Hot Prospects for April 28

April 30th, 2016

Andrew Benintendi OF (Red Sox) - The last three days, including April 29th Andrew is turning into an RBI machine with 11 runs driven in. He has had back to back four RBI games and carries an 18 game hitting streak that has put his average at .365. The homeruns are not coming yet but he has 10 doubles and six triples to put his slugging percentage at .659. The first round 2015 pick makes contact with an 8/6 walk to whiff ratio in 21 games. The only down side to his game at this point is his 0 for 2 success rate in stolen bases.

Connor Goedert 1B (Astros) - It is not like the Astros need another first baseman, but down in Low A Connor had a big 6 RBI game in the first game of a double header. He went 2 for 3 hitting his first homerun and first double in a late start to the season. He hit his second double in the second game of the double header and currently carries a three game hitting streak (4 for 9) raising his batting average to .219.

Jose Peraza SS (Reds) - Jose is showing he has some power in his stick, blasting two doubles and a homerun in a 3 for 4 day. The power display may be impacting his speed on the bases as he was also caught stealing giving him a success rate of 2 for 6 for the season. The three RBI game equaled the numbers he put together in the first 17 games of the season. Jose has been bouncing around between 2B, SS and CF so expect a promotion if the bat of Billy Hamilton remains stagnant.

Willi Castro SS (Indians) - Willi got his average to .300 with a 4 for 5 day, hitting his first homerun of the year to go along with a double and two singles. The outburst gave him four runs driven in, leading Lake County to a 10-1 slaughter of Burlington. Willi will need to improve his 1/16 walk to whiff ratio as he climbs up the minor league ladder if he wants to sustain his success.

Jorge Bonifacio RF (Royals) - The Royals have been waiting for Jorge to find his power stroke. Last year he seemed to have a break out year with a career high 17 homeruns. In a 3 for 5 day he hit his fourth homerun, driving in three runs and scoring three times. The three RBIs gave him six in two days. Jorge still shows his inconsistency. The next day he struck out four times in six at bats to put his walk to whiff ratio at 1/21. He is still hitting .333 despite the poor walk to whiff ratio.

Brian Anderson 3B (Marlins) - Not that familiar with Mr. Anderson but a 4 for 5 day will put him on the radar. This is his second season in the Florida State League. He shows an ability to take walks with 14 in just 21 games for a .409 OBA. Keep an eye on his progress.

Tyler Danish RHP (White Sox) - Another complete game in minor league baseball, this one by a Danish. He threw 105 pitches in the three hit shutout, walking two and striking out six. Tyler had been struggling until this outing lowered his ERA to 3.56 and evened his record to 2-2.

Lucas Sims RHP (Braves) and Andrew Suarez LHP (Giants) - The two double digit K men each gave up a run but they had a lot of bats swinging and missing. Lucas struck out 11 in his outing, just his second start after a promotion to AAA. It is also his second double digit K performance after striking out 10 in one of his three AA starts. Suarez, the Giants 2015 second round pick struck out 10 after striking out nine in his previous performance. Expect a promotion soon to AA.

A.J. Cole RHP (Nationals) - A.J. has always battled inconsistency. Good starts followed by bad starts. This is his third season of pitching in AAA and after giving up 8 runs in four plus innings in his previous start Cole hammered away at the Pawtucket bats throwing six innings of four hit shutout ball. The Nationals would like to see this success followed by multiple successes over the course of a season.

Hot Prospects for April 27

April 29th, 2016

Pitchers were the name of the game on Wednesday. It was tough finding hitters to brag about this past Wednesday.

Harrison Bader CF (Cardinals) - His tools will not impress but all he has done is found success. After three years in college the Cardinals drafted him and let him find his stride in rookie ball where he hit .379 in 29 at bats. A promotion to Low A was not difficult as he hit .301 with 9 homeruns and 15 stolen bases. The Cardinals chose to skip him past High A to AA where he continues to rake. A 4 for 5 day where he hit his third homerun (the next day he would hit his fourth) and drove in three raised his average to .338. He hit another homerun the next day to give him three homeruns in four games. At this rate he could have an opportunity to see a promotion to AAA before July, not bad for a 2015 third round pick out of college.

Mason Robbins OF (White Sox) - The 25th pick out of the 2014 draft hit for the cycle in a 4 for 4 day. As part of that cycle Mason slugged his first homerun and legged out his first triple of the year. The three runs he drove in were half his total for the year (6). Mason needs to improve on his walk to whiff ratio (1/18) if he wants to hit for a high average (.246) and a decent OBA (.254).

