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The Phillies have shut down Vincent Velasquez for the rest of the season:
Vince Velasquez' season is over. Tonight was his final start.— Matt Breen (@matt_breen) September 4, 2016
The Braves are interested in signing Tim Tebow to a minor league deal.
Yankees pitcher Chad Green is out for the season as the rookie starter has a sprained UCL and a strained tendon in his right elbow.
Here’s how Carl Edwards went from 48th round pick to relief ace:
Edwards Jr., however, was the rare late-round draft pick to sign and go on to make a name for himself as a prospect. In 317⅔ minor league innings, he compiled a 2.21 ERA and 11.4 strikeouts per nine innings, peaking as Baseball America’s 28th best prospectprior to the 2014 season (now as a member of the Chicago Cubs’ organization after a trade during the 2013 season).
Fast-forward two years to the 2016 season, and Edwards is now a key member of a Cubs team that owns a Major League-best 87-47 record. In 26⅔ innings this season, Edwards owns a 3.04 ERA (73 ERA-), 2.06 FIP (50 FIP-), 2.45 xFIP (60 xFIP-), and 2.46 SIERA with a whopping 12.15 strikeouts per nine innings. Obviously we’re still in small sample size territory here, but with an FIP- of 49 and xFIP- of 61, the reliever most similar to him is Kelvin Herrera, widely regarded as one of the league’s top relief pitchers. What has taken him from an afterthought in the 48th round to being among the league’s elite?
Edwards Jr. is a classic two-pitch relief pitcher, with his fastball and curveball accounting for all but four of his pitches thrown this season. As you’d expect for a pitcher with his numbers, both have been well above-average pitches for him. However, it’s the fastball in particular that has really made him dominant.
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Today in Baseball History: The 1998 New York Yankees hit 100 wins in the season, making it the earliest date in the season to have recorded 100 wins. The Yankees did so with an 11-6 victory over the White Sox.