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AL West Notes: Kurt Suzuki, Prospects, 2011 MLB Draft

AL West Standings

Texas 36 34 .514 0 Lost 5
Seattle 35 34 .507 0.5 Won 1
Los Angeles 33 37 .471 3 Lost 1
Oakland 30 40 .428 6 Won 2

(updated 6.17.2011 at 2:00 PM PDT)

  • The Oakland A's want to give catcher, Kurt Suzuki, more rest.  Suzuki has struggled over his past 23 games with a .184 batting average and 15 strikeouts.  Suzuki has shown that he's capable of handling a heavy workload over the past few seasons but a few extra days off throughout the season to refresh are never a bad idea.
  • The Seattle Mariners are only half of a game out of first, but that might not even be what their fans are most excited about right now.  Dustin Ackley, the team's No. 1 prospect, will likely make his MLB debut tonight at second base. 
  • The Texas Rangers came to an agreement with their top two draft picks.  First round pick and LHP Kevin Matthews signed for $936,000 and OF Zach Cone signed for $873,000 out of the compensation round.  Matthews was ranked as the 98th best high school draft prospect in the Baseball America's 2011 Prospect Handbook.  A lot can change between February and June, but that ranking supports Kieth Law's opinion that the Rangers reached for him at 33rd overall.
  • Los Angeles Angels' first round pick, 1B C.J. Cron out of Utah, is tabbed as one of the players in this year's draft class that could move quickly and help his team as early as 2013.  Cron's power is his calling card, but it's his ability to command the strike zone that may set him apart from stereotypical mashers