Apr 262015
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-4;
Lost, 5-2
@ Rochester,
1:35 p.m.
Jordan (1-1, 0.79) vs.
Dean (1-0, 0.75)
Harrisburg Won, 7-4 vs. Reading,
1:30 p.m.
Espino (0-2, 3.18) vs.
Windle (0-1, 7.36)
Potomac Postponed vs. Lynchburg,
1:05 p.m.
Bacus (0-0, 2.57) and
Spann (0-2, 5.25) vs.
Rayl (0-1, 4.50) and
Peoples (0-1, 3.48)
Hagerstown Won, 6-5 @ Lakewood,
1:05 p.m.
A. Williams (2-1, 0.57 vs.
E. Garcia (1-1, 3.86)

Syracuse 5 Rochester 4 — GAME ONE
• McGregor (W, 1-1) 5IP, 9H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 7K, HR
• Meek (SV, 2) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• Ka‘aihue 2-3, R, BB
• Taylor 2-4, 2R, 2RBI
• den Dekker 2-4, R

The Chiefs scored four times with two out in the 6th to turn a 4-1 deficit into 5-4 win to stop a two-game slide and take the opener. Scott McGregor got the win despite allowing all four Redwings runs on nine hits and a walk over five innings, though he did strike out seven. Even Meek did not inherit the earth, nor did he allow the tying or go-ahead runs to score in the 6th as he got the last four outs for his second save. Kila Ka‘aihue reached base three times to lead the Syracuse attack.

Rochester 5 Syracuse — GAME TWO
• Billings (L, 0-2) 3IP, 6H, 5R, 4ER, BB, 0K, 2HBP
• Lively 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• den Dekker 1-3, R
• Butler 1-1, BB, SF, RBI

Rochester scored in three of the first four innings and held off a late Syracuse charge to earn the doubleheader split with a 5-2 win. Bruce Billings let in all five runs on six hits and a walk while also hitting two batters to lose for the second time this season. Back-to-back walks to lead off the 7th led to both Chiefs runs, as Dan Butler connected on a sac fly and Jose Lozada stroked an RBI single to make the game look closer than it really was.

Reading 7 Harrisburg 4
• Ross 7IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 8K
• De Los Santos (BS, 1; W, 1-1) 1IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, K
• Goodwin 2-3, 3R, 2B, BB, E(2)
• Severino 1-2, R, 2BB, 2RBI
• Lisson 1-1, 2RBI

Harrisburg blew a 3-0 lead in the top of the 8th but got it back with a four-run response in the bottom of the 8th for a 7-4 win over Reading. Abel De Los Santos got the blown-save-win, spoiling seven innings of two-hit shutout ball spun by Joe Ross, who walked two an struck out eight. Pedro Severino (1-for-2) and Mario Lisson (1-for-1, PH) both connected for two-run singles while Brian Goodwin singled, doubled, and walked while scoring three runs to pace the Senators offense.
Roster moves: C Cole Leonida placed on restricted list; C Brian Jeroloman activated from XST.

Potomac vs. Lynchburg — PPD
The Hillcats and P-Nats were rained out on Saturday. They’ll make it up with a doubleheader this afternoon.

Hagerstown 6 Lakewood 5
• J. Rodriguez 4IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Orlan (W, 1-0) 3+ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 5K
• Abreu 2-3, R, BB
• DeBruin 3-4, BB, RBI
• Keller 3-5, 2R, 2B, SB

The Suns put up three in the 1st, one in the 3rd and two in the 6th but barely held on for 6-5 win, snapping a four-game losing streak. Jefry Rodriguez made his first start in nearly 11 months, tossing four shutout innings with one hit and two walks allowed while setting down four on strikes. Three relievers combined to give up five runs over five innings, with the win going to R.C. Orlan and the save going to Sam Johns. Alec Keller and Gavin DeBruin both notched three hits as the Hagerstown batters racked up 12 hits and drew four walks total.
Roster moves: RHP Jefry Rodriguez activated from XST; RHP Drew Van Orden reassigned to Auburn.

