Koda Glover, right-handed pitcher, Washington Nationals
A candidate to close for the Nationals in Spring Training, Koda Glover did so Saturday against the Mets. He entered with two outs in the ninth inning of Washington’s 3-1 victory, needing only four pitches to get the first save of his career. Glover, owner of a 2.70 ERA this season, is splitting the closer’s role with Shawn Kelley.
Tyler Lyons, left-handed pitcher, St. Louis Cardinals
After a successful rehab assignment in the minors, Tyler Lyons has returned to the Cardinals. Still waiting to make his 2017 debut as of Sunday morning, Lyons had a 1.29 ERA over three starts on his rehab assignment.
Jordy Mercer, shortstop, Pittsburgh Pirates
Although Jordy Mercer’s numbers don’t look great, he did hit his first home run of the year Friday against the Yankees. Mercer is batting .220 for the Pirates, who could use an uptick from Mercer after the recent suspension of Starling Marte.
Jason Hursh, right-handed pitcher, Gwinnett Braves (ATL)
Jason Hursh’s performance in Triple-A earned him a brief callup to Atlanta, though he did not appear in a game before being sent down again. The former first-round pick will likely be back in the majors shortly; he has a 2.89 ERA as a reliever for Gwinnett.
Michael Freeman, left-handed pitcher, Corpus Christi Hooks (HOU)
Although Michael Freeman has allowed his share of baserunners, he has managed to keep them from scoring. Freeman has a 1.23 ERA through six appearances, but in 7 1/3 innings, he has walked seven and hit two, in addition to the six hits he has allowed.
Michael Mertz, right-handed pitcher, Greensboro Grasshoppers (MIA)
After splitting time as a starter and reliever in 2016, both with the Cowboys and in the minors, Mertz has pitched exclusively in relief so far this season and has done well. He has a 1.42 ERA, striking out seven in 6 1/3 innings.