Rookie Dish: Francis Strikes Out 16

Prospect Of The Day

Danville righthander David Francis (Braves) turned in one of the better performances you’ll see at any level on Tuesday when he threw six no-hit innings, walked two and struck out 16. Let’s put it another way; of the 18 outs Francis made, only three of them were not strikeouts. (Francis struck out four in one inning, but one batter reached base on a third strike wild pitch.) Francis had given up just one run over his last 16 innings since making his professional debut before Tuesday’s performance.

Prospect Nuggets

Jon Leiber and Scott Eyre (Cubs) made rehab appearances in the Arizona League. Lieber allowed four hits in three innings, but pitched shutout ball, while Eyre walked one in a scoreless inning of relief. . . Sam Runion (Royals) pitched five scoreless innings and struck out seven, easily his highest strikeout total this season. The 19-year old Burlington righthander has allowed just two runs in four starts. . . Kyle Slate (Phillies) threw four perfect innings, save for a hit batter and struck out seven in the Gulf Coast League. . . Chris Scholl (Angels) worked four perfect innings in relief and struck out six for Orem. . . Zach Collier (Phillies) went 3-for-4 (all singles) in the GCL. . . Erik Komatsu (Brewers) went 2-for-3 with two runs and his fourth and fifth stolen bases on the season. . . Tigers’ 2007 supplemental first-rounder Brandon Hamilton has been lights out since joining the GCL team. The righthander moved to 3-0 after allowing just two hits and striking out three.

What To Watch For Today

Princeton righthander Joseph Cruz (Rays) has pitched 10 shutout innings in has last two games. He takes the mound to face Kingsport tonight.