Jon Heyman reports that the Diamondbacks will promote catching prospect Daulton Varsho to the active roster.
The Diamondbacks selected Varsho, 24, in the second round of the 2017 draft. Currently their No. 3 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, Varsho hit .301/.378/.520 with 25 doubles, 18 home runs, 58 RBI, 85 runs scored, and 21 stolen bases over 452 plate appearances with Double-A Jackson last season.
Carson Kelly and Stephen Vogt are currently ahead of Varsho on the catching depth chart, so it will be interesting to see how the D-Backs find him playing time. He could be used at other positions. He has a very small amount of experience in the outfield and played some infield in the Northwoods League, a collegiate summer league.
Varsho is the son of former MLB outfielder and coach Gary Varsho, who played from 1988-95 with the Cubs, Pirates, Reds, and Phillies.
A doubleheader between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers this week is being postponed to allow more time for additional COVID-19 testing.
MLB opted to postpone Thursday’s doubleheader to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. More details about the Cardinals’ resumption of play will be announced later this week.
The Cardinals had a series against Pittsburgh set to start on Monday postponed after a weekend series against the Cubs was scrapped due to three positive coronavirus tests.
St. Louis had two more players and a staff member test positive for the virus on Friday and have had eight positive players overall, including star catcher Yadier Molina.
There have now been 29 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of coronavirus concerns. The Cardinals have not played since July 30 and have had 15 games scrapped.
Miami and Philadelphia each had seven games postponed earlier and have returned to the field since the disruptions.
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