Hancock works career-long scoreless outing at Double-A

August 15th, 2022

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Hancock fans five over seven scoreless (Aug. 14)
Emerson Hancock seems to enjoy pitching against Northwest Arkansas.

The No. 2 Mariners prospect lowered his ERA in five starts against the Naturals to 1.29 after seven scoreless innings in Double-A Arkansas' 5-0 win. It was the longest scoreless outing of Hancock's career, beating his start of 5 2/3 innings on July 3.

The 23-year-old continues to have success in the Texas League despite just 64 strikeouts in 74 innings. He missed the first month-plus of the season recovering from a lat strain but has not shown any lingering effects. In 15 starts, Hancock has allowed one or no earned runs in 11. -- Jacob Resnick

Berroa leads the way in Travelers no-hitter (Aug. 13)
Double-A Arkansas’ second no-hitter of the 2022 season was started by a young arm on his way to the Major Leagues. It was finished off by a pair of veterans working their way back up to The Show.

No. 24 Mariners prospect Prelander Berroa struck out a career-high 11 over five brilliant innings against Northwest Arkansas before giving way to Blake Weiman, Jake Haberer and former Major Leaguers Rob Kaminsky and Braden Shipley for one-inning stints each to seal a 6-0 victory.

It was the second time the Travelers held their opponent hitless this year, following Connor Jones’ seven-inning effort on May 26. Full story »

Ford has 3 hits, drives in a pair for Nuts (July 31)
Harry Ford might be the new No. 1 Mariners prospect, but nothing truly has changed. The 19 year old still just hits.

Ford concluded July with his eighth multihit game of the month, a three-hit effort in Single-A Modesto's 18-5 win over Fresno. He doubled, drove in two with a single in the second inning and also scored four times in the onslaught.

Since a dreadful first two months of the season, Ford has turned things around in a big way. But his true breakout came in July, where he hit .338 with a .924 OPS in 20 games. The 2021 first-round pick became Seattle's top prospect when Noelvi Marte was traded to Cincinnati for Luis Castillo.

Ford couldn't do it all by himself for Modesto. Robert Perez Jr., the Mariners' No. 25 prospect contributed a career-high seven RBIs and now leads the Minors with 87 on the season. -- Jacob Resnick.

Lebrada drives in seven runs for Modesto (July 27)
It was a career night for Victor Labrada, who homered as part of a three-hit effort with seven RBIs and delivered the walk-off knock in Single-A Modesto's 10-9 victory over Fresno at John Thurman Field.

The 23rd-ranked Mariners prospect delivered a two-run single to right in the second, a three-run jack to right in the fourth, a sacrifice fly to center in the fifth and the game-winning RBI single through the right side of the infield with one out in the ninth.

Lebrada is sporting a .469/.526/.688 slash line with 10 RBIs and seven runs scored in eight games this season with Modesto. -- Rob Terranova

Marte continues turnaround with 4 extra-base hits
Top prospects are anointed as such for good reason. After approaching the end of June with an OPS below .700, the switch has undeniably flipped for Noelvi Marte.

The top-ranked Mariners prospect continued his midsummer onslaught against Northwest League pitching with perhaps his best game yet: three doubles, a home run and a season-high seven RBIs in High-A Everett’s 16-9 loss to Eugene on Friday.

“First of all, thank God for the last month and a half,” Marte said through interpreter Jose Umbria. “The work I’ve been putting in every day when I come to the field, having a plan and trying to commit to it and execute during the game… I feel like I’m in a really good spot.” Full story »

Noelvi Marte's first four-hit game in High-A included his sixth homer in July.Shari Sommerfeld/MiLB.com

Marte continues torrid July with four-hit game (July 15)
Turning a corner? Noelvi Marte is on a whole new block.

The top-ranked Mariners prospect (MLB's No. 19) continued what has been a breakout month of July by recording a four-hit game for the first time in 2022 and belting his 14th home run in High-A Everett's 6-2 win over Tri-City.

Marte had been hitting .238 with a .379 slugging percentage in 64 games through the end of June. Since then, the 20-year-old shortstop is reminding evaluators why they fell in love with him over his first two pro seasons. In 12 July games, Marte is slashing an other-worldly .457/.554/.891 with six home runs -- one more than his total in May and June combined.

It was a night of big performances for the AquaSox. On the mound, starter Jimmy Joyce worked 5 2/3 scoreless innings while striking out an impressive 13 batters. The righty has fanned 90 through 79 1/3 innings in his first full season as a pro. -- Jacob Resnick

Ford knocks two doubles, completes three-hit game (July 13)
Harry Ford continues to shine in the month of July.

The Mariners No. 2 prospect notched two doubles in a three-hit game en route to Single-A Modesto's 14- 5 victory over Lake Elsinore. The 19-year-old recorded three RBIs on the night.

In the first inning, baseball's No. 68 prospect knocked an opposite-field base hit to right. Ford then brought in two runs with a double in the fourth, followed by another double pulled to right in the sixth. He capped off his night with an RBI groundout in the Nuts' six-run ninth.

