Let’s start with this truth: The Mets did not sign Tim Tebow last September with the long-term goal of stashing him with their Class A team in the middle of South Carolina.
Injuries have hit the Phils’ pitching staff, which was supposed to be a strength of the team this season; now ace Jeremy Hellickson owns a 4.61 ERA. Howie Kendrick may be batting .339/.397/.470 but All-Star Odubel Herrera has regressed to a .253/.289/.401 slash line after signing a five-year extension with two team options this past offseason.
Ex-closer Jeanmar Gomez and outfielder Michael Saunders were designated for assignment Tuesday while slugger Maikel Franco is in the midst of a power outage after blasting 25 homers last season. He’s hitting .224 with eight homers. The team’s offensive struggles have even dipped to top prospects in the minors including J.P. Crawford (.194/.310/.251).
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General manager Matt Klentak is still sitting on a host of top prospects including Mickey Moniak, Jorge Alfaro and Nick Williams, and could add to the farm system by trading Kendrick, who is reportedly of interest from the Red Sox and Yankees if he’s able to play third base.
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The Phillies’ season is a loss but expect to see prospects called up well before September. If that fails, at least they can keep fans entertained with the Phillie Phanatic.
Meet everyone’s favorite superteam of tomorrow. Believe it or not, Karl-Anthony Towns hasn’t yet qualified for star status by this measure, which shows just how close this team is to superteam territory. RPM still views Andrew Wiggins’ peripherals as questionable enough to slot him outside the NBA’s top 250, but his scoring average — 23.6 points per game last season — suggests he’s on the cusp of stardom.