Pitching

Steven Brault LHP (Pirates) - Steven was acquired by the Pirates from the Orioles in the Travis Snider trade. Not overpowering with a fastball in the low 90s, he did not let that stop him from striking out some of his ex-teammates, the Norfolk Tides, whiffing 11 while only walking one in six innings of work. After he was removed from the game Norfolk rallied to tie the game, eventually winning in 12 but Steven showed he may have been a steep price the Orioles paid for Snider.

Kohl Stewart RHP (Twins) - The Twins 2013 first round pick (fourth overall) is off to a good start. He tossed another six innings of shutout ball, allowing just three hits to lower his ERA to 1.93. That was a nice come back after he had his worst start of the year the start before, giving up three runs in less than six innings of work.

Phil Bickford RHP (Giants) - Joining Stewart is Bickford, another first round pick in 2013, this time for the Blue Jays. He did not sign with the Blue Jays so the Giants made him a first round pick in 2015. He threw seven innings of four hit shutout ball, striking out nine, but his fate mimed Stewart. The bullpen coughed up four runs in the eighth and Kannapolis beat Augusta 4-3. Phil is throwing strikes in his 2016 domination of Low A, impressing with a 4/33 walk to whiff ratio in 20.2 innings. A 3.48 ERA is tainted by poor outings in his first three starts.

Zach Eflin RHP (Phillies) - Zach won his third game in four starts, the second in which he has not given up a run. The 2012 supplemental first round pick went 6.1 innings allowing just four hits. He has a 3/22 walk to whiff ratio in his 26.1 innings.

Ariel Jurado RHP and Pedro Payano RHP (Rangers) - The Panamanian pitcher Jurado was staked to a 10-0 lead then cruised through six innings of five hit shutout ball. He did not walk a batter and struck out five in his six inning outing. Payano was born in New York but signed as an international free agent out of the Dominican Republic back in 2011. He threw a rare nine inning complete game shutout, allowing just one hit. He walked two and struck out 11, throwing just 99 pitches in the outing. A broken bat bloop single in the eighth ruined his no hitter.

Nola Baffles Nats Bats in Win

April 28th, 2016

It was a drizzly, cold day with the wind blowing and cutting into you like a knife. The unpleasant weather had an impact on the crowd, with very few people streaming into the stadium to watch baseball (there was a Caps playoff game as well). The cold weather also had an impact on the offense as both teams struggled to score runs. The Nationals didn’t. The Phillies waited until the top of the ninth when they rallied for three runs for a 3-0 win.

Tanner Roark was sharp for the Nationals, allowing only two hits in his seven innings of work. Likewise, Aaron Nola mesmerized the Nationals bats with his curveball, limiting them to two hits in his seven innings of work. Neither team could advance a runner to third until the sixth inning when Matt den Dekker walked, stole second and advanced to third on a ground out. Bryce Harper failed to drive him in with a ground out to second for the final out.

Bryce Harper again had the opportunity to win the game in the eighth. A single sandwiched between two walks loaded the bases with two out for Bryce. Elvis Araujo threw three breaking pitches to Bryce, who swung and missed at the latter one to strike out and end what appeared to be the best scoring opportunity for the Nationals. They would not have another opportunity to come to bat with the score tied.

Felipe Rivero came on to pitch the ninth with the score 0-0. Odubel Herrera slapped a 1-2 pitch into centerfield for a single. After fouling off two bunt attempts, Freddy Galvis roped a deep ball into the right centerfield gap where it hit the warning track for a double, Herrera stopping at third. Dusty Baker chose to intentionally walk Maikel Franco to load the bases and bring in Jonathan Papelbon to get out of the inning with no runs scored.

Papelbon got pinch hitter Darin Ruf to strikeout. He worked the count to Cameron Rupp to 2-2. Cameron powered his next pitch to the opposite field, over the head of Bryce Harper. Two runs scored on the double. Papelbon got the next hitter Cesar Hernandez to pop to short. With two outs David Lough bounced one up the middle, off the hand of Papelbon and rolled along the infield for a single to drive in the third run. A hard ground ball to Zimmerman at first base ended the outburst.

