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Harold Ramirez Cleveland Indians

Harold Ramirez was a nice pickup by the Indians over the winter. Need to change info from Miami to Cleveland.

Up only this week (from taxi squad), he should stay for a while. Not a power guy, but his contact bat belongs in this lineup. So far Francona has placed him 5th and he has responded well. (Defense, eh)

BP (subscription) said today:

Just like we all thought—by early May, Ramírez would win the starting center-field job in Cleveland. He won’t offer a ton by way of power, but the 26-year-old makes a ton of contact and should be a resource in batting average and possibly run production stats if Cleveland’s offense ever decides to, like, be decent.    

"Just like we all thought" was a bit of humor. Someone may have thought it -- clearly Harold Ramirez has some talent -- but most of us had little idea how it would sort out. Still don't, but Cleveland currently needs this Ramirez (check Miami stats from 2019) in the lineup.

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Trevor Larnach Minnesota Twins

Yikes.

Trevor Larnach, OF, Triple-A St. Paul — The powerful outfielder slammed his first home run of the season, and it was a blast. The team account tweeted that Larnach's homer left the bat at 115 mph and traveled 453 feet. To put that into perspective, just 23 big leaguers have hit a ball 115 mph or harder this season.

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Jarred Kelenic Seattle Mariners

Down how long?

Jarred Kelenic, OF, Triple-A Tacoma — Kelenic, the Mariners' No. 2 prospect and one of the best overall prospects in the game, hit his first home run of the season on Monday night. A few innings later, he hit a second home run.

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Matthew Liberatore St. Louis Cardinals

The report:

Matthew Liberatore, LHP, Triple-A Memphis — The big prize in the Randy Arozarena trade made his 2021 debut, which came against his former organization. The lefthander whiffed five over six two-run innings, including the rare swinging strikeout of Wander Franco, a noted contact machine and the No. 1 prospect in the game.

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Deivi Garcia New York Yankees

Tough first start for Deivi in Triple-A. Three hits, one over the fence, seven walks, three strikeouts, five earned runs in 3 1/3.

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Taylor Walls Tampa Bay Rays

BA's No. 15 prospect on the Twins is batting .444 after collecting three singles and a walk in Triple-A.

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Julio Rodriguez Seattle Mariners

Two singles and a stolen base yesterday. Progress!

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Micah Bello Milwaukee Brewers

BA's prospect report...

Micah Bello, OF, Brewers — Milwaukee's supplemental second-rounder from 2018 continued his hot start to the season by going 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs.

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Luisangel Acuna Texas Rangers

The Low-A East? Is that the best the branding department at MLB could come up with?

Luisangel Acuña and Evan Carter, Low-A Down East — Two of the youngest players in the Low-A East (Carter is the youngest and Acuña is the fourth-youngest) bat 1-2 at the top of Down East's lineup. The pair combined for three hits—including a double for Carter and a triple for Acuña—and two walks in the Wood Ducks' win.

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Albert Pujols Los Angeles Angels

Interesting to see who Albert falls between on this list.

Albert Pujols Released

In the last year of his 10-year contract, Albert Pujols was released yesterday by the Los Angeles Angels. Pujols intends to try to sign with another team and secure regular playing time according to reports that detail how the split with the Angels developed.

Pujols is in the top 10 of several career major league leaderboards, one example of which is the total bases leaderboard:

RkPlayerTBFromToTm
1Henry Aaron685619541976MLN‑ATL‑MIL
2Stan Musial613419411963STL
3Willie Mays606619511973NYG‑SFG‑NYM
4Barry Bonds597619862007PIT‑SFG
5Albert Pujols595520012021STL‑LAA
6Ty Cobb585419051928DET‑PHA
7Alex Rodriguez581319942016SEA‑TEX‑NYY
8Babe Ruth579319141935BOS‑NYY‑BSN
9Pete Rose575219631986CIN‑PHI‑MON
10Carl Yastrzemski553919611983BOS

See the full leaderboard at Baseball-Reference.com

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Taijuan Walker New York Mets

I'm trying to think why I was so negative?


Yordan ÁlvarezMarcus SemienRandal GrichukZack WheelerTaijuan Walker

Yesterday's Top Performers

Pitchers:

Zack Wheeler* (PHI): 9.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 8 K, 89 GmSc

Taijuan Walker* (NYM): 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 8 K, 81 GmSc

Andrew Heaney (LAA): 6.2 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 10 K, 75 GmSc

Brandon Woodruff (MIL): 6.2 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 11 K, 75 GmSc

Madison Bumgarner (ARI): 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 7 K, 71 GmSc

View All of Yesterday's Pitchers at Baseball-Reference.com

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William Contreras Atlanta Braves

He's the hot FAAB commodity. Went in some leagues last Tuesday. Available in others this weekend.

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Randal Grichuk Toronto Blue Jays

I keep waiting for him to cool off.

Yordan ÁlvarezMarcus SemienRandal GrichukZack WheelerTaijuan Walker

Yesterday's Top Performers

Batters:

Yordan Álvarez* (HOU): 3-4, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R

Marcus Semien* (TOR): 4-6, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3 R

Randal Grichuk* (TOR): 2-5, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 1 R

Bo Bichette (TOR): 3-4, 1 R, 2 SB

Martin Maldonado (HOU): 3-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R

Mike Zunino (TBR): 2-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R

Jose Altuve (HOU): 2-5, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 R

Franchy Cordero (BOS): 3-5, 1 RBI, 3 R

Shohei Ohtani (LAA): 2-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R

Brett Phillips (TBR): 3-4, 2 RBI, 1 R, 1 SB

View All of Yesterday's Pitchers at Baseball-Reference.com

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Dwight Gooden New York Mets

Give Doc A for honesty.

