The latest minor moves from across baseball…
- The Reds have acquired right-hander Robinson Leyer from the White Sox, per Jon Heyman of FanRag. It’s not yet known what the ChiSox will receive for the 25-year-old Leyer, who debuted with their organization in 2012. Leyer spent a large portion of the previous two seasons at the Double-A level, including all of 2017, when he posted a 3.55 ERA with 9.57 K/9, 5.09 BB/9 and a 37.3 percent groundball rate in 58 1/3 innings.
- The Red Sox have acquired catcher Mike Ohlman from the Rangers for cash considerations, TR Sullivan of MLB.com tweets. A 2009 draft pick of the Orioles (11th round), Ohlman made his major league debut with the Blue Jays last year, though he only collected 13 plate appearances, before signing a minors pact with the Rangers in the offseason. The 27-year-old has done most of his recent work at the Triple-A level, where he has batted .240/.334/.424 in 518 PAs. It seems unlikely he’ll be a factor in Boston, whose catcher contingent features just-extended starter Christian Vazquez and backups Sandy Leon and Blake Swihart.
- The Pirates have placed outfielder Bryce Brentz on outright waivers, Liz Bloom of the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette reports. Pittsburgh acquired the 29-year-old Brentz from Boston back in February, but the out-of-options slugger was then unable to earn a spot with his new organization during the spring. Brentz raked in the minors last year, where he tortured Triple-A pitchers with a .271/.334/.529 line (138 wRC+) and 31 home runs in 494 PAs. However, Brentz hasn’t been nearly that successful in the majors since the BoSox used a first-round pick on him in 2010, having hit .287/.311/.379 with just one HR in 90 trips to the plate.
That ‘torturing’ .271 average tho…
His on base % and slugging % made for a pretty good OPS though
I understand what you’re saying, but nobody wants to face a guy with a 138 wRC+.
That’s a pretty good stat line
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Darin Ruf will mentor him.
“ . . . where he tortured Triple-A pitching . . . “
Speaking of “tortured”, the English language is on line two.
The quote was actually “tortured Triple-A pitchers” and either way the wording makes complete sense so I’m not really sure what you’re talking about
The Pirates seem like they are going to go above and beyond to try to keep Rule 5 pick Jordan Milbraith. They are convinced the Indians will claim him back and are going with 13 pitchers, which cost Brentz his spot.
Brentz just can’t catch a break. Traded by Boston….and he can’t even catch on in Pittsburgh. I agree..Japan or Korea seems a smart choice.
Brentz clears spot for Osuna,
who is primed to show that he is among the Pirates’ best hitters.
Mendoza Line 215
It seems to me that the Pirates were hoping that Brentz could provide some sorely needed power but he has never really provided that in his ML cups of coffee.I am hoping that he clears waivers and gets another extended chance if and when Polanco gets hurt again this year.
I think that Osuna could benefit from another year in AAA,spring training stats notwithstanding.He really does not have a position with Bell at first base although his outfield work was acceptable last year inasmuch as it was his first experience there I believe.He does have a chance to be a good hitter as he was not overwhelmed last year in extended action.
The comment on Milbrath may be correct but my guess is that they have so many relievers that they want to maximize the look at him.If I recall correctly he was not doing too well in spring training.
Love to see the BoSox sign him to a minor league contract.. Good insurance in case someone gets hurt.
Robinson not an honest guy. Genghis Hahn had to move him
hope he gets back to Boston again… late bloomers deserve chances