Friday, July 29, 2016

Friday Morning Hot Links

*The Rangers beat the Royals, the Angels beat the Red Sox.

*Houston is 3.0 GB of East Fort Worth and 0.5 GB of WC2.

*With Doug Fister on the paternity list, Tyler White is set to rejoin Houston in Detroit. In 34 games for Fresno, Tyler White is hitting .288/.352/.583.

*Jon Heyman says the Rangers "are determined" to get Chris Sale. He also says that the Astros called the Padres about SP Andrew Cashner, and then called back two days later to say that Cashner wasn't enough of an upgrade over Mike Fiers (/holds sides from laughing).

*Jerry Crasnick says the Astros are not in on Jonathan Lucroy.

*McTaggart says to keep an eye on the Astros' interest in Brewers' LHP Will Smith.

*I'm telling you to keep an eye on the possibility of Boone Logan.

*Read this SI For Kids profile on 2016 1st Round pick Forrest Whitley. In two appearances in the GCL this season, Whitley has thrown 3IP, 1H/1ER, 4K:1BB.

*David Paulino threw a rehab start for the GCL Astros yesterday, his first outing since June 18 when he got (a) suspended for violating team rules and (b) sidelined due to arm soreness.

*Fresno's James Hoyt's last ten games: 10.2IP, 8H/1ER, 15K:2BB, 9 saves. Hoyt has 83 strikeouts in 49IP (1.65 ERA/0.88 WHIP) this season and should at least be a September addition to the active roster.

*2010 9th Round pick Tommy Shirley was released this week, and has signed with the Tigers. In 319.2 career IP, Shirley had a 2.70 ERA/1.15 WHIP with 319 strikeouts.

*Do you want Wade Davis? Well, you have to take Ian Kennedy, too.

*Jose Bautista's epic bat flip from the 2015 playoffs against the Ramgers will be a goal celebration in NHL 17.

*Bryce Harper's slump might not have an easy fix.

*Before you go, Giants Nuts