Braves prospect Dustin Peterson is going to have to wait a little longer to make his impact on the upcoming season. The outfielder and Braves Minor League Player of the Year will undergo hand surgery and miss eight weeks. Peterson had a breakout year in 2016 at Double-A Mississippi, and was expected to be promoted to Triple-A Gwinnett to start the season. Peterson is just 22, and we look forward to seeing him back on the field as soon as possible.
The Reds showed off their pitching prowess in an impressive showing against the Cubs on Friday. Cincinnati was able to compile a combined no-hitter through seven innings, silencing the hot bats that got the Cubs to the World Series just a year ago. Tim Adleman started and was fantastic, throwing three hitless innings. Robert Stephenson added two more innings, and Blake Wood and Wandy Peralta each added one more to complete the seven-inning masterpiece. The Reds would later allow four runs, but would walk away with the 8-4 win.
The Padres should be glad they're down in Arizona right now, because Petco Park currently resembles a swimming pool more than a ballfield. Southern California storms, coupled with poor drainage, caused the Padres' diamond to flood. To make matters worse, large swaths of grass had been removed from the field for a monster truck rally in February, giving the water nowhere to go but up.
You'll see a new look from Stephen Strasburg this season, but it's not a new cleat design or mustache. Strasburg made a significant mechanical change this offseason, opting to forgo his full windup and start pitching from the stretch. Check out the link above to see what Strasburg has to say about the new system.
Pittsburgh's Jung-Ho Kang has been sentenced following a DUI arrest. Kang will spend eight months in prison, and will be suspended for two years by Major League Baseball. Prosecutors initially sought only a fine, but the court opted to go forward with a trial. The offense was Kang's third DUI arrest.
With his long blonde hair and blistering fastball, it's pretty easy for Noah Syndergaard to make his presence felt on the baseball field. However, he's also getting face time on the television screen, but not just for postgame interviews. The Mets ace will appear as an extra in an upcoming episode of "Game of Thrones." Syndergaard is a self-proclaimed fan of the show, making it a match made in heaven. Read about Syndergaard's new gig, as well as the other great moments of his budding acting career.