Top prospect Willy Adames is back with the Rays, who announced today that they’ve placed Daniel Robertson on the 10-day disabled list due to a strained left hamstring and recalled the 22-year-old Adames in his place. It’ll be the second stint in the Majors this season for Adames, who is considered Tampa Bay’s best position-player prospect and is generally regarded among the game’s top 30 or so all-around farmhands. He went 2-for-12 in a brief debut stint with the Rays last month but is hitting a much more palatable .286/.356/.424 in Triple-A despite his relative youth. Adames isn’t teeming with power, but he should stick at shortstop and has the potential to be an above-average bat there. Certainly, that’s the hope for the Rays, who only control Adeiny Hechavarria through season’s end. Hechavarria recently checked in on the first edition of MLBTR’s Top 50 trade candidates, and if he’s moved, then a path to everyday at-bats would be open for Adames.
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- The Orioles’ attempt to bring right-hander Pedro Araujo along at the Majors could be on its last legs, writes Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun. Araujo broke camp with the club as a Rule 5 player, but he quickly proved unready for high-leverage spots and has since struggled to even keep the O’s in the game when the team is trailing. Araujo is being asked to make the jump from Class-A Advanced to the Majors, and the results haven’t been pretty; after surrendering four runs in an inning yesterday, he’s sitting on a 7.71 ERA with a 29-to-18 K/BB ratio, two hit batters and a wild pitch through 28 innings of relief. The Orioles, Encina notes, need to open a spot on the active roster for the return of Zach Britton, and cutting bait on the Araujo experiment could be one such way of facilitating the longtime closer’s return.
- Mark W. Sanchez of the New York Post spoke to infielder Brandon Drury about the Yankees’ decision to option him to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre at the conclusion of his rehab assignment. Unsurprisingly, Drury expressed some disappointment and frustration at being sent down. “I wasn’t happy about it,” said the 25-year-old. “…It’s not easy. But this is going to make me better. Just gotta keep doing what I can do right now, be back up soon.” Drury is doing plenty to display both his abilities and his health in Scranton, slashing .324/.457/.461 through 127 plate appearances there. Unfortunately for him, Miguel Andujar has heated back up at the plate and is even beginning to draw a few more walks. Since Drury was activated from the DL and optioned, Andujar has batted .361/.413/.722 with five homers, drawing six walks against nine strikeouts in 80 plate appearances along the way.