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- Mike Oz at Big League Stew53 mins ago
It looks like Kris Bryant's call-up was just the start of prospect mania on the North Side. The Chicago Cubs, eyeing a run in the NL Central, are calling up their next hotshot prospect, 21-year-old infielder Addison Russell.
The news was first reported by CBS Sports' Jon Heymanand confirmed by our Jeff Passan, who notes the Cubs (7-5 after winning Monday night) will initially move Russell out of his natural position to better fit their needs:
Top prospect Addison Russell was indeed called up by the Cubs, as @JonHeymanCBS reported. Will play 2B for now. A shortstop long-term.
Russell ranked as Baseball America's No. 3 prospect coming into the 2015 season. Bryant was No. 1 and Byron Buxton of the Minnesota Twins was No. 2. Russell was the No. 5 overall prospect on MLB.com's list.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
If only Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price had a swear jar in his office. He might be able to pay star first baseman Joey Votto's $14 million salary after unleashing an epic, F-bomb laced tirade aimed at the local media before Monday night's game. The staggering final count: 77 F-bombs.
Price, the Reds' second-year manager, was none too pleased with beat reporters — particularly C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer — after news went public that catcher Devin Mesoraco wasn't available to pinch hit Sunday because he wasn't with the team. Price said he didn't like the media reporting news that could help the Reds' opponents.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
The Chicago Cubs/Pittsburgh Pirates experienced a brief delay Monday after a fan was hit in the head by a foul ball.
The fan was moving through the first row when a foul ball off the bat of Starlin Castro went straight back to the protective netting and hit her in the head. The ball did not travel through the netting, but the force pushed it back far enough that the ball made contact with the woman's head.
Video of the incident is below. If you would prefer not to watch it, please skip ahead.
Fan at the Cubs/Pirates game too close to the net behind home plate and takes one to the head pic.twitter.com/FQpL2pApeV
The game was immediately delayed so that the woman could be treated for her injuries. Medics brought a stretcher for the woman, and carried her off. The delay lasted 23 minutes.
While the situation was scary, the woman appeared to be conscious as she was removed from the field. The Pirates released a statement toward the end of the game that said:
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
There's nothing better than having a hot dog at a ball game. So, when a team offers hot dogs for just $1, it shouldn't come as a surprise that fans are willing to jump at the opportunity.
Kansas City Royals fans are having some second thoughts about cheap hot dogs after their most recent Buck Night. The quality of $1 hot dogs being served were not up to standard, according to KCTV5.
The above photo shows a normal, full-price hot dog at Kauffman Stadium, and one of the $1 dogs served on Buck Night. One fan, Neal Ross, attempted to return his subpar dog, but was told he could not.
"They kind of told us, 'well they're a dollar, so you get what you get,'" Ross said.
This was far from the only picture KCTV5 received from disgruntled fans.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
Giants prospect Adam Duvall does not care about your attempts to limit his offensive production. Duvall played against the Los Angeles Angels Triple-A affiliates, Salt Lake City Bees, on Sunday.
Due to the ridiculous offensive numbers posted in their park, the Bees installed a humidor during the offseason in order to limit production. Duvall appeared to take issue with that strategy.
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It's tough to get an accurate sense of where the ball landed based on the video, but the announcer says it hit a concession stand in left. That concession stand is over 474 feet away from home plate, so that gives you an idea of how well this ball was hit.
The moonshot wasn't enough for Duvall. On top of the home run, he ripped two doubles, a triple and an infield single. That's right, Duvall hit for his first-ever cycle.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew8 hrs ago
This is how bad things are going for the worst-in-MLB Milwaukee Brewers right now: Their starting second baseman, Scooter Gennett, is likely to miss a couple of games after a shower injury.
Yes, a shower injury. After Sunday's road game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, which was Milwaukee's fifth straight loss, Gennett was attacked by a shower at PNC Park. His hand was sliced, he needed stitches and he's likely to miss two games. Gennett is not in the lineup Monday, but expects he'll be ready to play Wednesday.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew9 hrs ago
Anyone who has watched Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons play defense has likely uttered the phase "how did he do that?" With Statcast, now we'll know.
Remember those fancy graphics you saw during the All Star Game, and the playoffs, last year? That's Statcast. The technology is set to make its 2015 debut during an MLB Network Showcase game between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday.
MLB.com describes Statcast as "an innovative player-tracking technology that produces revolutionary data." In order to get a better sense of what that means, check out this video:
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There's a lot to break down here. While we aren't 100 percent certain how MLB Network will roll out the new technology, we have some ideas of what we'll see Tuesday. If Bryce Harper smashes a home run, we'll have instant access to the velocity of the ball off the bat. If Lance Lynn picks up a strikeout, we'll have access to his spin rate, release point data and movement.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew10 hrs ago
While many people still like to moan and groan that baseball is dying, the numbers continue to tell the opposite story. And the latest data from MLB tell us that the start of the 2015 season further punctuates that.
In fact, the start of the new season was so popular it broke attendance records, according to these nuggets announced by the league Monday:
• Combined attendance from the first two weekends of the season was 3,093,382, the highest figure in history. And this isn't one of those gets-better-every-year numbers. The previous record was 2,978,303, set in 2005. So it's a 10-year high in addition to being a record.
• Both weekends have drawn 1.5 million fans, the first time in history the first two weekends of the season have brought out that many people.
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew13 hrs ago
The Atlanta Braves' bullpen took another hit Monday, though this time it's not due to injury or trade. Left-hander Andrew McKirahan was suspended 80 games after testing positive for PEDs. The news comes via Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports and was confirmed by the Braves.
McKirahan, 25, was picked up by Atlanta off waivers from Miami near the end of spring training. He's the third major leaguer to receive a PED suspension so far this season. Twins starting pitcher Ervin Santana and Mets closer Jenrry Mejia are the other two. Braves minor league arm Arodys Vizcaino is also serving an 80-game ban for a positive test. Santana, Mejia, and Vizcaino were all said to have used the steroid Stanozolol .Tue, Apr 217:10 PM EDTAtlanta at NY MetsPreview Game
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew15 hrs ago
Move over, Kris Bryant. There's another big-time prospect coming to Chicago.
Rodon was the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 MLB draft following a stellar college career at N.C. State. He pitched well in spring training, putting up a 3.06 ERA with five walks and 21 strikeouts over 17 2/3 innings , but was assigned to Triple-A Charlotte to start the season. In two Triple-A starts, the big lefty went 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA.