Braves Mycal Jones was stretchered off the field at AA Mississippi following an outfield collision.
Seattle Mariners pitching prospect James Paxton had a brilliant start on Friday night, pitching 5.2 innings for Double-A Jackson, allowing two hits, zero walks, zero runs, with 10 strikeouts, throttling Birmingham. This is nothing unusual for him: Paxton started seven games for Jackson late last year, posting a 1.85 ERA in 39 innings with a 51/13 K/BB ratio. He's clearly too good for Double-A at this point and it will be interesting to see how long the Mariners leave him there. Paxton is one of the top left-handed prospects in the minors, and I don't think he receives quite as much attention as he deserves, perhaps a sociological after-effect of the unusual circumstances regarding his drafting and signing. link
The Miami Marlins should suspend Ozzie Guillen. A one-month suspension would send a powerful message that Guillen’s thoughtless remarks on Cuban dictator Fidel Castro will not be tolerated. A one-week suspension probably is more realistic. Yes, we live in a free country, but the Constitution protects free speech only from restriction by the state and federal governments. The Marlins, a private entity, presumably can impose the penalty of their choice on Guillen, who is a management employee, not part of the players union. Still, I’m not confident the Marlins will take action, not when their expectations for the team are so high, not when they just opened their new ballpark. link
RedSox and Yankees are both 0-3 for the first time since 1966
90 years ago, the Cardinals debuted their famous logo with the two redbirds sitting on a bat.
Neal Huntington says we could see A.J. Burnett with #Pirates "before month is over."
R.I.P Nick Adenhart: August 24, 1986- April 09, 2009
Dylan Bundy, RHP, Orioles (Low-A Delmarva) - Some considered Bundy the best talent in the 2011 draft, and in his pro debut on Friday night, last year's fourth overall pick showed why. First inning: K, K, K. Second inning: 3-1, F9, K. Third inning: K, 6-3, K. Nine batters, six strikeouts, and just one ball out of the infield while touching 98 with a fastball that sat at 94-96, and occasionally showcasing his plus secondary offerings. Get excited Baltimore. He's looking to be every bit as good as the hype. link
Zack Cozart was drafted in the second round in 2007 from the University of Mississippi. He was an All-American in college and well-regarded for his defensive skills, but scouts weren't sure he would hit. Many predicted that his pull-oriented swing would not work against pro pitching, and he hit just .237/.288/.332 in 53 games in the Low-A Midwest League after signing. He improved to .280/.330/.457 with 14 homers in a repeat engagement at Dayton in 2008. Moved up to Triple-A in '09, he hit .262/.360/.398 for Carolina and showed improved patience with 63 walks. He hit 17 homers and stole 30 bases for Triple-A Louisville in '10, with an overall .255/.310/.416 line, then hit .310/.357/.467 in 77 games last year before being promoted to the majors. He played regularly for two weeks in the majors last summer, hitting .324/.324/.486 before hurting his non-throwing elbow, requiring Tommy John surgery. link