Trea Turner Update
Turner collected his 5th double while going 1-for-6 in an 8-7 Missions win.

Apr 252015
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed @ Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
McGregor (0-1, 3.12) and
Bilings (0-1, 3.60) vs.
Hamburger (0-1, 9.35) and
Dean (1-0, 0.75)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-4 vs. Reading,
6:30 p.m.
Ross (0-1, 6.00) vs.
Eflin (2-0, 0.00)
Potomac Won, 3-1 vs. Lynchburg,
7:05 p.m.
Bacus (0-0, 2.57) vs.
Rayl (0-1, 4.50)
Hagerstown Lost, 2-1 @ Lakewood,
4:05 p.m.
TBD vs. Oliver (1-1, 3.60)

Rochester vs. Syracuse — PPD
For the second straight game, cold weather forced a postponement. They’ll try again this afternoon with a doubleheader starting at 12:35 p.m.
Roster moves: SS Emmanuel Burriss placed on the 3-day TIL; UT Jose Lozada activated from the 7-Day DL.

Reading 7 Harrisburg 4
• Voth (L, 2-1) 4⅔ IP, 9H, 7R, 7ER, 2BB, 3K
• Demny 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Skole 2-4, 3B
• Perez 2-2, 2R, 2BB, RBI

Reading broke open a 3-1 game with a four-run 5th as they cruised to a 7-4 win over Harrisburg. Starter Austin Voth gave up all seven runs on nine hits and two walks as her suffered his first loss of the season. Brian Goodwin made his appearance in nearly 10 months but was 0-for-5 with two strikeouts while commtting an error. Stephen Perez led the Sens offense with two walks, two singles, and two runs scored while rehabbing Anthony Rendon was 1-for-2 with a double while playing five innings.
Roster moves: IF Adrian Sanchez placed on the 7-Day DL; IF Anthony Rendon added to roster for MLB rehab; OF Brian Goodwin activated from XST.

Potomac 3 Lynchburg 1
• Suero (W, 3-0) 7IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 7K
• Dupra (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Bostick 2-4, SB(5)
• Martinez 1-3, RBI

Wander Suero tied career highs in innings pitched and strikeouts as he beat the Lynchburg Hillcats for the third time in three starts this season Last Night In Woodbridge.
Roster move: RHP Blake Schwartz retired; RHP John Simms activated from XST.

Lakewood 2 Hagerstown 1
• Valdez 5IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 5K, 2HBP
• Ullmann (L, 1-1) 2IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K
• Keller 3-4, 2B
• DeBruin 3-3, 2B, RBI, E

The Blue Claws put the pinch on the Suns, 2-1, sending Hagerstown to its fourth straight loss. Phillips Valdez started and went the first five innings, giving up an unearned run on four hits while striking out five. The loss went to Ryan Ullmann as he gave up the deciding run on pair of singles in the 7th. Alec Keller and Grant DeBruin both singled twice and doubled once while the rest of the lineup was 2-for-25 with eight strikeouts.

Trea Turner Update
Turner’s 10-game hit streak and 11-game on-base streak ended last night as he was 0-for-5 and struck out three times in a 5-3 San Antonio loss.

Apr 242015
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed @ Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
McGregor (0-1, 3.12) vs.
Hamburger (0-1, 9.35)
Harrisburg Won, 3-0 vs. Reading,
6:30 p.m.
Voth (2-0, 2.50) vs.
Biddle (1-0, 1.64)
Potomac OFF DAY vs. Lynchburg,
7:05 p.m.
Suero (2-0, 4.09) vs.
Lugo (0-1, 8.64)
Hagerstown Lost, 4-0 @ Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Casimiro (0-2, 8.38) vs.
Valdez (1-1, 2.70)

Rochester vs. Syracuse — PPD
With gametime temperatures below 40, the finale of the Chiefs-Redwings series was postponed. It will be made up on July 10th as part of a doubleheader.
Roster move: RHP Matt Swynenberg reassigned from Harrisburg.

