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Rangers RHP prospect Cole Winn struck out nine over six innings of one-run baseball Wednesday for Triple-A Round Rock.


May 26   12:39 PM

Winn, 22, allowed just three hits in the contest. He did walk four, however, and walks have been a major issue for the right-hander in 2022 with 27 free passes in 42 1/3 innings. When he's at his best, Winn shows four pitches that can miss bats, but he's going to have to show better command to let those pitches play. He has a good opportunity to play for the Rangers in 2023, and if he can keep the walks to a low roar, he has the stuff to be an intriguing fantasy option. Just keep in mind there's a lot of volatility right now. 


Rays 1B prospect Kyle Manzardo homered twice Wednesday for High-A Bowling Green.


May 26   12:22 PM

Manzardo also added a single in a 3-for-5 effort. The 21-year-old has been outstanding in his first full season of professional baseball, as the pair of roundtrippers along with the knock have him slashing .340/.413/.585 over 14 games. A second-round pick out of Washington State, Manzardo is hit above power, and has a good chance to hit for a high average because of his line-drive swing from the left side. He also does have some pop -- as seen in Wednesday's game -- so 15-to-20 homer seasons are possible. Manzardo isn't an elite first base prospect, but he does have a chance to be a regular, one that could help Tampa Bay by the end of 2024. 


Marlins RHP prospect Eury Pérez fired six scoreless innings Wednesday for Double-A Pensacola.


May 26   12:22 PM

Pérez , 19, allowed three hits with one walk, and he struck out five. The 6-foot-8 right-hander has had an up-and-down season in terms of preventing runs as seen in a 3.71 ERA, but his 50/9 K/BB ratio over 34 innings is more indicative of the talent in his right arm. Signed as an international free agent in 2019, Perez uses that impressive height to get downhill with a mid 90s fastball that has touched 98-99 mph at times, but his change might be his best pitch, and he also has a quality curveball. He throws everything for strikes, and the command isn't far behind the control. Pérez is a part of the loaded Marlins' pitching system, and with all due respect to a few other names, he has the most upside of any hurler in the group. 


Giants INF prospect Marco Luciano went 1-for-4 with a homer Wednesday for High-A Eugene.


May 26   12:22 PM

Luciano 20, has his eighth homer of the season in the Northwest League. The star prospect has gotten off to an excellent start for the Emeralds as seen in a slash of .303/.373/.563 over 33 games and 119 at-bats. If this keeps up, Luciano has a real chance to reach Double-A in the coming months, and that gives him an opportunity to be a member of the Giants -- and potentially fantasy teams -- in 2023. 


Royals INF prospect Vinnie Pasquantino went 5-for-7 with two homers Wednesday for Triple-A Omaha.


May 26   12:00 PM

On top of the two homers, Pasquantino also doubled twice, drove in five runs and scored four of his own. Goodness. The 24-year-old out of Old Dominion is now slashing a brilliant .296/.396/.638 -- good for a 1.024 OPS -- and has added 12 homers in just 42 games. Pasquantino has proven everything he can at the Triple-A level, and is more than deserving of a chance to face MLB pitching. When the Royals call him up, fantasy managers should consider doing the same. 


Marlins acquired INF/OF Luke Williams from the Giants for INF/OF Hayden Cantrelle.


May 26   11:22 AM

Williams was designated for assignment by San Francisco this past Saturday and will move on now to his third different organization. The 25-year-old former third-round pick of the Phillies owns a career .245/.308/.318 batting line in 66 games (120 plate appearances) at the major league level.


Giants acquired INF/OF Hayden Cantrelle from the Marlins for INF/OF Luke Williams.


May 26   11:22 AM

Cantrelle, 23, has struggled to a .185/.312/.337 batting line in 28 games (110 plate appearances) this season at Double-A. But he is a couple of years younger than Williams, who had been DFA'd by San Francisco.


Giants optioned RHP Mauricio Llovera to Triple-A Sacramento.


May 26   11:22 AM

Jake McGee (back) is expected to fill the vacant roster spot ahead of Friday's series opener in Cincinnati. Llovera, 26, has surrendered 16 earned runs over 15 1/3 career innings of work in the major leagues.


Nick Madrigal (back) is set to begin a minor league rehab assignment Saturday with Triple-A Iowa.


