INJURY: Jon Duplantier Out With Biceps Tendinitis

Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitching prospect Jon Duplantier has been was shelved with biceps tendinitis on Wednesday. Duplantier struggled with his velocity in his last start for the AA Jackson Generals, and an MRI revealed inflammation but no structural damage. Duplantier, 23, rose quickly up the prospect ranks after a breakout performance in 2017. This year, he’s been very good in the AA Southern League, posting a 3-1 record in 7 starts with a 2.52 ERA (2.91 FIP). Obviously, a biceps issue is a cause for major concern with a pitching prospect. However, the Diamondbacks have said Duplantier is only day-to-day and they aren’t concerned about any long-term damage at this point.

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PROMOTION: Matt Swarmer Called Up To AA, Will Start Thursday

Chicago Cubs starting pitching prospect Matt Swarmer has been called up to the AA Tennessee Smokies. Swarmer, 24, is scheduled to make his first AA start of the season on Thursday. Swarmer was outstanding at the A-Advanced level this season, where he posted a 5-2 record in 9 starts with a 2.28 ERA, fully supported by a 2.10 FIP. At 24, Swarmer was definitely too old for his previous level, so it will be interesting to see if he undergoes any correction upon reaching AA. If he continues to pitch well with the Smokies, we anticipate Swarmer will make it back to AAA later this season, with an eye on a 2019 debut for the Cubbies.

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PROMOTION: Jake Bauers Promoted To MLB

Tampa Bay Rays 1B/OF prospect Jake Bauers has been promoted to the MLB Thursday. Bauers, 22, has had another steady performance for the AAA Durham Bulls this season, posting a .279/.357/.426 slash line with a .356 wOBA and 126 wRC+. His minor league career has revealed that he’s an above-average hitter with a little bit of pop and the ability to steal some bags. He fits well in the Tampa Bay system as he can do a little bit of everything and also provides the team with positional flexibility. We doubt he will light the league on fire when he gets called up, but he could be a very reliable piece for the Rays and your fantasy squad both now and in the future.

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RETURN: Forrest Whitley Back With AA Corpus Christi

Houston Astros top starting pitching prospect Forrest Whitley has returned to baseball today, joining the Corpus Christi Hooks of the AA Texas League. Whitley, 20, had been serving a 50-game suspension for violating MLB’s substance abuse policy. He was one of the top pitchers in all of the MiLB last season. He will look to build on that success into 2018, with the possibility of a late-season call-up to the Astros definitely in the cards if he performs well.

Here’s a link to the full story from the Houston Chronicle.

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INJURY: Austin Hays To DL With Ankle Injury

Baltimore Orioles outfield prospect Austin Hays was sent to the minor league DL with an ankle injury on Friday. Hays hasn’t played for AA Bowie at all this week as he’s been dealing with the injury. Hays also has dealt with a shoulder issue this season, with both injuries hampering his performance. In 2017, Hays was a breakout prospect, finishing the year with a .958 OPS in the minors and playing 20 games with the Orioles. His 2018 has been a disappointment, however, as Hays has only mustered a .633 OPS at AA to date.

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