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.
Francys Romero reports that, according to his sources, Dodgers pitcher David Price will pay $1,000 out of his own money to each Dodgers minor leaguer who is not on the 40-man roster during the month of June.
That’s a pretty amazing gesture from Price. It’s also extraordinarily telling that such a gesture is even necessary.
Under a March agreement with Major League Baseball, minor leaguers have been receiving financial assistance that is set to expire at the end of May. Baseball America reported earlier this week that the Dodgers will continue to pay their minor leaguers $400 per week past May 31, but it is unclear how long such payments would go. Even if one were to assume that the payments will continue throughout the month of June, however, it’s worth noting that $400 a week is not a substantial amount of money for players to live on, on which to support families, and on which to train and remain ready to play baseball if and when they are asked to return.
Price’s generosity should be lauded here, but this should not be considered a feel-good story overall. Major League Baseball, which has always woefully underpaid its minor leaguers has left them in a vulnerable position once again.