Ford raised his season doubles total to 12 and raised his line to .353/.436/.471 for the month of July. -- Alyssa Gomez

Marte clubs fourth homer in five games (July 10)
After homering four times in the month of June, Noelvi Marte has matched that number in the past week alone.

The top Mariners prospect (MLB No. 20) has clubbed four long balls in his last five games, including a two-run blast to left-center in High-A Everett’s 13-10 loss to Vancouver. The 20-year-old was also hit by a pitch and walked en route to scoring three runs in the contest. Marte homered on July 6 to start the streak, then smacked two dingers on July 8 as part of a three-hit game before his two-run blast. The shortstop is four jacks short of reaching his career-high mark of 17 he set in 107 games across two levels last season.

The righty slugger is riding a seven-game hit streak and is batting a scorching .447/.553/.895 with five homers,12 RBIs and just five strikeouts in his last 38 at-bats. -- Stephanie Sheehan

Marte heating up, homers twice at High-A (July 9)
This is the  we’ve been waiting to see.

The Mariners No. 1 prospect continued his red-hot month of July, homering twice as part of a three-hit night in High-A Everett’s 10-5 win over Vancouver. 

It was the first multi-homer game of the season for Marte, who achieved three, including a three-homer game, in his full-season debut at at Single-A Modesto in 2021. Marte hit 17 homers at Modesto as a 19-year-old in 2021, a few years after signing for $1.55 million as the prize of Seattle’s 2018-’19 international signing class. Full story »

Green gives Rainiers another HR trifecta (July 4)
Less than 48 hours after Triple-A Tacoma's Brian O'Keefe delivered a three-homer feat, Zach Green also hit that trifecta for the first time.

The 28-year-old plated seven runs with his three long balls, powering the Rainiers to an 11-4 victory over the Aces in Reno. It marked the first time the Rainiers plated seven runs since Chris Herrmann on April 18, 2018 vs. Albuquerque.

"Any time you can be the guy that's winning the game, it's pretty cool," said Green.

The feat came only two days after catcher Brian O'Keefe racked up three homers for Tacoma on July 2. Until Saturday, the last time a Rainiers player had a three-homer game was on June 27, 2015, when Justin Ruggiano accomplished the feat at home vs. El Paso. Green admitted he was inspired by O'Keefe's effort. Full story »

Hancock strikes out season-high 6 (July 3)
On the eve of Independence Day, Emerson Hancock delivered his signature performance.

Seattle's fourth-ranked prospect did not allow a run and struck out a season-best six batters over 5 2/3 innings in Double-A Arkansas' 14-4 win against Tulsa. The righty went toe-to-toe with Drillers starter Bobby Miller (MLB No. 33), who fanned 10 over six scoreless innings, though Hancock will likely be glad to take a mild defeat in that category in exchange for the team win.

The 2020 No. 6 overall pick has been nothing short of excellent for Arkansas in his second professional season. Outside of a four-run outing his last turn through the rotation, Hancock has not allowed more than two earned runs in eight of nine starts. -- Jacob Resnick

O'Keefe hits 3 homers, delivers walk-off single (July 2)
Stepping up to the plate in the bottom of the 10th inning, Brian O’Keefe had a chance at rarefied air.

Armed with three home runs and bidding for a historic fourth, he instead settled for a solid consolation prize -- a walk-off single to lift Triple-A Tacoma over the Salt Lake Bees, 5-4.

The final tallies on the big night for the 28-year-old catcher: four hits, five RBIs and 13 total bases, in addition to the long ball trifecta. Those five runs driven in provided the entirety of the Rainiers' offense. Full story »

Marte smashes homer to ignite scoring outpour (July 1)
Noelvi Marte started a blowout with a bang. 

MLB Pipeline's No. 9 overall prospect was crucial in Everett's 10-6 win over Eugene. 

In his first at-bat of July, the 20-year-old began the fireworks show three days early with a two-run homer into the trees in center field to kick off a four-run first inning for the AquaSox. After walking in the second, Marte tallied an infield single in the fourth. The designated hitter capped his night with a two-run single to left in the eighth. He finished the evening 3-for-4 with three runs and four RBIs. 

After batting .218 in June, this successful start to July is exactly the refresher that the top prospect needed to get back on track. -- Ethan Sands

Ford comes in clutch for Modesto (June 17)
Harry Ford
extended his on-base streak to 13 games.

Seattle's No. 3 prospect was 4-for-5 in Single-A Modesto's 9-5 win over Lake Elsinore.

The first-round pick (12th overall) in 2021 began his night with a single to left field on a 3-0 count in the first inning. He followed that with a big shot, a two-run homer to left in the fifth that tied the game. Ford singled in the seventh and knocked in his third RBI on a single in the eighth to end his night.

The designated hitter has struggled at the plate this season, slashing .235/.387/.383, but over his four-game hitting streak, the 19-year-old has two four-hit games, eight RBIs, three triples and 22 total bases. The Georgia native is starting to find his rhythm in his second professional season. -- Ethan Sands