MLB News & Moments You Should Know – 7/18/23

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Today’s Headlines


Christian Encarnacion-Strand’s MLB debut

The Twins drafted Encarnacion-Strand in the fourth round of the 2021 draft out of Oklahoma State and then shipped him to Cincinnati last summer in the Tyler Mahle trade. You might remember Encarnacion-Strand being a hot name this past spring with a team-leading 1.748 OPS; However, a back injury delayed his season and sent him to the IL.

In 67 games with the Louisville Bats, the 23-year-old righty slashed .331 /.405 / .637. He played 41 games at first base and 16 games at third, so this might shift Spencer Steer to the outfield.


Quinn Priester’s MLB debut 

Drafted by the Pirates 18th overall out of Cary-Grove High School in 2019, Priester posted a 2.87 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, and 24% K rate through 15 starts with Double-A Altoona. The Pirates then sent him to Indianapolis, where they let him make all of two starts before deciding to give him the call.


Another MLB debut in the NL Central: Endy Rodríguez

Last night was even more exciting for Pirates fans because they also watched the big league debut of catcher Endy RodríguezMLB Pipeline’s 35th-ranked prospect, Rodríguez, was acquired by the Pirates from the Mets two years ago in a three-team deal involving David Bednar and Joe Musgrove. He slashed .268/ .356 / .415 with a 14.9% K / 11.4% BB rate in 67 games at Indianapolis this season.


Grayson Rodriguez returns to Baltimore.

The Orioles’ top pitching prospect allowed four earned runs on seven hits over five innings against the Dodgers. It wasn’t a dominant outing, but he certainly reminded everyone of his tantalizing upside. Was he fired up? Judging by his velocity early on, I’d say so.


Griffin Canning’s career night. 

The 27-year-old California native was absolutely brilliant last night against the Yankees and struck out a career-high dozen. He also became the first pitcher all year to reach 120 pitches.


Nick Pivetta has a big night at Oakland. 

He followed Brennan Bernardino in relief and crushed the A’s with six scoreless innings and 13 strikeouts — a Red Sox franchise record for strikeouts in a relief appearance.


Best Moments from Yesterday 


Shohei Ohtani hits #35

With the Angels trailing 3-1, Shohei Ohtani stepped to the plate in the seventh and crushed a 1-2 fastball from Michael King and sent it 403 feet to center. An emphatic bat toss ensued. The big home run set up a walk-off win for the Angels; They are 5.5 games back of the Astros for the third Wild Card.


A walk-off win in Texas. 

The Rangers won in walk-off fashion thanks to a wild pitch from Slippery Pete Fairbanks; They now have a three-game lead in the loss column over the Astros for first place in the AL West.


Injuries and Transactions


The Angels placed RHP Chris Devenski on the 15-day IL with a hamstring strain; The club also recalled RHPs Jimmy Herget and Gerardo Reyes.

The Nationals placed RHP Hunter Harvey on the IL with elbow inflammation, optioned RHP Joan Adon, and brought up RHP Joe La Sorsa.

The Cardinals are planning to activate Tyler O’Neill today; He had been out since early May with a back injury.

Josh Donaldson’s high-grade calf strain could cost him the rest of the season.

Rafael Devers missed last night’s game with tightness in his right calf and is considered day-to-day. Aren’t we all.


Articles You Should Read


From Bad to Gray: The Breakout of Josiah Gray – Jack Connors, Pitcher List

A Legends Home Run Derby at the All-Star Game? Four Greats are on board. How it could work – Jayson Stark, The Athletic.

What to Expect from Endy Rodríguez and Quinn Priester in the Majors – Sam Dykstra, MLB.com


Fantasy Baseball


Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Week 16 

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Ryan Amore

Writer for PL, artist, DFS enthusiast, and occasional Yankee fan. Once won a GPP with Henderson Alvarez. A proprietor of the Ketel Marte Fan Club. Appreciates walks but only of the base on ball variety.

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