Harrisburg 3 Reading 0
• Alderson (W, 1-0) 7IP, 4H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Solis (H, 1) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Mendez (SV, 1) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Renda 2-4, R, RBI, SB
• Pleffner 2-4

Three Harrisburg pitchers took the fight out of Reading with a 3-0, six-hit shutout. Veteran Tim Alderson got the win with just four hits and two walks allowed over seven innings. Sammy Solis pitched around a double in the 8th for the hold. Gilberto Mendez preserved the win with a scoreless 9th for his first save of 2015. Tony Renda and Shawn Pleffner both went 2-for-4 while Caleb Ramsey scored the first and last Senators runs with a triple in the 1st and walk in the 8th.
Roster move: RHP Brian Rauh promoted from Potomac.

Potomac — OFF DAY
The P-Nats and Hillcats square off for the third time this month — Games 9-12 of 15 in the first half — as the Woodbridge nine return for their second homestand of the season.
Roster move: RHP Kevin Perez assigned from XST.

Lakewood 4 Hagerstown 0
• Van Orden (L, 1-1) 5IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K, HR, WP
• M. Sanchez 3IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, 0BB, 3K
• Masters 1-3
• Davidson 0-3, BB

Hagerstown tumbled to its third straight loss with a 4-0 shutout by Lakewood. Drew Van Orden let in two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out four. Mario Sanchez gave up single runs in the 6th and 7th as the put the game out of reach, as the Suns offense was limited to just four singles and two walks.

Trea Turner Update
Turner doubled in his second at-bat to extend his hit streak to 10 games, going 1-for-5 with two whiffs in a 5-4 San Antonio loss.

Apr 232015
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 11-7 vs. Rochester,
1:05 p.m.
McGregor (0-1, 3.12) vs.
Hamburger (0-1, 9.35)
Harrisburg Postponed vs. Reading,
6:30 p.m.
Alderson (0-0, 4.22) vs.
Nola (1-1, 3.38)
Potomac Lost, 6-3 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Lost, 5-4 @ Lakewood,
6:35 p.m.
Van Orden (1-0, 3.27) vs.
Viza (2-0, 4.09)

Rochester 11 Syracuse 7
• T. Hill 3⅔ IP, 8H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• R. Hill 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Taylor 2-5, 2R, HR, RBI, 3K
• Stewart 2-4, 2R, HR, 3RBI, 2K
• Martinson 1-3, R, BB, HR, 2RBI

A 6-1 lead was too big for Taylor Hill to hold as the Redwings put up five in the 4th to tie it and four in the 6th to pull away for an 11-7 win over the Chiefs. Hill was charged with six runs on eight hits, including a two-run home run. Sam Runion took the loss, giving up four of the final five Rochester runs. Michael Taylor (2-for-5), Ian Stewart (2-for-4), and Jason Martinson (1-for-3) each homered for Syracuse. Roster move: LHP Matt Grace recalled to Washington.

Harrisburg vs. Altoona — PPD.
Rain and cold postponed the series finale between the Curve and Sens. It will be made up when Harrisburg returns to Altoona in mid-May.

Wilmington 6 Potomac 3
• Schwartz (L, 0-2) 4⅓ IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 3K, HBP
• Mapes 2⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, K, 2-1 IR-S
• Ward 4-5, 2R, 2B
• Miller 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 3RBI

The Blue Rocks struck for five in the 5th en route to win 6-3 win against the P-Nats and prevent a series sweep. Starter Blake Schwartz took the loss, giving up five runs on eight hits over four and 2/3rds innings. Potomac racked up 12 hits and drew five walks, but left on 13 runners. Drew Ward went 4-for-5 with a double and two runs scored while Brandon Miller drove in three with an RBI double in the 3rd and a two-run homer in the 5th.