The Nationals got a lead off single from Ryan Zimmerman to start the bottom of the ninth. David Murphy got the crowd excited by sending a pitch deep to right field where Peter Bourjos reached above the scoreboard fence to make the catch. Jayson Werth grounded into a 6-4-3 double play to end the game.

Game Notes: The Phillies played a shift on Bryce Harper, playing everyone on the first base side of the second base bag, except Freddy Galvis who stationed himself at third base looking for a bunt. Bryce shot it through the vacated shortstop hole for a single…Odubel Herrera was called safe on a steal of second in the first inning but upon further review they ruled him out…Pedro Severino was catching for the Nationals, getting his first major league start…Ryan Howard broke up the Tanner Roark no hitter by lining a single into right field in the fourth inning.

Hot Prospects for April 26

April 28th, 2016

Jeimer Candelario 3B (Cubs) - With Kris Bryant at third base you would think the Cubs would not need another third baseman. The Dominican bat has been a little quiet in April but a 2 for 3 day with six RBIs sparked a little noise. A three run homer was the big hit with Tennessee waltzing past Mobile 11-5. Jeimer also walked twice and ripped a double to raise his average to .217. Despite the struggles Jeimer has walked 14 times for a .345 OBA, an indication pitchers still fear him.

Drew Ward 3B, Andrew Stevenson OF (Nationals) - Drew launched two balls over the fence and Andrew scattered three singles and a double to lead Potomac to a 7-4 victory over Myrtle Beach. The two homeruns for Drew drove in five of the seven runs for the P-Nats. For Andrew, the four hits raised the 2015 second round picks average to .352. He also stole his seventh base.

Adam Brett Walker Of (Twins) - Adam missed hitting for the cycle by failing to do what he does best - hit a homerun. The slugger collected two singles, a double and triple to drive in three runs to lead Rochester to an 8-7 14 inning marathon win. Adam also struck out three times in his 4 for 7 day.

Bobby Bradley 1B (Indians) - While his strikeouts have been prevalent, with 31 in 18 games, when Bobby makes contact with the ball it finds the gaps. The slugging first baseman would be hitting .488 if he made consistent contact. A 3 for 4 day with four runs scored is part of a three game 8 for 13 streak in which he has hit homeruns in two consecutive games. He has driven in five runs in his last to games to raise his overall average to 22.

Orlando Arcia SS (Brewers) - By June Orlando should be playing shortstop for the Brewers if he continues on his present pace. A 3 for 6 day with a grand slam homer gave Colorado Springs an 11-9 win over Omaha. The three hits raised his average to .313.

Amed Rosario SS (Mets) - Amed Rosario is having a solid year in the Florida State League going 3 for 5 with 4 RBIs. Amed ripped his fifth triple and third homerun, falling a double short of the cycle. In his last two games (that includes April 27) he has driven in seven runs for 17 RBIs for the season. That is the kind of production the Mets would love to see from their shortstop position in the not so distant future.

Jake Hager SS (Rays) - Jake may have been forgotten in the Rays shortstop race after missing all of last season because of injuries, but he is putting his name out there again. The first round pick of the 2011 draft went 5 for 5, all singles to raise his average to .362. Power is not his game but the Rays will take those numbers.

Pitchers

Franderlyn Romero RHP (Reds) - Romero came within four outs of a no hitter pitching 7.2 innings and striking out 12 of the 25 batters he faced. The Venezuelan has only given up six hits in his last 14.2 innings of work allowing just one run to lower his ERA to 3.16.

Ronald Herrera RHP (Yankees) - Another Venezuelan threw eight innings of no hit ball to pick up his third win in Eastern League action. The no hitter was completed by Jonathan Holder when he pitched a perfect ninth.

Tyler Glasnow RHP (Pirates) - It is only a matter of time before the 6′8″ righthander is part of the Pirates rotation. He was dominant in his last start, allowing just two hits in six innings of work, striking out 11 of the 20 hitters he faced.

Jon Perrin RHP (Brewers) - Jon had the big strikeout production of the day with 14 whiffs in 6.2 innings of work. He did give up two runs for the third consecutive start and delivered his first homerun pitch in his fourth start. The 2015 27th round pick has yet to walk a hitter in his 24 innings of work.

Tyrell Jenkins RHP (Braves), Stephen Gonsalves LHP (Twins), Braden Shipley RHP (D-Backs) - Three more pitchers with six or seven inning shutout performances. Shipley had the seven inning three hitter, striking out eight and lowering his ERA to 4.07. For Gonsalves he has only given up one run in his last three starts covering 19 innings to put his ERA at a shining 1.44. All three of those starts have been two hitters. For Jenkins it is his second five hit shutout after six innings of work in his four starts.

