Rays first base prospect Jake Bauers crushed his first major league home run in the bottom of the fourth inning of Monday night’s game against the Blue Jays. The blast came on a 1-1 sinker from Sam Gaviglio, giving the Rays a 5-4 lead.
Bauers, 22, was called up by the Rays on Thursday. He was 3-for-16 with a pair of doubles and four RBI in four games entering Monday’s action. He doubled in his first at-bat and drew walks in his second and fourth at-bats Monday night, sandwiching his homer. For those keeping score at home, he has reached base in all four plate appearances.
MLB Pipeline rates Bauers as the No. 5 prospect in the Rays’ system and No. 55 overall.
The Athletic’s Andrew Baggarly and Zach Buchanan report that Diamondbacks starter Madison Bumgarner has been competing in rodeos under a fake name as recently as December. The fake name is Mason Saunders. Bumgarner explains that “Mason” is shortened from “Madison,” while “Saunders” is his wife’s maiden name.
Bumgarner — err, Saunders — and one of his rodeo partners, Jaxson Tucker, won $26,560 in a team-roping rodeo competition in December. The Rancho Rio Arena posted a picture of the pair on Facebook, highlighting that they roped four steers in 31.36 seconds.
As Baggarly and Buchanan point out, Bumgarner also pointed out in a rodeo competition last March, just a couple days before pitching in a Cactus League game versus the Athletics, back when he was still with the Giants.
Bumgarner suffered bruised ribs and a left shoulder AC sprain in 2017 when he got into a dirt bike accident. Given that, Bumgarner’s latest extracurricular activity does raise a concern for the Diamondbacks, who inked him to a five-year, $85 million contract two months ago. Baggarly and Buchanan asked Bumgarner about such a concern. Bumgarner referred them to the club’s managing partner Ken Kendrick. Kendrick directed them to GM Mike Hazen. Hazen declined speaking about “specific contract language.” For what it’s worth, Bumgarner says he primarily uses his right hand to rope.
The jig is up on Bumgarner’s hobby. He jokingly said to The Athletic’s pair, “I’m nervous about this interview right now.” He added, “I’m upset with both you two.”