Delmarva 5 Hagerstown 4
• Reyes 5+ IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K
• Ramos (L, 0-2) 3IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Reistetter 4-4, R, RBI
• Abreu 2-4, 2B, 2RBI, SB

Make that ten career blown saves for David Ramos as the Suns southpaw gave up two in the 9th to turn a 4-3 edge into a 5-4 loss to the Shorebirds for his second blown-save-loss of the year. The 23-y.o. brother of Wilson was dinged for a two-run HR in his third inning of work, giving up five hits total while walking one and striking out two. Starter Luis Reyes allowed the first three Delmarva runs on seven hits and two walks over five-plus innings. Hagerstown tallied 12 hits, led by catcher Matt Reistetter at 4-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI

Trea Turner Update
Wednesday was an off day for the San Antonio Missions.

Apr 222015
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 1-0;
Lost, 2-0
vs. Rochester,
1:05 p.m.
T. Hill (1-0, 1.42) vs.
Wheeler (0-1, 3.09)
Harrisburg Won, 6-3;
Lost, 2-1
@ Altoona,
6:00 p.m.
Alderson (0-0, 4.22) vs.
Glasnow (1-0, 0.82)
Potomac Won, 6-0 @ Wilmington,
10:35 a.m.
Schwartz (0-1, 4.09) vs.
Mills (0-1, 4.50)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-3 vs. Delmarva,
10:35 a.m.
Reyes (0-1, 5.59) vs.
Grimes (0-0, 9.72)

Syracuse 1 Rochester 0 — GAME ONE
• Cole 6IP, 5H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Meek (W, 1-0) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Martinson 1-3, R, HR, RBI
• Taylor 2-2, BB, SB, CS

Jason Martinson’s leadoff, walkoff HR in the bottom of the 7th broke up the Star Trek convention on the stadium scoreboard and gave the Chiefs a 1-0 win in the opener. A.J. Cole outdueled former Nats farmhand Alex Meyer, tossing six shutout innings with five hits, no walks, and three whiffs. It was the first time in three starts that he did not give up a HR. Michael Taylor rounded out the Syracuse hit column with a pair of singles, a walk, and a stolen base in his first game back from DC.

Rochester 2 Syracuse 0 — GAME TWO
• Bleier (L, 0-1) 4IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K
• Lively 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Taylor 1-2, BB, SB
• Johnson 1-2, 2B

The Redwings dropped a deuce in the 4th inning and stifled the Chiefs in the second game to take the second game, 2-0. Richard Bleier started and was charged with both Rochester runs on six hits and a walk to suffer the loss. Michael Taylor singled, walked, and stole a base but the Syracuse offense was held to just four hits and two walks total.

Harrisburg 6 Altoona 3 — COMP.
• Self (W, 1-0) 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 4K
• De Los Santos (S, 3) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Perez 2-4, BB, 2RBI, SB
• Lisson 3-4, 2R, HR, RBI

In the continuation, Harrisburg scored twice in the 7th to tie and three in the 9th to double up Altoona, 6-3. Derek Self got the win with two scoreless innings as the first reliever out of the ‘pen. Abel De Los Santos tossed a 1-2-3 ninth to earn his third save. Stephen Perez singled twice, walked once and drove in two while Mario Lisson finished at 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a HR.

Altoona 2 Harrisburg 1 — GAME TWO
• Espino (L, 0-2) 6IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Ramsey 2-3, R, SB, OF assist at 2B
• Hague 2-3, 2SB

The Curve took the nightcap, 2-1, on a 5th-inning HR by Sebastian Vale. Paolo Espino pitched all six innings for the Sens, allowing both runs on three hits and two walks while striking out two. Caleb Ramsey and Ricky Hague combined for four hits and three stolen bases as the Harrisburg offense was limited to six hits and one walk total.
Roster moves: OF Delta Cleary Jr. released; OF Derrick Robinson reassigned from Syracuse; RHP Robert Benincasa placed on the 7-Day DL; RHP James Simmons activated from XST.

Potomac 6 Wilmington 0
• Rauh (W, 2-0) 7IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Thomas 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Kieboom 1-3, R, 2BB
• Mesa 2-4, 2B, 2RBI
• Ward 2-4, R, RBI, SB

Three Potomac pitchers combined on a two-hit shutout of Wilmington, 6-0. Brian Rauh gave up both hits along with a walk while setting down three on strikes over seven innings. Justin Thomas and Cody Davis each turned in a scoreless inning in relief. Spencer Kieboom reached base three times on a single and two walks while Narciso Mesa and Drew Ward both went 2-for-4 as the P-Nats racked up 10 hits and four walks total.

