- Did you know that Jack Morris and Paul Molitor were both coached by a guy named Wally Wescott as kids? After attending Morris’ induction to the Hall of Fame the other day, Wescott chatted with the Pioneer Press about his two legendary players, and baseball in general.
- Kyle Gibson says fastball efficiency and pitch sequencing are what have made the difference for him over the last year or so. An analytical email from the front office helped him immensely, and he picked some things up from Lance Lynn. Gibson also covers some other interesting topics in an interview with Fangraphs.
- Gibson has also apparently become the de facto veteran leader of the team, inheriting the torch from the recently traded Brian Dozier. Dozier left Gibson with a message for the team: “Don’t quit.”
- We also know where all those prospects the Twins just traded for will likely be playing Triple-A ball, as the Rochester Red Wings and the Twins have extended their relationship there through 2020.
- As much as we miss Eduardo Escobar, his new situation might just find him some more playing time. The Diamondback’s incumbent third baseman, Jake Lamb, is facing season ending surgery, opening the position for our beloved Ed. [Editor’s Note: Ed I... bhahshahahaha noooo noooooooooo!]
- Speaking of trades to the Diamondbacks, more teams need to use the bullpen cart, so we can get stories like this. Jake Diekman was traded from the Rangers to the DBacks while Texas was playing in Arizona, and used the bullpen cart to report to his new team.
Plus Kyle Gibson, the savvy veteran leader, and trades to Arizona.