Lots of transactions this week to discuss, and lots of prospects on the move.
I touched on a slew of prospect promotions this week, including Alex Liddi of the Mariners, who became the first born-and-raised Italian to appear in the major leagues, and Stephen Lombardozzi of the Nationals, who the team was unwilling to depart with to get Denard Span from the Twins, and is the main reason Drew Storen is still a National.
Not getting the call to the majors are such bigger-name prospects as Adeiny Hechavarria of the Blue Jays and Brett Jackson of the Cubs, both of whom made it as high as Triple-A this season and were anticipated as possible promotion candidates.
Reports out of Arizona this week discussed the professional debut of the seventh overall pick from this year’s draft, Archie Bradley, who dazzled in his first inning of work. Bradley was a late signee and high school pick, so it would have been easy for the Diamondbacks to hold him out for the remainder of the season and let him debut next season (much like was done with Jameson Taillon and others last year), but the Diamondbacks have been aggressive with their assignments and debuts of this particular draft class.