Notable performances from prospects around the minors on Tuesday.
• Trevor Bauer, rhp, Indians. Bauer struck out seven Triple-A Charlotte batters and held the Knights hitless for 6 2/3 innings, yet he worked around eight baserunners and threw a wild pitch before being pulled after 106 pitches. Both runners he bequeathed to the Columbus bullpen scored, and the Clippers lost the first game of the doubleheader 4-2, going from potential seven-inning no-hitter to a loss in the span of a few batters.
Despite the bump in the road, the 22-year-old Bauer’s ratios for Columbus look fine—11.3 SO/9, 3.6 BB/9, 1.01 WHIP in four starts this year—yet he hasn’t had that same level of success in two big league starts this year (6.3 SO/9, 11.7 BB/9). The primary reason appears to be a diminished swinging-strike rate. At Triple-A it’s 24 percent. In Cleveland it’s 9.1 percent, suggesting he may need to work ahead of big league batters more frequently in order to coax them to offer at pitches out of the zone.
• Eddie Butler, rhp, Rockies. The 2012 supplemental pick moved up to third in the South Atlantic League with 38 strikeouts following his outing for low Class A Asheville on Tuesday. He delivered six one-hit innings against Augusta, striking out five and allowing no runs but also walking five. The 22-year-old moves to 3-1, 1.76 through seven starts.
• David Dahl, cf, Rockies. In the same game that Asheville teammate Eddie Butler allowed a mere infield single over six innings, Dahl suffered a hamstring injury while running through the bag at first base and had to be helped off the field. The 19-year-old joined the Tourists at the end of April and had recently begun to demonstrate the tools that made him the 10th pick in last year’s draft. On Asheville’s May road trip, Dahl went 9-for-29 (.310) with four extra-base hits and just three strikeouts in seven games.
• Jameson Taillon, rhp, Pirates. The 21-year-old left his start for Double-A Altoona in the fourth inning after taking a line drive off his left leg. A shin contusion, initial reports indicate.
• Christian Yelich, cf, Marlins. The top Miami position prospect turned in a week’s worth of production in one day on Tuesday, going 5-for-6 with 12 total bases for Double-A Jacksonville. He collected two triples, a homer, two runs and two RBIs in the game, and the 21-year-old may be on a fast track to Miami, where he’d join fellow phenoms Jose Fernandez and Marcell Ozuna as Marlins rookies. As talented as that trio may be, they probably won’t match the Marlins’ rookie class of ’06, which featured Hanley Ramirez, Josh Johnson, Anibal Sanchez, Dan Uggla, Ricky Nolasco and Josh Willingham.