Top storiesHarvey does it all in Buffalo win: The top Mets prospect has struggled in his transition to AAA, but Matt Harvey made his best start of the season tonight. He pitched the bare minimum for a quality start by allowing three runs in six innings, and he struck out 10, a season high. He walked three and needs to cut down on those, but with two prior starts in which he's walked more than he struck out, the Mets will take the progress. He added two singles at the plate that included an RBI in the Bisons' two-run 4th inning.
Molina turning around season: An offseason trade sent Nestor Molina from an organization with perhaps the most depth to the one that unquestionably has the least. In his first two starts as the White Sox top starting pitching prospect, Molina struggled and allowed seven runs on 14 hits in a combined 8.2 innings. In his last two starts, he's only allowed three runs in a combined 15 innings, boasting a 12:1 K:BB ratio. He was wildly successful in five AA starts with the Toronto organization and won't reach that level this season, but he's getting traction with his new club.
Gattis stays hot: For the third consecutive game, surprising catcher prospect Evan Gattis has hit a home run. His career doesn't follow the typical trajectory for a prospect, but he impressed the Braves with his power in ML spring training this season. He's batting .431 this season with an outstanding .500 OBP and .863 SLG. Earlier in the week, he had a five hit, six RBI game, and the Braves might find a way to fast track this bat to the majors.
Lake County ends losing streak: The season is still very young, but the Captains already have a 10 game losing streak under their belts. That ended on Friday with a convincing 7-0 win at Clinton. Although LeVon Washington is out with an injury, Lake County still has some nice guys to set the table with Luigi Rodriguez and Francisco Lindor, each of whom who scored a run. Alex Monsalve had a four hit game, and Alex Lavisky and Bryson Myles each drove in two runs. Cody Anderson threw six scoreless innings to win his first game of the season.
Burlington turns the tables on Lansing: The Lugnuts have had one of the best pitching staffs in the minors this year with an ERA under 2.00, but Burlington outdueled them on Friday to win a 2-0 game. Despite their great record, Lansing's offense isn't anything to write home about so far, and Carlos Perez was out of the lineup tonight. Burlington starter Sean Murphy struck out seven in 6.2 innings while walking four and allowing four hits. Jesse Hernandez was just as good, striking out eight in 5.1 one-run innings. John Nester hit a solo home run for the Bees.
Allie's struggles continue: The Pirates knew they were getting a raw pitcher when they drafted Stetson Allie, but I'm not sure anyone expected this. Allie only recorded one out in a start in early April, walking four and being charged with two runs. Two weeks later, he came out of the bullpen and posted an eerily similar line. He again allowed two runs with four walks. It's still early for him to become the next Jason Neighborgall, but it hasn't been a promising start for Allie.
On tap todayMiLB.TV schedule
Alex Torres, Dellin Betances try to find strike zone
Jarrod Parker tries to pitch way to majors
Tim Melville hopes to continue surprising start
Tyler Matzek tries to stay in control
If you know of a player performance or article that should be shared, please let me know at @5runrally on Twitter so I can check it out!
MiLB Records Tracker
Billy Hamilton, Bakersfield Blaze
Current: 131 stolen bases in 109 games (1.20 per game)
Pace: 159 stolen bases in 133 games
Jurickson Profar, Frisco RoughRiders
50 game on-base streak (not on-going)