Blanco Batters Scherzer to Lead Phils

April 27th, 2016

The Phillies are going to have to find a way to get the bat of Andres Blanco in the lineup. He came a triple short of the cycle, battering Nationals ace Max Scherzer for two of his three hits in the Phils 4-3 win over the Nationals.

In the opening frame Blanco launched a two run homer to give the Phillies an early 2-0 lead. He singled in the fifth but it was his bloop double to left field in the seventh off reliever Oliver Perez in a 3-3 tie that won the game. With lefthander Ryan Howard on deck Dusty Baker chose to leave the lefty Perez in to face Maikel Franco and he drove it to the center field wall. Michael Taylor attempted a leaping catch, but the ball bounced off his glove, returning to the outfield grass for a double. Franco had fallen down between first and second otherwise he may have thought about legging it for a triple.

The Nationals came back from a 3-1 deficit to tie the game in the fifth. On a ground out by Anthony Rendon, Maikel Franco attempted to run to third for the force and then gun it to third in an attempt for a double play. He fell short on his throw to first. A 5-4-3 turn may have gotten two. Bryce Harper followed with an RBI single and Ryan Zimmerman scooted a single past Cesar Hernandez to score a third run and tie the game at 3-3.

The Nationals did have the opportunity to win the game in the ninth after a Rendon two out single. Jeanmar Gomez, the Phillies closer got Bryce Harper to ground out to third to end the game.

Game Notes: Scherzer appears to rely on two pitches in a game. His mid-90s fastball and his mid to high 80s slider. There is nothing slower than 85. Hitters seem geared towards hitting his fastball…Michael Taylor stole second base off David Hernandez. He was halfway to second while Hernandez was still in his stretch. This ultimately led to an intentional walk to Bryce Harper after Rendon lined out to right and Ryan Zimmerman swung at and then watched two low 80s curves to strike out…Ryan Howard appears to have a noticeable limp as he runs the bases. Myworld has seen players in 50 plus senior softball leagues who look better running the bases than Howard…The damage against Scherzer should have been worse. With runners at second and third and no out Franco grounded one to the bag at Rendon at third, who tagged Odubel Herrara, who was off the bag at third for one and threw to first to complete the double play. He also had runners on second and third with two outs in the sixth but struck out Peter Bourjos to end that threat…Cesar Hernandez laced three singles in his first three at bats. His second hit was an RBI single…Andres Blanco was a triple short of the cycle. He walked in the ninth inning…Matt Belisle left the game because of an injury after facing only one hitter.

VandenHurk Defines Winning with 13 Straight in Japan

April 27th, 2016

Rick Vandenhurk has had an interesting career. Born in Eindhoven, Netherlands, he was signed by the then Florida Marlins to an international contract in 2002. When the Marlins promoted him to their major league club in 2007 he was the youngest player in the National league. Who would have thought three championships find his future after a failed major league career.

Unfortunately, his years with the Marlins were filled with high ERAs and inflated batting averages. They traded him to the Baltimore Orioles in 2010 where his fortunes were not much better. After the Orioles released him he bounced around with a couple more major league teams before finally returning to Europe after the 2012 season.

The Samsung Lions of the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) took an interest in him. They signed him to a contract in 2013 and after a vanilla first season Vandenhurk shined in the 2014 season, leading the league in ERA (3.18) and strikeouts (180). The Lions won the championship in the two seasons Vandenhurk pitched for them.

The Softbank Hawks in Japan were looking for a pitcher to insert into their rotation. They signed him to a contract for the 2015 season and he has not lost a game since. The 13 game winning streak has tied two Japanese records, 1) for most wins to start a career set by Tsueno Horiuchi set in 1966 and 2) the most consecutive wins by a foreign pitcher set by Tai-Yuan Kuo in 1987-1988. He is still a long way from the record established by Masahiro Tanaka of 28 consecutive wins.

Vandenhurk also pitched a little winter league ball in Puerto Rico in 2009. He hopes all that international exposure gives him a return engagement to the major leagues sometime in the future. That is if the Softbank Hawks don’t convince him to stick around for just a bit longer as he pitches them to another NPB championship. That’s right. The Softbank Hawks won the NPB championship his first year with the team. Now if that is not a motivator for some major league team, three straight Asian championships with a fourth in sight. Who does not love a winner. What happened to the Samsung Lions after Vandenhurk left. They lost to the Doosan Bears ending their run of four straight championships.