May 26   10:30 AM

That would put him on track to rejoin the Cubs toward the middle or end of next week. Madrigal, 25, was slashing just .203/.250/.241 with zero home runs and one stolen base through 23 games (84 plate appearances) on the season when he hit the injured list May 10 because of lower back tightness.


Alec Mills (back, quad) is scheduled to throw three innings in a rehab start Friday at Triple-A Iowa.


May 26   9:58 AM

Mills went on the injured list just before Opening Day due to a lower back strain and then tweaked his quad in late April, but he's back on the right track now and should be an option for the Cubs around early-to-mid June.


Sean Newcomb (ankle) will make another rehab appearance on Friday.


May 26   9:58 AM

Newcomb pitched a scoreless frame for Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday, and Friday's outing could be the final step before he is cleared to return to the Cubs' bullpen. He's been on the IL since May 11 due to a left ankle sprain.


Guardians released OF Anthony Alford.


May 26   9:06 AM

Alford already has a deal lined up with the KT Wiz of the Korea Baseball Organization. The 27-year-old former top prospect leaves behind a .209/.275/.368 batting line in 240 career major league plate appearances.


Charlie Morton surrendered four runs in 4 1/3 innings Wednesday in a no-decision against the Phillies.


May 26   2:05 AM

Morton was given four runs to work with in the second inning, but he was again mediocre. He's allowed four earned runs in four of his nine starts and amassed a 5.28 ERA to date. There's still plenty of time for him to turn it around, but he's been awfully frustrating thus far.


Dansby Swanson finished 4-for-5 with a homer and two RBI as the Braves bested the Phillies 8-4 on Wednesday.


May 26   2:05 AM

Swanson hit second tonight for the first time this season. He did lead off on May 11, but he'd otherwise found himself exclusively in the bottom third of the order. If the nice game tonight buys him some more time in the two hole, he'll return to being pretty useful in shallow leagues. Still, with his 33% strikeout rate, the seventh spot seems to suit him better right now.


Making his first appearance in nine days, Orlando Arcia doubled twice and walked as the Braves' DH on Wednesday.


May 26   1:47 AM

Arcia is now hitting .341/.417/.512 with one of the game's better hard-hit rates in 48 plate appearances. It's disappointing that he hasn't adapted better to playing the outfield, but he deserves a long look in the Braves lineup. He could wind up being interesting in mixed leagues in the long run.


Ranger Suarez was tagged for five runs in 4 1/3 innings by the Braves in a loss Wednesday.


May 26   1:47 AM

Suarez didn't give up all that much hard contact, but he couldn't make up for walking four batters. He simply has to do better there going forward. He's already given up 23 runs in 43 2/3 innings this year after allowing just 20 in 106 innings in 2021.


Spencer Strider got his first MLB victory Wednesday after striking out five in 2 2/3 scoreless innings of relief against the Phillies.


May 26   1:47 AM

Strider has a 2.22 ERA and a 37/11 K/BB ratio in 24 1/3 innings out of the pen. The Braves might eventually be tempted to send him down in order to get him stretched out and contribute as a starter, but he's providing plenty of value right now.


Charlie Morton surrendered four runs in 4 1/3 innings Wednesday in a no-decision against the Phillles.


May 26   1:47 AM

Morton was given four runs to work with in the second inning, but he was again mediocre. He's allowed four earned runs in four of his nine starts and amassed a 5.28 ERA to date. There's still plenty of time for him to turn it around, but he's been awfully frustrating thus far.


Dansby Swanson finished 4-for-5 with a homer and two RBI as the Braves bested the Rangers 8-4 on Wednesday.


May 26   1:47 AM

Swanson hit second tonight for the first time this season. He did lead off on May 11, but he'd otherwise found himself exclusively in the bottom third of the order. If the nice game tonight buys him some more time in the two hole, he'll return to being pretty useful in shallow leagues. Still, with his 33% strikeout rate, the seventh spot seems to suit him better right now.


Anthony Rendon went 2-for-3 with an RBI single and a walk in Wednesday's loss to the Rangers.


May 26   1:27 AM

Rendon picked up an RBI single against Glenn Otto in the bottom of the first inning, but the Angels' offense might as well have just saved themselves the energy and hit the showers after that. The team did not score again in the contest. In 40 games played this season, veteran third baseman Rendon is slashing .248/.343/.413 with five homers and 23 RBI. While his overall numbers might not look particularly shiny, Rendon has shown signs of picking up the pace of late, having collected multiple hits in four of his last six games.


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