Saturday, August 31, 2013

Sandoval, Lara to Bulls; Delmon to Rays

Three Biscuits have been promoted.

Relief pitchers Juan Sandoval and Braulio Lara have been sent to Triple-A Durham, while outfielder Delmon Young has been promoted to the major leagues.

Young was 7-for-30 in seven games after signing a minor league deal with the Rays. He hit his first home run Friday at Birmingham and had a clutch RBI single in the eighth inning of Tuesday's home finale.

Young, the 2005 Southern League most valuable player for Montgomery, is in line to be the first player since Chad Orvella in 2005 to jump straight from the Biscuits to the Rays. Young is also the first 2013 Biscuit to get to the major leagues. (Yes, since he was officially on the roster [unlike someone on a rehab assignment] and played in a game, he counts. So will Jeff Beliveau, since he pitched Friday. Jake Odorizzi will not, unless something changes.)

Lara was 4-2 with a 4.38 ERA, 43 walks and 53 strikeouts in 45 appearances/72 innings this year, but his full-season numbers are deceiving.

The left-hander, in his last 17 games, has an 0.64 ERA with 22 strikeouts and a .197 opponents' batting average in 28 innings, though he still issued 19 walks and had 23 strikeouts. The Miami Marlins took the 24-year-old in December's Rule 5 draft but returned him to the Rays this spring.

Sandoval returns to the Bulls, where he was from late May until late June. He was 5-3 with a 3.24 ERA and 19 saves for Montgomery and is 1-1 with a 3.79 ERA in 11 games for Durham.

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