Hot Prospects for April 25

April 27th, 2016

Below are some of the minor league prospects that are beginning to make an impact.

Pete O’Brien DH (Diamondbacks) - His best bet is to be traded to an American League team where he can do what he does best. Hit. He has bashed four homeruns in the last three days (if you include April 26) giving him seven for the year, with eight runs driven in during those three days. Three straight two hit games have raised his average to .343. Most of his time has been spent rotating between left field and first base. Catching has not been in his resume for the 2016 season. With his lack of foot speed left field may not be his ideal defensive position, but if Kyle Schwarber can do it so can Pete O’Brien.
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Tim Anderson SS (White Sox) - The 2013 first round pick wants to get his bat working if he is going to take over the shortstop position from Jimmie Rollins by mid season. A four hit day raised his average to .238. He also stroked his third double of the year in the game, the only extra base hits Tim has delivered in this still young season giving him an unsatisfying .286 slugging average. Making contact has been an issue for Tim with 20 whiffs in his first 15 games.

Joey Gallo 3B (Rangers) - The fact Adrian Beltre has signed a two year extension for the Rangers has given the team no motivation to move Gallo from third base. His power bat is again launching balls out of the park with two homeruns on Monday to give him seven for the year. His second homerun of the game in the 12th inning proved to be the game winner for Round Rock in their 6-5 win over Memphis.

Amir Garrett LHP (Reds) - Amir got his first win of the 2016 season throwing 6.2 innings of two hit shutout ball. Amir only walked one and struck out nine in his fourth outing of the year. It is the second start in which he has held the opponent scoreless with the four quality starts giving him an ERA at 1.74. The 6′5″ lefthander has also showed excellent command with just four walks in his 24.2 innings and 25 whiffs. Lefthanded batters are only hitting .105 against him.

James Hoyt RHP (Astros) - Relief pitchers do not get a lot of respect here because they fail to impress with their lack of innings per appearance. Hoyt countered that trend with a two inning outing where he struck out five of the seven hitters he faced. He also picked up his fifth save during that outing. Hoyt is gunning for a bullpen spot striking out 10 of the last 14 hitters he has faced in his last three appearances.

Top Weekend Prospects

April 25th, 2016

Below are some of the minor league players who performed well over the weekend. Since there were a number of players over the three days we pared it down to some of the players we liked.

Jose Rondon SS (Padres) - Even though the Padres acquired a promising shortstop in Javier Guerrero, don’t count out Jose from establishing himself at the position. Or moving to second base. He had a 5 for 6 two days, driving in six runs over the weekend and crossing the plate three times. He also had a double in each game and has ripped five doubles in his last six games. The young Venezuelan had gone his first seven games without an extra base hit. The 5 for 6 streak has raised his average to .375.

Mac Williamson OF (Giants) - It took Jose two days to drive in six runs. It took Mac just one day to drive in seven. He accomplished the feat without a homerun going 3 for 3 with two doubles on Sunday. He also drove in 10 runs over the weekend, slugging two solo shots on Friday to give him four on the year. Mac is currently hitting .385 for Sacramento.

Josh Naylor 1B (Marlins) - Josh is in a bit of a zone. He had three three hit games over the weekend, going 6 for 6 his last two days. The 9 for 11 spark raised his average from .190 to .290. The first round 2015 pick has hit homeruns in his last two games and driven in six runs. The Canadian slugger also hit four doubles over the weekend, giving him 6 of his 9 extra base hits over the last three days.

Josh Bell 1B (Pirates) - Josh hit for the cycle on Friday, driving in five runs. The following two days were not as exciting, but he still collected two hits each on Saturday and Sunday. That gave him a 8 for 13 weekend with six runs driven in. Josh is currently rolling along with an eight game hitting streak.

Tyler Krieger 2B (Indians) - The fourth round 2015 pick had a five hit day in six at bats on Saturday. That raised his average by 50 points to .368. Tyler went 7 for 14 over the weekend with four RBIs and six runs scored. There was only one extra base hit over the weekend.

Pitchers

Mitch Keller RHP (Pirates) - The Pirates 2014 second round pick has three starts of five innings each with nary a run scoring in those three starts. A Friday start found him striking out 10 of the 17 hitters he faced, allowing just two hits. Righthanders are hitting a microscopic .107 off him. He has yet to give up an extra base hit this season and has a 0/23 walk to whiff ratio in those 15 innings.

