Athletics prospect 1B Matt Olson went 2-for-2 with a solo home run and three walks on Thursday for Double-A Midland.
The home run was the seventh of the season for Olson, who finished third in the minor leagues last season with 37. The 21-year-old slugger is batting just .236 through his first 205 plate appearances in the Texas League, but he’s been able to keep his strikeout rate (22.9%) in line with his career average and, more significantly, improve his walk rate (20.5%) against advanced pitching. Olson is a big part of the A’s future, but don’t expect to see him in the major leagues before the 2016 season.
Twins optioned RHP Michael Tonkin to Triple-A Rochester.
Tonkin holds a 5.14 ERA with seven strikeouts over seven relief innings with the big club this season. He'll get another shot at some point.
Twins activated RHP Casey Fien from the 15-day disabled list.
Fien missed a month of action with a right shoulder strain. He'll return to a setup role for the Twins.
Jason Marquis has been demoted to the Reds' bullpen.
It's pretty amazing that he lasted this long, really. Marquis posted a 6.46 ERA over nine starts for the Reds, including an 8.50 mark over his last four outings. He'll work in a mop-up role.
Orioles prospect OF Dariel Alvarez slugged a pair of solo home runs on Thursday for Triple-A Norfolk.
Alvarez now has six long balls on the season, but he’s batting just .237/.267/.371 with a 2.1% walk rate in 195 plate appearances. The 26-year-old was signed by Baltimore out of Cuba in 2013 and performed well last season in his first full stateside campaign, posting a .306/.330/.472 batting line with 15 home runs and 37 doubles in 564 plate appearances between the Double- and Triple-A levels. Alvarez should make his big league debut with Orioles at some point this season, but he’ll first need to right the ship in Triple-A.
Johnny Cueto (elbow) will not be ready to start on Sunday against the Nationals as hoped.
It doesn't appear that Cueto has had another setback, but rather the Reds just want to give him some more time. They're hoping he'll be ready to take the ball sometime during the series with the Phillies that begins next Tuesday. Michael Lorenzen will start Sunday.
Charlie Blackmon is not in the Rockies' lineup Friday.
It's just a day of rest. Brandon Barnes is in center field with Blackmon on the bench.
Rockies prospect 2B Forrest Wall went 2-for-4 with his fifth home run of the season on Thursday for Low-A Asheville.
The No. 35 overall pick in last year’s draft is off to a strong start in his full-season debut, batting .264/.345/.472 through 43 games in the South Atlantic League. The 19-year-old second baseman also has a handful of doubles and triples to go along with his five dingers, giving him a .208 ISO for the season, while his 10.1 percent walk rate has enabled him to swipe seven bags in 11 attempts. Wall is viewed of the better second-base prospects in the minor leagues, standing out for his plus speed and offensive potential, and the fact that he’ll play half his games at Coors Field makes even more attractive from a fantasy perspective.