Just a quickie with several leagues off for All-Star game travels.

Ryan Lavarnway, C, Red Sox (Triple-A Pawtucket): 3-for-5, 2 2B, HR (7), R, RBI, K.

Lavarnway has heated up at the right time. He still has work to do defensively, and with Jarrod Saltalamacchia having a breakout season, there's no room for him behind the plate in Boston anyway. As a first baseman, he's one of those players who is good, but maybe not good enough for the Red Sox. He could be a key trade chip for Boston over the next six weeks, as he has an 1.141 OPS in June to push his averages up to .291/.382/.462 overall, but all of a sudden, is there any need for the Red Sox to even be buyers?

Others Of Note:

  • Stetson Allie, 3B, Pirates (Rookie-level GCL Pirates): 2-for-3, 3B, 2 R, RBI, BB. Also made an E in first game as third baseman.
  • Bryan Brickhouse, RHP, Royals (Rookie-level Idaho Falls): 1.2 IP, 5 H, 7 R, 3 BB, 1 K. Rough pro debut for 2011 third-round pick who signed for $1.5 million.
  • Carlos Correa, SS, Astros (Rookie-level GCL Astros): 1-for-5, SB, BB, K. Pro debut for No. 1 overall pick.
  • Matt Den Dekker, OF, Mets (Triple-A Buffalo): 2-for-4, 2B, HR (2), R, 2 RBI. One single in six Triple-A games but three doubles and two home runs; .261/.308/.652 in 26 plate appearances.
  • Jake Lamb, 3B, Diamondbacks (Rookie-level Missoula): 4-for-5, 2 2B, 2 R, RBI. Pro debut for sixth-round pick with size and athleticism, but questions about the bat.
  • Raul Mondesi, OF, Brewers (Rookie-level Helena): 2-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 K. U.S. debut; 19-year-old with big league bloodlines is compact athlete with tools.
  • Mike Olt, 3B, Rangers (Double-A Frisco): 2-for-3, 2B, HR (20), 2 R, 2 RBI, BB. Would seem to be more in line for a big league look if he was playing more first base; nine home runs in 16 games and .317/.423/.622 overall.
  • Jonathan Pettibone, RHP, Phillies (Double-A Reading): 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 8 K. Season-high strikeouts for righty with plus command of average stuff; 3.43 ERA with 56 Ks in 86.2 innings.
  • Tyler Rahmatulla, 3B, Cardinals (High-A Palm Beach): 1-for-3, RBI. High-A debut; hit .322/.389/.546 at Quad Cities, and while undersized and a bit old for the level, the bat earned some praise from scouts.
  • Rob Rasmussen, LHP, Marlins (High-A Jupiter): 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 3 BB, 7 K. Best start of year for short lefty with power stuff; 4.26 ERA and most see future in the bullpen.
  • Jean Segura, SS, Angels (Double-A Arkansas): 2-for-3, 2 R, 2 SB. Coming on strong of late and looking much improved since move from third in the lineup to leadoff; .288/.330/.401 overall.
  • Oscar Taveras, OF, Cardinals (Double-A Springfield): 2-for-3, HR (13), R, RBI, BB. If anything, he's getting better; hitting .372 in last 20 games and .328/.384/.587 in 67 games.


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KG, what do you think of Tyler Thornburg? Looks like he has been called up to make a spot start for MIL (vs. TOR) today, before heading back down to take his first crack at AAA.
Lavarnway is an interesting situation. If traded, probably best suited for an AL team long term. Red Sox have a month to decide if they are buyers. Still too early to say..only being 4 games back from a wild card.
I'm assuming that Mondesi is the son of the other Raul Mondesi. Comparable tools?
Yes, it's his son.
Any chance Taveras gets called up before September?
Any updates on Ryan Westmoreland? Do you know if Amir Garrett is going to play in a SS league this year?
Recent reports say Cuban outfielder Yasel Puig is in the process of establishing residency in Mexico in order to become a free agent before July 2. Any reports on his potential?
Which Mondesi brother in the Pioneer League do you like better, Adalberto or Raul?
Hey Kevin (or anyone really), anywhere I can Arizona Rookie League rosters online? Seems like it should be easier than it is. Thanks for any help.
Ah, found them. Sorry. I am an idiot.
We are all idiots on occassion.
taveras get called up? Clown question bro'