Wednesday Morning Links: Draft Rules, Machado Gone Loco, Pitchers in the Outfield, and More

This is how the past week went for Manny Machado. How about yours? - Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

There was a pitcher in the outfield. Manny Machado lost his marbles. Yoenis Cespedes made a crazy throw, plus even more stories from around the league.

The draft is over and the Twins selected SS Nick Gordon with their first pick and then took a slew of relievers afterwards. I know that in baseball, it's best to take the best-available player, but I wonder what the addition of Gordon means for fellow shortstop Levi Michael, who has discovered how to hit in his third year at High-A.

  • You think it's odd that the Twins have used infielders in their outfield? Tony Sipp is a pitcher for the Astros, but that didn't stop manager Bo Porter from having Sipp pitch to Gerardo Parra, then go out to right field while Jerome Williams faced Paul Goldschmidt, and then Sipp returned to the mound to pitch to Miguel Montero. Sipp did play outfield in college, so it wasn't completely foreign to him.
  • It was an eventful week for Manny Machado and the Athletics. First, he felt he was tagged too hard by A's third baseman Josh Donaldson, causing the team's benches to clear. Then he hit A's catcher Derek Norris in the back of the head on his backswing, knocking Norris out of the game. Finally, after being thrown at by pitcher Fernando Abad, Machado deliberately threw his bat, probably trying to hit Abad but he released it too late and instead fired it towards third base. Amazingly, he received only a 5-game suspension for the bat throwing.
  • When the Twins faced the Dodgers, I asked how the Dodgers were finding playing time for Yasiel Puig, Carl Crawford, Matt Kemp, and Andre Ethier in the outfield. Now there's another name to add to the carousel in Scott Van Slyke, who is outhitting all of them despite being the youngest outfielder on the team after Puig.
  • The rules of what teams can and can't do in regards to communication with draft prospects is ridiculous.
  1. This isn't the best throw I've ever seen, but Yoenis Cespedes gunning down Howie Kendrick at home plate from 300 feet away was definitely a highlight-worthy play.
  2. Bryce Harper gets to use a PlayStation as part of his rehab from thumb surgery. As an avid MLB: The Show fan, I approve.
  3. Brandon Barnes hit an inside-the-park home run at Coors Field. It came off Brad Ziegler, who owns the 10th best home run rate in major league history among relievers with at least 300 innings (0.32 HR/9).
  4. No big deal, just Elvis Andrus hurdling a baserunner, doing a pirouette and then still throwing the runnerout at first base for a double play.
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