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Hitter Profiles: The Forgotten Firsts
It does not take much in our game to go from fantasy darling to swift after-thought. Take for example the season line of 86-23-92-.310-2. This is the last full season in 2018 for Scooter Gennett of the Cincinnati Reds. After an injury stunted 2019 season and a trade to San Francisco that did not jump start his season, he was simply out of the game. So what is the point of all of this besides the fact that I simply miss Scooter as one of the fun personalities in the game? Today, we are taking a look at two first basement who were generally after thoughts in spring drafts and still do not get their due nearly halfway through the season. Hopefully they both have better fates than Scooter.
(Jun 25 -- TheRotoFeed)

Freeman gets WS ring FastCast
Freddie Freeman returns to Atlanta to receive his World Series ring, plus Kyle Tucker hit a three-run homer in this edition of FastCast
(Jun 25 -- Yahoo Sports)

Mariners vs. Angels Highlights
Julio Rodr guez belted a solo home run and Chris Flexen fanned three in five innings in the Mariners' 4-3 win over the Angels
(Jun 25 -- Yahoo Sports)

Phillies vs. Padres Highlights
Austin Nola bested his brother Aaron Nola with an RBI single, and MacKenzie Gore struck out four in the Padres' 1-0 win over the Phillies
(Jun 25 -- Yahoo Sports)

Kirk homers in third straight, OK after injury scare

(Jun 25 -- MLB.com)

'I'm ready for him to retire': Hendricks dominates Cards again

(Jun 25 -- MLB.com)

Here are the top 8 plays from Friday's games

(Jun 25 -- MLB.com)

M rquez returning to All-Star form
Righty now 3-0 in his past 4 starts after 7 2/3 scoreless IP vs. Twins
(Jun 25 -- MLB.com)

Phillies vs. Padres Highlights
Austin Nola bests Aaron with RBI in Padres' 1-0 win
(Jun 25 -- Yahoo Sports)

Mike Trout homers again to set career record against Mariners, but Angels lose
Mike Trout went deep for his record 53rd career home run against the Seattle Mariners, but the rest of the offense sputtered and the Angels lost 4-3.
(Jun 25 -- Yahoo Sports)

Giants waste chance to keep pace in NL West with loss to open homestand
The Giants should feast on inferior opponents on this homestand, but they got off to a bad start Friday night.
(Jun 25 -- Yahoo Sports)

Orioles vs. White Sox Highlights
Austin Hays ripped an RBI double and Richie Martin also drove in a run to lead the Orioles to a 4-1 win over the White Sox
(Jun 25 -- Yahoo Sports)

Aaron Judge comments on arbitration settlement: 'Thankfully we're past it, we can focus on winning some games' Yankees Post Game
In this Yankees vs Astros post game news conference, Aaron Judge was relieved to finally come to an arbitration agreement so he can concentrate on playing the game. Judge: "It took a little longer than expected but thankfully we're past it and we can focus on winning some games." He also talked about the Yankees being shut down by future Hall of Famer Justin Verlander in the Yankees 3-1 loss to the Astros.
(Jun 25 -- Yahoo Sports)

Blue Jays vs. Brewers Highlights
Alejandro Kirk collected four hits and Alek Manoah struck out six to power the Blue Jays to a 9-4 win over the Brewers
(Jun 25 -- Yahoo Sports)

Phillies calling up former 1st overall pick Mark Appel
Mark Appel is finally headed to the majors nearly a decade after being selected first overall.The Philadelphia Phillies are calling up Appel, who's currently pitching at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, in time for Saturday's game at San Diego, interim manager Rob Thomson announced Friday, according to Michael Barkann of NBC Sports Philadelphia. Right-hander Connor Brogdon was placed on the COVID-19 IL in a corresponding roster move.Once one of the top collegiate pitchers at Stanford, Appel was chosen with the No. 1 draft pick in 2013 by the Houston Astros. He began his professional career with high expectations but struggled to find his footing in the minors. Houston traded him to the Phillies before the 2016 season as part of a package for closer Ken Giles.Shoulder injuries and inconsistency continued to hamper Appel's progression in the Phillies' system. After posting a 5.27 ERA at Triple-A in 2017, he elected to step away from baseball entirely, before resuming his career three years later.The 30-year-old finally found his groove on the mound as a reliever in Triple-A this season, going 5-0 with a career-best 1.61 ERA and 0.93 WHIP across 28 innings for the IronPigs.Before getting the call on Friday, Appel was one of only five former first overall picks who had never reached the majors.Copyright © 2022 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.
(Jun 25 -- The Score)