Delmarva 6 Hagerstown 3
• Bach 5IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K
• Mooneyham (BS, 1; L, 0-1) 2IP, 3H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K, HR, WP
• Gardner 1-3, R, 2B, BB, SB
• Masters 0-2, 2BB, CS

Brett Mooneyham picked up where he left off in 2014, giving up four runs in his second inning of relief as the Shorebirds defeated the Suns, 6-3. Connor Bach started and let in two runs on six hits and a walk over five innings, but left the game with a 3-2 lead. Mooneyham pitched around a walk and a wild pitch in the 6th but gave up a single, double, another walk, and a HR in the 7th for the blown-save-loss. Hagerstown scored three times on just three hits but also drew six walks and stole a base.
Roster moves: OF Wilman Rodriguez placed on the 7-Day DL; IF Cody Dent activated from XST.

Trea Turner Update
Turner pushed his hit streak to nine games with a single in four trips to the plate in a 3-2 San Antonio loss to Springfield.

Apr 062015

Catching Up On Transactions
While others were hitting refresh on the Washington MLB.com 40-man roster yesterday, confirming that the Michael Taylor era has begun (as well as yet another Rizzo-era Arizona draftee making the cut), we were scanning the wires for the latest moves in the minors…

• Released C Omir Santos

GCL Nationals
• Released RHP John Costa

DSL Nationals
• LHP Isaias Silfa retired

Admittedly, it’s not much. Santos hadn’t been more than a backup since 2009 and played just 11 games in 2014. Costa was drafted in the 13th round in June 2013 as a TJS gamble that didn’t pan out (yes, it happens). Silfa appeared in one (1) DSL game last summer as a 20-y.o. lefthander and finishes with a career 0.00 ERA (and a 9.00 BB, K, and HBP per 9IP).

Should the Baseball America weekly dispatch include others not listed here, this space will be updated. Otherwise, we await the release of the rosters tomorrow and Wednesday.

Mar 212015

Split Doubleheader
The hometown fans left the park happy today, as the Nats doubled up the Marlins, 4-2 in Viera while the Braves followed the Disney fun mandate with a 5-2 triumph in Orlando.

At Space Coast, the Nats scored all four in the 3rd inning as Wilson Ramos plated two with a one-out single, then Dan Uggla homered to erase an early 1-0 deficit. Jordan Zimmermann went five innings total in his fourth spring start, scattering eight hits while walking none and fanning four.

The Marlins got their final run in the 9th off Rafael Martin, who issued a one-out walk and gave up a two-out double, but was credited with the save.

At Champion Stadium, a 2-0 lead vanished when journeyman reliever Evan Meek allowed the first five runners to reach base in the 4th and three of them came around to score. Taylor Jordan got the start and allowed just a hit and a walk over three innings.

Michael Taylor got the start in CF for the visiting Nats and went 2-for-3 with a run scored.

Here’s a rundown of how the notable minor-leaguers fared in Viera:

  • Kevin Keyes subbed for Bryce Harper in RF and was 0-for-1 with a strikeout.
  • Shawn Pleffner followed Ryan Zimmerman at 1B and struck out in his lone at-bat.
  • Chris Bostick took over at 2B from Uggla and singled in the 8th inning.
  • John Wooten subbed for Danny Espinosa at 3B and was 0-for-1.
  • Cutter Dykstra grounded out to first as a pinch-hitter.

And in Orlando:

  • Rafael Bautista followed Taylor in CF and went 0-for-1 with a whiff.
  • Matt Skole was 0-for-1 in relief of Mike Carp at 1B.
  • Tony Renda went 0-for-1 as the sub for 2B Kevin Frandsen.
  • Sandy Leon was 0-for-1 as the replacement for C Jose Lobaton.
  • Drew Vettleson drew a walk as the second RF, following Clint Robinson.

