Khris Davis
Khris Davis hits number 17 Thursday
Khris Davis, LF, MIL
News: Brewers outfielder Khris Davis clubbed his 17th home run Thursday against the Mets.

Davis stepped to the plate in the sixth inning, and homered on the first pitch he saw from Daisuke Matsuzaka. Davis walked and doubled earlier in the contest. He finished 2 for 3, with two runs scored and two RBI. 


Ryan Braun
Ryan Braun hits 14th home run
Ryan Braun, RF, MIL
News: Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun hit his 14th home run Thursday against the Mets.

Braun waited until the seventh inning to strike. He worked a two-pitch at-bat against Daisuke Matsuzaka, driving a 76 mph slider out to left for a two-run shot. Braun finished 1 for 4, with one run scored and two RBI. 


Justin Ruggiano
Justin Ruggiano dealing with a groin injury
Justin Ruggiano, RF, CHC
News: Cubs outfielder Justin Ruggiano is dealing with groin soreness, according to

Ruggiano hasn't played since Tuesday, and spent Thursday putting in extra work with team trainers. Manager Rick Renteria said Ruggiano was doing better Thursday. Ruggiano is hitting .291/.357/.442 over 165 at-bats. 


Angel Pagan
Angel Pagan could return soon
Angel Pagan, CF, SF
News: Giants outfielder Angel Pagan could return soon, according to the Mercury News.

Pagan is attempting to come back from a back injury. He may be able to return for the club's next road trip, according to manager Bruce Bochy. The team's next road trip begins August 1. Pagan was hitting .307/.356/.411 over 241 at-bats prior to the injury. 


Jorge Soler
Jorge Soler not the worst stash in the world
Jorge Soler, RF, CHC
News: Cubs outfield prospect Jorge Soler has played all of 22 games above Class A, which would suggest he's still a ways from reaching the big leagues. And yet what he did in those 22 games got him promoted from Double- to Triple-A, which would suggest he's on the fast track.

As I pointed out in this week's Prospects Report, it would make sense. Soler is unique from most other prospects in that he's already signed to a long-term deal. The Cubs are paying him the same through 2020 no matter when he arrives or what he does, so they only hurt themselves by holding him back. Certainly, they want him ready, but a .415 batting average and 1.355 OPS at Double-A, if only in 22 games, is a pretty good indication he is.

If he keeps it up at Triple-A, the Cubs might decide to cash in on all the money they're paying him and run him out there for the last six weeks or so. And given his experience from Cuba, it wouldn't necessarily be a case of him just getting his feet wet.

Granted, a lot has to go right for all that to happen, but it's a likely enough scenario for you to take a flier on Soler if you don't like what you see on waivers.


Oscar Taveras
Oscar Taveras could be headed back to minors
Oscar Taveras, RF, STL
News: Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak admitted if outfielder Oscar Taveras doesn't start to heat up offensively and see regular playing time, then the team might have to send him back to the minors, per

"He is still somebody that we view as a prospect, and at some point he's going to need to play more," Mozeliak said of Taveras. "Whether that is here or back in the minors, for his development, getting at-bats is important.

"At the major-league level, I understand that you have to try to go with the hot bat -- or in this case to try and get both guys going. It's not an easy task. As you can imagine, it's a fine balance between sitting and playing. Currently, it's not a great situation for either one. Hopefully, in the next week or two, it might find a way to be resolved. If not, there are obviously some answers to help create playing time."


Curtis Granderson
Curtis Granderson back in Mets' starting lineup
Curtis Granderson, RF, NYM
News: Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson returned to the starting lineup Thursday against the Brewers after sitting out two games due to an illness. Granderson is batting .250 (16 for 64) with three doubles, three home runs and seven RBI in 16 July games.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis
Kirk Nieuwenhuis demoted as Wilmer Flores recalled
Kirk Nieuwenhuis, CF, NYM
News: The Mets recalled infielder Wilmer Flores from Triple-A Las Vegas Thursday. To clear a roster spot, outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis was optioned to Las Vegas.

Drew Stubbs
Report: Mariners have talked to Rockies about Drew Stubbs
Drew Stubbs, CF, COL
News: The Mariners have talked to the Rockies about outfielder Drew Stubbs, sources told FOX Sports. However, the Rockies are unsure if they are going to trade Stubbs, who is hitting a career-best .297.

Travis Snider
Travis Snider goes yard Wednesday
Travis Snider, RF, PIT
News: Pirates outfielder Travis Snider went yard Wednesday against the Dodgers.

Snider struck in the second inning. On the first pitch of the at-bat, Snider belted an 85 mph cutter from Dan Haren out to right. Snider also singled and walked during the game. He finished 2 for 3, with three runs scored and one RBI. 


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