“We’ll get our best arms and evaluate and see what we have,” manager Ned Yost said.
Max Scherzer won the Cy Young Award last season, going 21-3 with a 2.90 ERA and 240 strikeouts. What about 2014?
“I’m a better pitcher than I was last year,” Scherzer said. “That was my mindset coming into this year: I was going to be a better pitcher than I was last year. Take all the numbers, throw them out. I’m not referencing wins and losses or anything. If you look at how I’m pitching and what I’m able to execute, I’m executing all my pitches at a higher level right now.”
Top prospect Byron Buxton, a graduate of Appling County High School, is expected to be held out of minor league action for the rest of the season after suffering a concussion in an outfield collision Aug. 13, Twins general manager Terry Ryan said.
Buxton, ranked as the No. 1 overall prospect by MLB.com, was involved in a collision with his teammate Mike Kvasnicka in right-center field while playing in his first game with Double-A New Britain. Ryan was on hand to witness the collision and said Buxton was lucky to only suffer concussion-like symptoms as a result. But the Twins plan to be cautious with Buxton, as he’s not expected to return before New Britain’s season ends Sept. 1.
First-round draft pick Carlos Rodon and Chris Sale have a few things in common, and it’s no secret the White Sox have Rodon on the “Sale Plan” for success. Rodon, the third selection in the 2014 draft, was rewarded with the largest bonus of any draftee ($6.58 million), and advanced from Class A Winston-Salem to Triple-A Charlotte after only four appearances covering 9 innings.
Rodon’s trajectory is similar to that of Sale, who made four relief appearances at Winston-Salem after being picked 13th in 2010, and seven relief appearances at Charlotte before being called up to the Sox on Aug. 4. He became the first Sox pitcher to make his debut the same year he was drafted since Alex Fernandez in 1990.
Compiled by Rachel Lister from wire reports.