UPDATES & NEWS
Drew Smyly was stellar in a losing effort to the Angels Friday as he allowed two runs on four hits and a walk with 11 punch outs over 5.2 innings of work.
The young lefty should take Tigers pitching coach Jeff Jones out to dinner after Friday's performance where he punched out a career-high 11 batters . Smyly had worked with Jones prior to Friday's start where he made a couple minor adjustments that proved to be substantial as all 11 Angels he struck out came on swinging strikes, which is pretty amazing in itself, but also considering Smyly had struck out more than seven batters in a game just two other times in his young career. He will look to carry over these improvements in his next start on Thursday at home against the White Sox. ANALYST: Michael Pichan
Cubs will recall Addison Russell from Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday.
Welp, this is a surprise. Russell is arguably a better prospect than Kris Bryant, albeit from more of a real-life than fantasy perspective. He had 11 hits in 37 at-bats at Iowa with a home run and will immediately slot in as the Cubs' everyday second baseman. The Cubs aren't likely to fool around with a prospect of Russell's caliber, so you can expect he'll be in the lineup as long as he's on the 25-man roster. He needs to be owned in all leagues and has the potential to contribute in both the power and speed categories and will qualify at both MI positions. Get excited. Analysis: Spencer Silva
Frankie Hammond signed his exclusive rights free-agent tender.
Although it’s harsh to say, many receivers see their careers take a downfall after going to Kansas City. Alex Smith isn’t capable of helping his star wideouts produce big numbers. Last year was a prime example in that Smith never connected with a wide receiver for a touchdown. Jeremy Maclin should break that this year and put up decent numbers, but he is the only wide receiver in Kansas City that should be drafted. Stay away from Hammond. Analysis: Colby Conway