Friday, October 12, 2018

Notes: This Week's Potpourri

And this week's happenings:
  • The Pirates have four guys eligible for arb this year. If they're all tendered, here's MLB Trade Rumor's Tim Dierkes estimated contract value for the quartet: Corey Dickerson – $8.4M; Keone Kela – $3.2M; Michael Feliz – $900K; and Ryan Lavarnway – $600K. All but Ryan should be locks to get Bucco offers.
  • The Reds interviewed Pirates bench coach Tom Prince for their vacant managerial job, per MLB.com. Jay Bell and Rod Barajas are thought to be on the Rangers list of possible skippers, though neither has been interviewed as yet.
  • A quick start in the Arizona League: SS Cole Tucker is 4-for-9 with a homer, three RBI, three runs scored, two walks and no whiffs in two games for the Surprise Saguaros.
Cole Tucker (photo via MiLB.com)
  • Altoona's KeBryan Hayes was named the Rawlings Sports Gold Glove Award winner as the top defensive third baseman in the minors for the second straight year.
  • Top young prospects Lolo Sanchez, Braedon Ogle and Gage Hinsz get the once-over form MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo. Dustin Dopirak of Baseball America likes unheralded OF Jared Oliva.
  • Brock Holt became the first player to hit for the cycle in a postseason game when the Bosox ran over the New York Yankees 16-1 on Monday.
  • Walter Buehler, 24, who went 8-5/2.62 for LA this year in 23 starts, was drafted in the 14th round by the Bucs in 2012 out of Henry Clay HS in Lexington, Kentucky. He didn't sign (it was thought he wanted $1M in a draft blown up by the Mark Appel fiasco), went to Vandy, and was a first rounder (24th overall) of the Dodgers in 2015, getting $1.78M as his bonus. He would have fit in pretty nicely with Jamo, Willy and Arch...
  • Nice. Google features Roberto Clemente during Hispanic Heritage Month with this doodle on its landing page - "Today we celebrate Puerto Rican, Hall of Fame baseball star Roberto Clemente, whose record-breaking on-the-field performance matched his groundbreaking off-the-field humanitarian efforts." 

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