The Nats make their second trip to Lakeland to visit the Tigers, with A.J. Cole getting the start in place of Stephen Strasburg. The game can be heard locally on 1580AM.

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In the latest transaction report from Baseball America, we learned that RHPs Richie Mirowski and Melvi Salazar joined Jeff Kobernus on the list of released players over the past few days. Mirowski was a 45th Rd. pick in 2011 and came into the 2014 season with much promise after a strong AFL campaign in the fall of 2013, but struggled in his second go ’round in AA, posting a 6.23 ERA in 10 appearances before dropping down to Potomac. Salazar, who turned 20 in December, hit the wall in the GCL with 25 baserunners allowed in 15⅓ innings. In 2013, he had been 4-0 with 13 saves and a 0.98 ERA in his second DSL season.

Feb 082015

Plugging Away
Having reviewed the Baseball America Prospect Handbook, but knowing the Sickels version is still another couple of weeks away, I’ve spent this weekend making another pass through the player reports. There’s a good chance that many of the guys I’m holding out on won’t be covered, but I’d rather be sure than just assume that.

Yesterday’s transaction post from Baseball America had but one name, Tim Alderson, a 26-y.o. RHP who began 2014 as a reliever for Baltimore’s AAA team in the International League and finished with seven starts in eight appearances for Oakland’s High-A entry in the California League.

(Yeah, the news is still slow).

So after you’ve enjoyed the brief respite from the winter weather, feel free to take a look at the player reports while we await the start of spring training.

Jan 312015

Morning Reading 2If you’re here to find out which team Kim Kardashian’s favorite prospect thinks will win the Super Bowl, well then maybe the SEO ad partner I hired isn’t so bad after all.

As the post title and pic suggests, here are few items to stew on while the dreaded month of January comes to a close.

Keith Law has ranked the Nationals farm system 9th overall, up from No. 18 last year, and the highest he’s ever ranked the Nationals (H/T Todd Boss, who lays down some more Law in his latest post).

MLB.com, who seemed to know that its audience was probably home, unveiled its Top 100 prospects last night on the MLB Network. Lucas Giolito (6th), A.J. Cole (52nd) both moved up from last year’s rankings (44 and 69 respectively), while Michael Taylor debuted at No. 42 and “San Diego” shortstop Trea Turner came in at No. 62. Baseball Prospectus has yet to reveal its Top 101, while Law put six Nats in his Top 100.

In transaction news, Baseball America notes that the Nationals have signed former Reds OF Derrick Robinson, who missed 2014 due to shoulder surgery, and IF Grant DeBruin, who spent the past two seasons in the Frontier League after going undrafted in 2012 after playing for Div. II Univ. of Alabama-Huntsville.

Finally, MASN has announced there will be seven games broadcast this year (all times 1 p.m. except March 26, which is at 5 p.m.):

• Sat., March 7 vs. Cardinals • Mon., March 9 vs. Braves • Wed., March 11 vs. Tigers • Mon., March 16 vs. Astros
• Mon., March 23 vs. Yankees • Thu., March 26 vs. Mets • Sat., April 4 vs. Yankees  
Jan 252015

Somehow, we almost made it through January without having to do this annual “feature” about how (almost) nothing’s going on.

How bad is it? Beat writers have resorted to noting that the Rangers now have two former Nationals pitchers named Ross

We’re also at the point where the signing of non-roster invitees is over-reported. If the Rule 5 Draft is the most overblown aspect of the offseason, the annual parade of has-beens, never-weres, and favors-to-the-agents through camp is a very close second.

The latest BA transaction post refers to those two along with the re-signing of C Brian Jeroloman while noting the releases of RHP Pedro Encarnacion, LHP Elisaul Gomez, and C Kyle Bacak, who was released shortly before being suspended for 50 games for testing positive for amphetamines which will probably end his career if his 4-for-30 effort in 12 games between the GCL and Auburn did not.

Aside from the shocking* news that the Hagerstown Suns haven’t been able to get a naming-rights partner, there’s not much else.
* Well, no, not really