Andrew Moore RHP (Mariners) - Andrew threw seven innings of no hit ball on Friday, walking one and striking out three. His bullpen mates could not complete the no hitter after he left after the seventh inning, coughing up two hits but still preserving the shutout. The seven shutout innings lowered his ERA to 1.14.

Robert Stephenson RHP (Reds) - After two effective big league starts Robert went back to AAA and threw six innings of three hit shutout ball. It doesn’t appear he has much to gain pitching in AAA though his 5/3 walk to whiff ratio in the minor leagues pales when compared to his 3/10 major league walk to whiff ratio. Perhaps he is more motivated in his major league outings.

Dinelson Lamet RHP (Padres) - The 6′3″ Dominican had his second consecutive six inning outing in which he did not allow a run. He walked one and struck out nine in his six innings of work. This gives him a shutout streak of at least 12.

Jamie Schultz RHP (Rays) - His 3.86 ERA is spoiled by a seven run outing in one of his four starts. On Sunday he threw five innings of shutout ball and struck out 12 of the 19 hitters he faced. The seven run outing has now been sandwiched between two shutout performances.

Mejia Goes Deep Thrice for Seven RBIs

April 24th, 2016

Ernesto Mejia hit three homeruns for the Seibu Lions, driving in all seven runs to lead the Lions over the Rakuten Golden Eagles 7-6. Mejia walked in the first inning then began his homer barrage in the third inning with a simple solo shot. In the fifth he connected on a two run blast and he iced the game in the seventh with a grand slam, after Rakuten had scored five runs in the top of the inning to take a 6-3 lead.

Mejia was a first base prospect with the Atlanta Braves behind Freddie Freeman a couple years ago. The Seibu Lions convinced him to take his craft to Japan. In 2014 he slugged 34 homeruns with a .290 average. Last year he encountered a bit of a slump, hitting just .235 with his homerun rate dropping to 27. Despite the drop in offensive numbers his RBI total went up, from 73 to 89. The three homerun barrage Friday night upped Ernesto’s 2016 total to 8 homeruns with a bating average of .347, both numbers good enough to lead the Pacific League. His 26 RBIs in 24 games leads the Pacific League by seven giving him the early lead for a Triple Crown win.

Bay Sox Beat Senators and Giolito

April 24th, 2016

It was the first minor league game of the 2016 season for myworld. A random game highlighted by the appearance of Lucas Giolito on the mound for the Harrisburg Senators. He was not sharp, walking four batters and giving up three runs in the Bay Sox 6-3 win. Giolito lasted only four innings, departing the game after giving up an RBI single to Mike Yastrzemski.

Julio Borbon was the batting hero for the Bay Sox in the Friday night game. He drove in the first run in the third inning on a fielder’s choice ground out with runners on first and third and the Senators attempting to get the play at the plate. Adrian Marin beat the throw home. His infield single off the glove of Lucas in the fifth led to the second run scoring when Borbon scored on the Yastrzemski single. He sliced a two run single in the sixth to give the Bay Sox a 4-3 lead.

The Bay Sox scored a couple insurance runs in the seventh on an RBI double by Quincy Lattimore. After two walks loaded the bases a ground out scored the sixth run.

Lucas Giolito hit 97 on his fastball, sitting comfortably in the mid-90s. He walked four, one in each complete inning of work and gave up four hits. Despite the velocity of his fastball he only struck out two but kept the ball in the infield with eight ground outs.

His mound opponent Parker Bridwell does not come with the press clippings of Giolito but he consistently hit in the mid-90s with his fastball. Parker outpitched Lucas working five plus innings. Parker was sharp in his first four innings allowing just three hits. He lost command of the plate in the fifth and sixth innings, issuing three walks which resulted in two of the three runs scoring.

The Nationals clearly had the better prospects in their lineup with Rafael Bautista and Wilmer Difo the first two hitters in the order for Harrisburg. Those two hitters combined to go 1-7 with Difo showing his speed with his double in the eighth. The Orioles two big prospects are Trey Mancini and Chance Sisco, a little slower in the foot speed. Mancini finished the game 0 for 3 getting hit by a pitch and grounding into a double play. Sisco did not get an official at bat, walking all four times at the plate and scoring once.