02 May


Konnor Pilkington, Mississippi State alum, has been traded to Arizona from Cleveland, which designated the Pascagoula native for assignment on April 26. The Diamondbacks, who need some pitching help, sent the left-hander to Triple-A Reno, but he figures to get a big league call soon. Originally drafted out of MSU by the Chicago White Sox in 2018, Pilkington posted a 3.88 ERA for the Guardians in 15 games in 2022, working as both a starter and reliever. He made one scoreless appearance this season, spending most of the first month at Triple-A Columbus, where his numbers weren’t great. … Braxton Lee, the ex-Ole Miss standout from Picayune, is the hitting coach for the independent Southern Maryland club — and he is leading by example. Lee, who had a brief MLB stint in 2018, also plays outfield for the Blue Crabs and is batting .300 in their 3-0 start. He hit .306 for them last season. Jackson native Stan Cliburn is the manager of the Atlantic League team. … Former East Central Community College star Tim Anderson is slated to return to the White Sox’s lineup today at home against Minnesota. The All-Star shortstop has been out since April 10 with a knee injury. … Meridian CC product Corey Dickerson, now with the Washington Nationals, remains on the shelf with no clear timetable to return, per reports. The career .281 hitter played two games for the Nats before going down with a calf injury. … Ex-Ole Miss standout Drew Pomeranz was shut down by San Diego from his rehab assignment after a rough outing at Triple-A El Paso last week. That’s not a good sign for the 34-year-old lefty, who missed all of 2022 after arm surgery. … Emaarion Boyd, a 2023 draftee out of South Panola High by Philadelphia, has 14 stolen bases at Low-Class A Clearwater despite batting just .191. Boyd’s steals total leads the Florida State League and ranks among the best in the minors. … Props to Mississippi Braves slugger Drew Lugbauer, who hit his 50th career homer last week, extending his club record. The sobering news is that Lugbauer, 26, has been in Double-A long enough — parts of three years — to hit 50 homers.

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