The Reds placed closer Raisel Iglesias on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday with a strained left bicep.
Iglesias owns a 2.08 ERA with seven saves along with 27 strikeouts over 21 2/3 innings in 20 appearances, but he did blow a save in his last appearance.
With Iglesias on the shelf, Amir Garrett and David Hernandez are the most likely candidates to pick up save chances.
The only aspect in which the committee achieved partial success in finding an answer was aerodynamics. An examination of StatCast data showed that the surge in home runs is primarily due to better ‘carry’ for given launch conditions (exit velocity, launch angle, spray angle), as opposed to a change in launch conditions. Testing suggested that improved carry could be attributed to decreased drag on the baseballs, but scientists remain stumped on why that is the case, since the specifications of the balls themselves have not changed.
With no definitive conclusions drawn, commissioner Rob Manfred announced several measures by which MLB will continue to investigate, including raising the possibility of all 30 ballparks using humidors to stablize ball conditions beginning with the 2019 season. Arizona and Colorado are currently the only parks that use humidors.
Betts, when asked about the possibility in participating in the exhibition of power, told the Boston Globe: Hell no. I don’t hit home runs in BP.
Boston teammate J.D. Martinez, who has 15 homers this season, also said he had no interest in the derby because he still feels jaded after being overlooked in 2015 when he had 25 homers at the break for the Tigers.
MLB didn’t want me, Martinez said (via ESPN.com). I figured I’d have the option of doing it and they said no. They had other guys they wanted, all these young guys. I was like, ‘Forget it. I’ll never do it.’
Yankees outfielder and reigning derby champ Aaron Judge has already said he won’t defend his title at Nationals Park.
Carter Stewart’s ceiling is perhaps the highest of all the projected first-round prospects in this year’s draft. He already has an above-average fastball, a well-above-average curveball, and with the proper tutelage in the minors, he could develop his changeup into a complementary third pitch.