World Series.
The game will be played on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha two days before the first game of the Series. It will be televised nationally by ESPN. TD Ameritrade Park has a seating capacity of 24,000, with the ability to expand to 35,000 spectators. Which, um, probably means this will be one of the larger crowds for the Royals next year if the club’s current trajectory continues.
This will be the fourth small-park, special occasion regular season game for Major League Baseball in recent years. hIn July 2016 the Atlanta Braves and the Miami Marlins played at Fort Bragg, North Carolina for service members. Last August the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals played in the inaugural Little League Classic, which took place at Bowman Field in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. There will be a second Little League Classic in Williamsport this August between the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Mets.