A ton of top prospects were in action Friday, but you have to go all the way down to the Rookie-level Dominican Summer League to find the top highlight of the night.
Dodgers lefthander Geison Aguasviva and 17-year-old righthander Luis Ferreras combined for a seven-inning no-hitter in the DSL clubâ€™s 2-0 win against the Devil Rays. Aguasviva, who turns 20 in August, struck out four and walked three over five shutout innings, lowering his ERA to 0.43 in with 20 strikeouts in 21 innings.
It was a tough day all around for DSL Devil Rays hitters, who managed just one hit in the nightcap against righthanders Carlos Frias and Jhan Lopez in the Dodgersâ€™ 1-0 win. Frias, whose numbers improved to 2-0, 0.84 in 21 innings, allowed the lone hit and struck out four over 5 2/3 innings.
â€¢ Sticking with the Dodgers for a second, keep an eye on 19-year-old Rookie-level Gulf Coast League third baseman Pedro Baez. Signed out of Bani in the Dominican Republic by assistant general manager Logan White in March, the Dodgers brought Baez straight over to Vero Beach during spring training. That says a lot about the teenagerâ€™s tools, with plus raw power and good reactions and above-average arm strength on the corner. Baez went 3-for-5 with a run scored in the Dodgersâ€™ 7-4 win against the Nationals in the complex league, and is now hitting .351 with four extra-base hits and six RBIs in just 32 at-bats. A rehabbing Garrett Mock wore it for the GCL Nats, allowing six runs on five hitsâ€”three of which left the yardâ€”over just 1 2/3 innings.
â€¢ We pulled out White Sox righthander Fautino De Los Santos as an arm to watch back in April, and he continues to draw attention to himself at low Class A Kannapolis. The 21-year-old whiffed 14 over eight innings of the Intimidatorsâ€™ 5-4 win against Greensboro, improving his overall numbers to 6-2, 2.24 with 96 strikeouts in 78 innings.
â€¢ Brewers catcher Angel Salome has been one of the hottest hitters in the minors in June, and that trend continued Friday in high Class A Brevard Countyâ€™s 6-5 loss to Clearwater. Salome went 4-for-5 with a double and a pair of RBIs and is now hitting .332/.366/.495 with five homers and 39 RBIs in 190 at-bats.
â€¢ Pirates first baseman Steven Pearce homered for the second straight night in Double-A Altoonaâ€™s 5-4 win against Trenton. Pearce went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs, with the bomb coming off Yankees righthander Jeff Marquez. In June, Pearce is hitting .400/.439/.800 with eight homers.
â€¢ It was a rough night for Dodgers lefthander Clayton Kershaw, who allowed six runs on six hits over just 4 1/3 innings of low Class A Great Lakesâ€™ 15-7 loss to Lansing.
â€¢ Indians righthander Steven Wright finally made his high Class A debut at Kinston, though it was a night the 2006 second-rounder out of Hawaii would like to forget. Wrightâ€™s debut was pushed back two days because of rainouts in eastern, N.C., and wound up allowing six runs on five hits over four innings. Catcher and World Futures Gamer Max Ramirez hit his 12th home run of the season for the Indians in the 8-7 loss to Frederick.
â€¢ Triple-A Norfolk lefthander Garrett Olson just keeps getting better and better and should likely be in Baltimore by September at the latest. Olson struck out 10 and allowed just two hits over seven shutout innings in the Tidesâ€™ 7-0 win against Pawtucket. He threw 112 pitches, 70 for strikes.
â€¢ Phillies fourth-rounder this season, Tyler Mach, homered twice in short-season Williamsportâ€™s 6-5 win against Auburn. The Oklahoma State product went 2-for-4 with four RBIs and a pair of runs scored in the victory.
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