JaCoby Jones
Tigers' JaCoby Jones: Struggling since promotion to Triple-A
JaCoby Jones, SS, DET
2:38 PM
News: Jones is .232 in 49 games since his promotion to Triple-A Toledo.

Jones had mashed in Double-A before the promotion, but has cooled significantly against better competition. His walk rate has also declined and he's striking out about once every three at bats. Jones can play in the field and at the hot corner, in addition to his original shortstop position. He clearly needs more time in the minors and the Tigers have been wise to declare that's exactly where he'll stay for the remainder of 2016.

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Brad Miller
Rays' Brad Miller: Smacks pair of extra-base hits in Friday victory
Brad Miller, SS, TB
11:30 AM
News: Miller went 2-for-5 with a double, triple and two runs in Friday's 5-1 victory over the Yankees.

The 26-year-old shortstop was making some impactful contact against Yankees starter Ivan Nova, with the three-bagger representing his fifth of the season overall. Miller has hit safely in four of the last five contests as well and has consecutive multi-hit efforts. While he's still hitting a rather middling .250, he's picked it up in the power department over the last several weeks, tallying 10 homers since June 11 while also posting 22 of his 37 RBI since June 1.

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Troy Tulowitzki
Blue Jays' Troy Tulowitzki: Blasts 17th homer in Friday win
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, TOR
11:18 AM
News: Tulowitzki went 1-for-4 with a solo homer and two RBI overall in Friday's 6-5 victory over the Orioles.

Tulo provided the third of three first-inning homers off Orioles starter Kevin Gausman, a 406-foot shot to left. He added an RBI groundout in the third for his sixth multi-RBI game of July. After a dreadful start to the season, the veteran shortstop has progressively improved at the plate, and has topped out with a .314/.344/.523 line over 86 at-bats in the current month.

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Shawn O'Malley
Mariners' Shawn O'Malley: Drives in only Mariners run in Friday loss
Shawn O'Malley, SS, SEA
1:18 AM
News: O'Malley went 2-for-5 with an RBI single in Friday's 12-1 loss to the Cubs.

The Mariners' leadoff man eliminated the indignity of a shutout with a ninth-inning single that plated Leonys Martin. The 28-year-old has a pair of multi-hit outings in the last five contests, but has only tallied two extra-base hits, both doubles, in his 11 hits during July.

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Xander Bogaerts
Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts: Homers and drives in three Friday night versus Angels
Xander Bogaerts, SS, BOS
12:54 AM
News: Bogaerts had a big night on Friday, going 2-for-5 with three RBI and his 13th homer.

Bogaerts continues to thrive in the middle of the powerful Red Sox lineup as he lifted his average to .331 on the year. The 13th homer established a career high in taters for Bogaerts with a full two months still remaining in the season. The knock on Bogaerts after 2015 was his power after hitting only seven homers, but he has put that knock to rest a bit as he is on pace for 20 bombs in 2016.

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Tyler Saladino
White Sox's Tyler Saladino: Gets late start Friday
Tyler Saladino, SS, CHW
7/29/2016
News: Saladino will get a last minute start at second base in Friday's matchup with the Twins, Phil Miller of the Star Tribune reports.

Saladino was placed in the lineup due to Todd Frazier being a late scratch. Frazier was replaced by Tyler Saladino at third, which subsequently made room for Sanchez at second. He will bat ninth in the order.

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Ketel Marte
Mariners' Ketel Marte: Progressing in mono recovery
Ketel Marte, SS, SEA
7/29/2016
News: Marte (mono) has progressed to hitting in a cage and throwing, but is unknown whether he will be ready to play when he comes off the DL Thursday, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

Manager Scott Servais says that Marte is coming along better than expected and it appears the shortstop is well on his way to a full recovery. Nonetheless, expectations for his return should be tempered. The 22-year-old has lost a bit of strength from the illness and it's likely he will be eased back into the starting role when he comes back. Marte's bat is needed, Seattle shortstops are hitting just over .200 in his absence.

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Eduardo Escobar
Twins' Eduardo Escobar: Likely gets larger role after Nunez trade
Eduardo Escobar, SS, MIN
7/28/2016
News: Escobar went 2-for-4 in Thursday's win over Baltimore. Escobar started at third base with Miguel Sano getting the day off. However, he'll likely take over as the everyday shortstop after Eduardo Nunez was traded to San Francisco.

There is a chance Jorge Polanco could share at time at shortstop as the team may want to give him regular at-bats after being called up from Triple-A.

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Jorge Polanco
Twins' Jorge Polanco: Recalled from Triple-A
Jorge Polanco, SS, MIN
7/28/2016
News: Polanco has been recalled from Triple-A Rochester.

Polanco was called up after the Twins traded Eduardo Nunez to the Giants. While Eduardo Escobar will likely take over at shortstop, it's possible Polanco could get regular playing time so the Twins can evaluate him for 2017.

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Michael Chavis
Red Sox's Michael Chavis: Timing remains in issue
Michael Chavis, SS, BOS
7/28/2016
News: Chavis is hitting just .228 for Low-A Greenville since his return from a thumb injury in June. Greenville manager Darren Fenster told Logan Mullen of WEEI.com that Chavis has been slow to get back the timing that he had during his red-hot start to the season.

"It's been a little slower getting him back into the rhythm that he was in coming out of the gates at the start of the year before he got hurt," Fenster said. "Just getting him consistent with his timing has been the biggest thing for him right now where in those first few weeks of the year when he was going really well, his timing was consistent." Chavis, who started the season hitting .356 with a .992 OPS in the first 11 games before suffering the thumb injury, has been better in July (.805 OPS) than he was in June (.568 OPS), And we suspect he'll continue to get better with a possible promotion to High-A Salem to get a taste of better pitching.

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