The latest minor moves from around the sport…
- The Astros have added shortstop Jeremy Pena and catcher Korey Lee to their 60-man player pool, per Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle. Both players (Pena at No. 6, Lee No. 7) rank among the Astros’ best prospects at MLB.com. The 22-year-old Pena was a third-round pick of the Astros in 2018 who batted .317/.378/.467 in his first 185 plate appearances at High-A last season. Lee, 22, joined the Astros as the 32nd selection in the 2019 draft. After that, Lee hit .268/.359/.371 over 259 PA during his low-A debut.
- The Padres have released left-hander Travis Radke, Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune tweets. He had been a part of the Padres’ 60-man player pool. Radke will now look for a second organization after spending the first several years of his pro career with the Padres, who chose him in the 25th round of the 2014 draft. The 27-year-old had a successful minor league tenure as a member of the Padres, with whom he recorded a 3.24 ERA in 183 1/3 innings. He ended his Pads stint last year with 71 2/3 frames of 2.64 ERA pitching and 9.5 K/9 against 3.0 BB/9 among their High-A, Double-A and Triple-A levels.
Kind of surprising to see the Padres release a guy who’s essentially had a 2.20 ERA the past 3 seasons in the minors with better than a K/inning. Given how pathetic the Red Sox pitching staff has been… I’d like to see them give this kid a shot – at least at their alternate site to see if he really can produce anywhere near the levels he has in the minors in the ML.
Travis Radke would be an improvement for the Sox….of course, so would Brad Radke.
He can be the Pittsburgh Pirates next project. Hopefully they claim him and see what he can do.
I suppose Chaim will pick him up if he has a good up side.
Couldn’t hurt to Sox to pickup Radke for the rest of the season and see what he can do.