BP's Gary Phillips talking to Gooden about Jacob dGrom:

BP: Your name has come up a lot when deGrom reaches a milestone or sets a new record, especially in Mets history. Does seeing that stuff and watching him pitch give you any sort of newfound appreciation for just how dominant you were?

DG: Oh, definitely. You’re aware of the things you did, but you don’t keep them all locked in your head. When deGrom reaches that milestone or breaks one of my records, it reminds me of what I did and it’s good. It’s good to share that with your family and fans.

But at the same time, you want him to have a good career, but you don’t want him to break any records. I know people always say, ‘Records are made to be broken, it’s okay he broke my record.’ I don’t want any of my records broken! I want him to come close. But it looks like he’s gonna shatter all my records, myself and Seaver.

https://www.baseballprospectus.com/news/article/66427/qa-dwight-gooden-cant-get-enough-of-jacob-degrom-mets/

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Jose Altuve Houston Astros

Ian O'Connor describing the game yesterday:

The Yankees did a lot of winning things out there Thursday, starting with Altuve’s former teammate, Gerrit Cole, who surrendered only two solo shots to Yordan Alvarez over seven quality innings. Giancarlo Stanton and Clint Frazier homered. Gio Urshela turned a single into a double with some opportunistic hustle. And Gleyber Torres turned an Aaron Hicks infield hit into a victory lap for every man, woman and child who despises the shift, delivering one of the most fascinating dashes from second to third to home you will ever see.

On almost any other day, the Yanks take this game and sweep this series. But then Altuve stepped into the box in the eighth, one out, with the crowd of 10,000 chanting “CHEA-TER … CHEA-TER,” sounding like a crowd of 40,000. They had loudly booed the Astros star from the pregame introductions, and had profanely told him in the first inning what he could do with that little birthday of his that he shares with Willie Mays.

And then Green threw his fateful four-seamer toward Altuve, a pitch, Houston manager Dusty Baker said, “that was over his head.” What pitch isn’t over Altuve’s head? He is listed at 5-foot-6, which is its own tall tale. Not that it matters. Altuve sent the ball sailing over the left-field fence, and did a purposeful jog around the bases. He crossed the plate, pointed to the sky, and then walked into a receiving line of giddy teammates outside the dugout. Baker grabbed both of his shoulders and playfully shook him...

https://nypost.com/2021/05/06/jose-altuve-gets-birthday-revenge-on-yankees-fans/

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John Gant St. Louis Cardinals

John Gant (P) STL - May. 06

https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=776028

Gant (2-3) allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits and six walks while striking out five across 4.1 innings, taking the loss to the Mets on Thursday.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Gant was lucky he got out of his start with just one earned run. Justin Williams made an outstanding catch to strand the bases loaded in the third inning and the first inning was the only frame that Gant didn't allow a runner to get into scoring position. Both runs scored on him were via a walk. The 28-year-old has a 2.15 ERA despite a 1.70 WHIP and 24 walks in 29.1 innings.

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Carlos Carrasco New York Mets

I hate to say it (Peter and I have him in the XFL) but it's starting to look like I have the right bid.

Carlos Carrasco (P) NY-N - May. 06

https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=775941

Carrasco (hamstring) was transferred to the 60-day injured list Thursday.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Carrasco recently threw a six-inning simulated game, so it appears as though he's built up to a starter's workload. However, the right-hander will no longer make his scheduled rehab start Sunday, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports. Carrasco hasn't experienced a setback, but he's just progressing slower than anticipated, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports. As a result, the team will elect to have him keep building up rather than rushing him into major-league game action.

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Madison Bumgarner Arizona Diamondbacks

When we get the state feed his ERA will be under five!

Madison Bumgarner (P) AZ - May. 06

https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=776046

Bumgarner (3-2) allowed one run on two hits while striking out seven over six innings in Thursday's loss to the Marlins. He didn't factor into the decision.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: The lefty was sharp Thursday with his only mistakes being a homer by Miguel Rojas in the first inning.

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Joey Gallo Texas Rangers

A game of half an inch. 

Are you allowed to have pine tar in the webbing?

https://www.mlb.com/gameday/rangers-vs-twins/2021/05/06/634261#,game_tab=videos,game_state=final,game=634261

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James Karinchak Cleveland Indians

$18 to me in the ADL. Where we had 10 percent inflation.

When I said $16, it was clear that one more bid might do it; we weren't going to get anywhere near the bid limit I show here (which was the same on my sheet).

A few players earlier, the bidding went flying past my $24 limit for Ryu. And I kept bidding.

And bidding. Until he was mine for $29.

In other words, even a 4x4 league refuses to pay for closers these days. And will pay whatever it takes to get that almost priceless thing: a starting pitcher who figures to pitch long enough to get the win with qualitatives that you have every reason to think will be better than league average.

Not that they will. But... there's very little reason to think a closer will be a closer.

Yo, James -- I'm not complaining! You're doing great.

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