Sunday links for a hopeful series victory.
In Mariners news:
- The Mariners have agreed to terms with 10 of their 20 draft picks so far. None of the top four have officially signed yet, although reportedly there are deals in place, but talented sixth round RHP Bryan Woo has been locked in, which was one we were most curious about. We’ll keep track of all the signings in this thread, and update the draft tracker when we have official confirmation:
Draft signings! Congratulations to OF Colin Davis (7th round), RHP Jordan Jackson (10th), SS Ben Ramirez (13th), and RHP Andrew Moore (15th) on signing their first pro contracts. pic.twitter.com/bebyOzKGi9— Lookout Landing (@LookoutLanding) July 17, 2021
- Congratulations to RHP Sam Carlson, who had the longest outing of his career yesterday with seven strong innings against a prospect-packed San Jose Giants lineup.
Outstanding start by Sam Carlson. Final line: 7IP, 4H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 4K, 96 pitches, 63 strikes. pic.twitter.com/cQpFuAwRZB— Mariners Minors (@MiLBMariners) July 18, 2021
- Rule-5 Pick RHP Will Vest was officially returned to the Detroit Tigers after being DFA’d this past week. The move is unsurprising for a Tigers club short on bullpen depth.
Around the league:
- In case you missed it, there was a really scary/weird hour last night where a bunch of stuff happened, so I’ll do my best to summarize it here.
- First of all, after a lengthy rain delay in New York before the game even started, the Yankees and Red Sox played through an actual monsoon (the game was called after six innings, the Yankees won 3-1) and things got uglier when the entire Red Sox bench objected to a call made by Laz Diaz and the bench coach and catcher Kevin Plawecki got ejected, and then things got even uglier when a fan threw something at Sox outfielder Alex Verdugo and the entire Red Sox outfield walked off the field in protest. What a mess.
- At almost the same time there was a scary moment in Washington when a shooting occurred outside of Nats Stadium; the gunfire could be heard inside the stadium, which sent the crowd into a panic, with people crouching on the concrete between the seats, fleeing for the concourse, and some being ushered to safety in the Padres dugout by Fernando Tatís and Manny Machado. Kevin Acee has a full account of the incident in the LA Times.
Here at Nats Park as fans are making their way out of the stadium.— Andrew Golden (@andrewcgolden) July 18, 2021
Talked to a fan who said the spectators in section 112-113 ducked down when they heard gunshots and everyone followed suit. Tatis and Machado opened the gate to the field and took fans to the dugout. pic.twitter.com/HM70l0tgDQ
- Yesterday was a tough day for injuries: recently-acquired Yankees speedster Tim Locastro has a torn ACL (maybe from running around in the soup that was the field at Yankee Stadium); Mookie Betts left the Dodgers game early due to hip irritation; and Francisco Lindor has an oblique strain.
- The Mets DFA’d outfielder Billy McKinney in order to activate J.D. Davis. McKinney was a solid bench piece for the Mets thanks to his ability to hit for power and will likely be picked up by another team looking for some lefty outfield thump.
- Those Mets also had their fair share of injury troubles, as Francisco Lindor hit the 10-day IL with an oblique strain and Jacob deGrom won’t start this Monday as he felt forearm tightness in a bullpen session.
- In somewhat cheerier news, the Chicago White Sox signed their ace, RHP Lance Lynn, to an extension. The deal is for two years and $38 million, with a team option for a third year at $18 million or a $1 million buyout.
- The Phillies and Red Sox completed a minor trade.
The Red Sox announce that they acquired RHP Victor Santos from the Phillies to complete their 1/18 trade of C.J. Chatham. Santos, 21, made four starts in Double-A, with a 3.05 ERA, 15 Ks, 4 BBs in 20 2/3 IP. That followed a 1.33 ERA, 25 Ks, 5 BBs in 20 1/3 IP in Hi-A.— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) July 17, 2021
- A number of clubs have locked up their top draft picks already. One such club is the Royals, who went the route of saving cash at the top of the draft to disperse it throughout. They’ve signed No. 7 overall pick LHP Frank Mozzicato for $3.55 million, saving over $1.9 million from the slot’s value.
- Baltimore made a similar move with OF Colton Cowser.
- Over at The Score, Travis Sawchik looked at which organizations appear to have seen the most significant improvements from their players in the minor leagues.
- Flawless start to finish.