Here's a look at some of the prospects who stood out over the weekend.
• If you're looking for domination, no one in the minors is doing it better than Port Charlotte lefthander Matt Moore. The Rays prospect struck out a career-high 13 (in six scoreless innings) against Lakeland on Friday. It was the fourth time in the past five starts that Moore struck out 10 or more.
Amazingly, Moore's strikeouts (and the six more the Charlotte relievers picked up afterward) didn't lead to a win. Lakeland won 1-0 as Adam Wilk lowered his ERA to 2.99 with eight scoreless innings.
• When Tyler Matzek learns how to throw strikes, he's going to be pretty nasty. Right now, he's pretty tough to hit even when he's struggling with his control. On Saturday Matzek threw six hitless innings against Augusta. He did walk five, but held the GreenJackets scoreless.
• A fellow 2009 high school first rounder had a lot more problems in the same game that Matzek was dominating. Zack Wheeler, the sixth pick in last year's draft, walked four batters in only one inning. He did strike out three batters. Wheeler moved to the pen after he spent six weeks on the disabled list with a fingernail problem. Since then he's had some continuing problems with his control, but nothing like he had on Saturday. Before that he had walked four batters in eight innings since moving to the pen.
• It's not often you see a forfeit in minor league ball, but Everett picked up a 9-0 forfeit win over Boise on Saturday night when Bosie manager Jody Davis pulled his team off the field. Davis felt that the ground was too wet after an 80-minute rain delay to play. Davis pulled his team after Boise outfielder Ryan Cuneo fell down while chasing a fly ball. Davis argued with the umps, but the umpires said the field playable, which meant it was an Everett forfeit.
Northwest League commissioner Bob Richmond has suspended Davis for six games.
"I know his intentions were honorable," Richmond told the Everett Herald. "When you get a (game started) the umpires are essentially the generals, and they need to be obeyed. They weren't. That's why the suspension."
• On Friday afternoon Ben Badler mentioned in his chat that Rubby de la Rosa is one of the better sleeper prospects in the game. That night, de la Rosa did a great job of showing why he's a name to remember. The Dodgers righthander allowed one hit and one unearned run while striking out four and walking four. de la Rossa hasn't allowed an earned run in 18 innings since his promotion to Double-A. He's now 5-1, 2.44 overall.
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