The numbers down in Triple-A this year are absolutely redonkulous — and the numbers being put up by the Diamondbacks’ Triple-A team, the Reno Aces, are maybe the silliest in the game — but at some point you can’t ignore gaudy stats.
Here are some gaudy stats: .339/.437/.800 with 21 home runs and 62 RBI in 44 games. That’s the line put up first base prospect Kevin Cron so far this year and it has earned him a promotion to the bigs. And yes, he is C.J. Cron‘s brother.
How much of a “prospect” you want to call Cron depends on how you feel about 26-year-old rookies who didn’t rate particularly high on the various prospects that circulate before each season. Still, bop is bop and the Dbacks are short of bop right now. And really, he bops in the bigs like he boped in the bushes, the Dbacks could flip him to someone in need of some 1B/DH production, right?
Vive le bop.
The Mets have acquired right-handed reliever Brooks Pounders from the Indians for cash considerations, the teams reported Saturday. Despite his limited and varied major-league experience, Pounders has put up intriguing numbers at the Triple-A level and is expected to step into a not-insignificant role with the Mets’ relief corps.
Pounders, 28, signed a minor-league deal with the Indians last December and pitched to a healthy 2.31 ERA, 2.8 BB/8, and 11.8 SO/9 over his first 35 innings in Cleveland’s farm system. He hasn’t taken the mound in a major-league setting since 2018, however, when he appeared in 14 games with the Rockies and labored through a much more unsightly 7.63 ERA, 1.2 BB/9, and 10.0 SO/9 across 15 1/3 frames. Still, his peripherals are promising, and there’s no question the Mets could use some help bolstering a bullpen that currently ranks eighth-worst in the league with a collective 5.31 ERA and 0.2 fWAR.
In subsequent roster moves, fellow righty Tyler Bashlor was sent back to Triple-A Syracuse for the second time this season, while Héctor Santiago was designated for assignment, Tim Peterson was optioned to Triple-A, and Chris Flexen was recalled from Triple-A. It’s been a less-than-ideal campaign for Bashlor so far this year: through 13 relief appearances for the club, he lost control of a bloated 5.23 ERA, 5.4 BB/9, and 9.3 SO/9 in 11 2/3 innings and had not been utilized in a game since June 2.