Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Tuesday Morning Hot Links

*Colin Moran was 2x4 with a double and 2RBI yesterday, giving him a 1.253 OPS on the Spring. But  Reymin Guduan allowed a run in 1IP, Ashur Tolliver allowed 2H/2ER in 0.1IP, Jordan Jankowski gave up an earned run in a Cardinals' 6-3 win.

*Hinch plans on carrying 13 pitchers into Opening Day, which is not great news for Colin Moran, or A.J. Reed, or Tony Kemp. McTaggart says that Musgrove has put himself in line for SP5 over Fiers, who could go to the bullpen with Chris Devenski in long relief.

*Collin McHugh will throw live BP today - even though he was supposed to do it yesterday - and talked about why, in the age of the personalized offseason throwing program, it took until Spring Training to diagnose his arm.

*The Braves claimed lefty reliever Kevin Chapman off of waivers. Chapman, who was out of options, had to pass through waivers in order to be sent to minor-league camp. Thus, the 40-Man roster is at 39, and there is one less lefty reliever to challenge the Blood Reign of Tony Sipp.

*Sig Mejdal will be in uniform with the Tri-City ValleyCats as a "development coach." Click the link for how the Astros plan to gain from having an actual rocket scientist in short-season rookie ball in New York.

*A.J. Hinch isn't really thrilled with the fact that Alex Bregman has one plate appearance with Team USA.
You can imagine how I feel about that. It's part of being a bench player on that type of team. He's missed some valuable repetitions. 

*Jerry Crasnick writes about the connections between Carlos Beltran and Carlos Correa and you should read it immediately.

*Biggio said that the current Astros core of Bregman, Correa, Altuve, and Springer reminds him of the 2000s.

*John Sickels sees flashes of Anthony Rizzo in A.J. Reed's Spring Training swing corrections.

*National Treasure Javier Bracamonte gave a kid some on-field catching lessons during yesterday's game.

*Yoenis Cespedes' life on the ranch.