Good morning everyone and happy Saturday! Here’s the latest from around baseball.
In Mariners news...
- The Mariners announced plans for a vaccinated section.
Mariners announce vaccinated section amenities: pic.twitter.com/mTizIMQ5T3— Dave “Softy” Mahler (@Softykjr) May 7, 2021
- Shannon’s got the injury updates.
Injury updates, Servais noted that Sadler (shoulder inflammation) is feeling much better, Fraley (hamstring) has been hitting in the cages and throwing on the field, Marco progressing toward getting back on the mound, could try it out as soon as this weekend.— Shannon Drayer (@shannondrayer) May 7, 2021
- The Rainiers get some much-needed depth.
- Hell yeah.
Seattle Mariners hall of famer Edgar Martinez, manager Scott Servais and first baseman Jose Marmolejos explain why they got the #COVID19 vaccine and why you should too.— UW Medicine (@UWMedicine) May 7, 2021
Learn more about our partnership with the @Mariners to Strike Out COVID-19: https://t.co/0CN6p1pjYY pic.twitter.com/aPt6r2CiMa
In the Minors...
- Taylor Dollard provided perhaps the best performance we’ve seen from an M’s minor league pitcher in Modesto’s 2-1 win over Stockton. Dollard struck out 10 batters over four scoreless innings in the 22-year-old’s first professional appearance for Seattle. Noelvi Marte also had his first extra-base hit of the season with a double. (Box score)
- It wasn’t exactly the debut we envisioned for George Kirby, who got tagged for three runs over 3.2 innings in Everett’s 7-2 loss to Hillsboro. However, the young right-hander still has not walked a batter as a professional. What was also encouraging was seeing Kirby already up to 70 pitches in his first start of the season. (Box score)
- The Arkansas Travelers barely got their game in against Northwest Arkansas as the game was called off after 4.5 innings due to rain. However, they won 4-0 in what was considered a full contest. Stephen Wrenn provided the spark with his first homer of the season as every member of the Travelers lineup reached base in this brief game. (Box score)
- Jarred Kelenic simply cannot stop hitting for Tacoma as the outfielder went 2-for-4 with a walk and a steal in the Rainiers’ 8-2 win over El Paso. Logan Gilbert tossed 67 pitches in his 2021 debut, throwing five frames of one-run ball while striking out five against no walks. Until they get the call, those are easily the two names most worth following on this Tacoma club. (Box score)
Around the league...
- Our good friend Wade Miley threw the fourth no-hitter already this season as the left-hander blanked Cleveland.
- Our very own Matthew Roberson wrote about the strange seasons of Willians Astudillo and Hanser Alberto, who each have yet to draw a walk.
- This is certainly a pleasant surprise.
MLB: 12 teams have hit the 85% vaccination threshold.— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) May 7, 2021
Overall vaccination rate in MLB: 83%.
- This is just stone cold.
would you like to see my favorite bat flip of the season? Yes, you would. pic.twitter.com/pfBe9GKd9X— Clinton Yates (@clintonyates) May 7, 2021
- Devan Fink at Fangraphs analyzes the early home run trend this season.
- The Finnish Baseball and Softball federation is hoping for 10x growth in the sport nationwide by 2025.
- Eric Longenhagen at Fangraphs wrote up a handful of interesting prospects from the week, including notes on Adam Macko.
- James Wagner at The New York Times wrote a heartwarming story about Ubaldo Jiménez, the former MLB starting pitcher who just received his college degree and thus delivered on a promise he made to his mom.
- Jazz Chisholm thanks his grandmother for the drive he has to succeed in baseball, writes Stephanie Apstein.
- Gain some cultural knowledge by reading James Schapiro’s story on Richard Staff, a wild character in Mets Twitter circles.
- Congratulations to Daren, whose fun graphics I’ll miss posting in here.
I have some personal news to share today...— Daren Willman (@darenw) May 7, 2021
After 5+ amazing seasons with @MLB, I'll be leaving soon to join the @Rangers Front Office as Sr. Director of R&D and Applications. It's an incredible opportunity and I'm really looking forward to getting started.
- An injury to a breakout star paves the way for an Oregon State alum to make his MLB debut.
#MNTwins placed Byron Buxton on the 10-day injured list with a grade two hip strain and called up Trevor Larnach.— Aaron Gleeman (@AaronGleeman) May 7, 2021
- Some in-division player swapping.
The Angels have acquired C Drew Butera from the Rangers in exchange for cash considerations. LAA also designated C Jack Kruger for assignment.— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) May 7, 2021
- People who thought the Astros would get off the hook easy after a fan-less 2020...were wrong.
"F --- ALTUVE" chants here at Yankee Stadium.— Brendan Kuty (@BrendanKutyNJ) May 7, 2021
It's the first inning and the Yankees are playing the Nationals.