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Alex Meyer hadn't been having much success with his change-up, so he changed his grip on the recommendation of a couple teammates. He threw 15 three-fingered change-ups on Wednesday, helping him recorded a personal-best 11 strikeouts. He scattered three hits and walked three over 6.2 scoreless innings.  ... MiLB
Joey Gallo hit three home runs and walked three times as well. He had six RBIs on the day. He hit three offspeed pitches for homers. He's batting .359 so far and has shown improvement in both his strikeout and walk rates.  ... MiLB
BP provides updates on the prospect action of April 23rd.  ... Baseball Prospectus
Another profile of Rangers shortstop Luis Sardinas.  ... MinorLeagueBall
Tommy La Stella could supplant Dan Uggla this season at Atlanta's keystone. The left-handed hitter is batting .339/.412/.375 so far this season.  ... Grading On The Curve
Marc Hulet profiles Zach Borenstein and Mark Sappington.  ... Fangraphs
First hand reports of Jose Ruiz and Jonas Lantigua.  ... Grading On The Curve
Breaking down Jose Fernandez' 14 strikeout effort.  ... Baseball Prospectus
Ben Lively struck out 10 and yielded just one hit over six innings. He has a 0.39 ERA over four starts with 33 Ks. The fourth round pick's only run this season was a solo homer, and he is doing it in the hitter-friendly Cal League.  ... MiLB
Rockies right-hander Dan Winkler performed well in the Cal league last season, sporting a 2.97 ERA in the hitter-friendly environment. He flirted with a no-hitter for the second time this season, pitching all seven innings on Tuesday. After four starts, he has a 0.75 ERA and has struck out 27 over 24 innings. He's added a cutter this season.  ... MiLB
Alen Hanson made a nice play last night at short. He struggled defensively last season (.944 fielding percentage) and has made four errors in the early season.  ... Pirates Prospects
Shortstop Luis Sardinas has been called up by the Rangers to fill a temporary void.  ... Baseball Prospectus
Baseball America summarizes the performances of college draft prospects from last week.  ... Baseball America
Rangers right-hander Luke Jackson threw seven shutout innings in a 6-0 victory over San Antonio on Monday. He's shown improved control this season, walking just five over 21.1 innings.  ... MiLB
PiratesProspects covers the action in the Pirates minor league system, including the High-A Bradenton rotation's run of nine starts. They've compiled a 0.36 ERA in 50.2 innings. Pat Ludwig threw six innings of one-run ball, striking out five and walking one. The one run was unearned, leaving him with a 0.50 ERA over 18 innings.  ... Pirates Prospects
Monday Morning Ten Pack from BP.  ... Baseball Prospectus
Fangraphs takes a look at Zack Thornton as well as two players that could be the player to be named later in the Ike Davis trade.  ... Fangraphs
O'Koyea Dickson drove in five and homered twice for the Dodgers Chatanooga affiliate, leading them to a 12-0 win. He also walked and scored three times. He's now hitting .268 on the season.  ... MiLB
Notes from last week in the Texas League.  ... Grading On The Curve
Michael Chavis hit a walk-off grand slam on Saturday. He's hitting .546/.643/1.090 through 22 games with ten homers and 15 steals. The prep shortstop is a mid-to-late first round talent that probably won't stick long term at short.  ... Pirates Prospects