Lewis could easily wind up with the Padres, if they opt for the local prep star (relatively speaking), but the Rays would be happy to help Lewis find his eventual position home. The Rays are actually in a pretty decent spot; they’ll wind up with one of the top four players without having to make much of a decision.
The Braves aren’t afraid to take prep pitchers early — four of their five first-rounders in the past two seasons have been prep pitchers — and Gore is a lefty with command and a fastball that sits in the low- to mid-90s. Makes a lot of sense.
Both BA’s John Manuel and MLB.com’s Jim Callis note the A’s scouts have been in North Carolina a lot this year, and there’s a lot to like about Bukauskas, what with his developing nasty slider and a mid-90s fastball.
The Angels dodged a bullet with Albert Pujols’ balky hamstring.
Pujols left Wednesday’s game with tightness in his hamstring, which prompted an MRI Friday afternoon. The result came back clean, but Pujols will not rejoin the lineup until at least Saturday, according to the Orange County Register.
Los Angeles kicks off a series against the Mets on Friday while riding a four-game winning streak.
Pujols is slashing a pedestrian .247/.293/.370 so far this season, but he is second in the American League with 32 RBIs.
The Angels, who can not have a designated hitter while playing at Citi Field in New York, will start C.J. Cron at first base Friday.