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The fifth-ranked Mariners prospect was perfect through five before yielding a leadoff single in the sixth. Miller responded to that by striking out the next four batters he faced. After a walk with one out in the seventh, the only other blemish for the right-hander was a home run by Joe Perez. Miller recorded the final two outs of the frame on five pitches. He exited after tossing 64 of his 92 pitches for strikes.
The 24-year-old was called up to Double-A on July 26 and posted a 3.20 ERA, a 1.05 WHIP and a .191 average against with 61 punchouts over 50 2/3 innings pitched (10 starts) for the Travelers. -- Rob Terranova
The force is strong in the Mariners farm system (Sept. 10)
Power has become a common commodity in the Seattle farm system.
Cade Marlowe is currently on a three-game home run streak with five homers over that span and six in his last seven games.
The Travelers got the fireworks started early with two homers in the first inning, capped off by the 25-year-old's two-run shot to right field that highlighted a four-run inning. In his very next at-bat, the designated hitter homered again, blasting his 20th jack of the season to right in the third. He ended the night 3-for-4 with three RBIs.
Seattle's No. 21 prospect cracked a two-run homer to center field to get the first runs on the board in the first inning. In just the second inning, the 22-year-old had deja vu with another two-run shot, this time to right-center. The first baseman's extra-base hit clinic was wrapped up in a bow with an RBI triple to center in the seventh. He ended the night 3-for-4 with five RBIs. -- Ethan Sands
The cavalcade of runs can be traced back to Ford -- Seattle’s No. 1 prospect -- opening the game with a line-drive single to right field; the backstop came around to score the Nuts’ first run of the night and would be at the center of more to come.
Ford, who has played all season at 19 years old, added his second single in the third, which was Modesto’s defining frame: 14 batters sent to the dish, 10 runs, six hits. Ranked as the No. 68 prospect in baseball by MLB Pipeline, the righty-swinging catcher added a double in the fourth, a walk in the sixth and another opposite-field lined knock in the eighth.
Compiling hits in droves is nothing new for Ford, who has amassed four four-hit outings this season. Taken with the 12th overall selection in the 2021 Draft, the Kennesaw, Ga., native raised his slash line on the year to .272/.425/.438 with the performance. In addition to his advanced eye, Ford has swiped 22 bags this season, having been caught just five times. -- Jesse Borek
Seattle's No. 22 prospect hammered two homers and drove in five runs in the blowout win. The 25-year-old began his night with a solo shot to left-center field in the second inning. He quickly followed with a three-run homer to right-center as part of a seven-run third inning. He added to his extra-base hit clinic with an RBI double to center in the seventh.
The 20th round (606th overall) selection in the 2019 Draft ended the evening 3-for-5 with a season-high five RBIs and season-high three runs on top of his fourth career multihomer game, second with the Travelers. -- Ethan Sands
Young crushes first professional homer (Sept. 4)
Cole Young showed the pop in his bat for the first time since being drafted.
It took 38 at-bats but the 19-year-old crushed a solo shot to right field in the fifth inning. Young topped it off with two singles to cap a three-hit night.
The shortstop improved his slash line to .325/.417/.475 on the season. -- Edwin Perez
Locklear notches first pro multihomer game (Sep. 4)
It didn't take Tyler Locklear too much time to break out his power stroke in a big way.
The Nuts were already ahead 5-0 in the fifth inning before Locklear went deep in consecutive trips to the plate in the fifth and seventh. After homering 20 times for the Rams this spring, he has hit five in just under 100 at-bats as a professional. -- Jacob Resnick
DeLoach produces seven runs in multihit effort (Aug. 31)
Zach DeLoach was a solo run-producing machine.
The 24-year-old displayed his power as he hit a three-run homer to right field in the seventh inning, while also contributing three singles and a sacrifice fly.
The outfielder brought his homer tally to 13 and has now recorded 64 RBIs on the season. -- Edwin Perez
Ford cranks go-ahead homer, logs eight total bases (Aug. 20)
The Mariners emptied the proverbial prospect stockpile when it came to the 2022 Trade Deadline, allowing the top of their crop to reset. Enter: Harry Ford, Seattle’s new No. 1.
Ford blasted off for the second straight game in a 6-5 Modesto win over Rancho Cucamonga, with the roundtripper giving the Nuts a ninth-inning lead they would not relinquish.
In addition to the homer, the 12th overall selection from the 2021 Draft socked a pair of doubles amidst run-scoring frames in the fifth and seventh.
After a slow start to the year, Ford has posted an OPS north of .900 in each of the past three months. MLB Pipeline grades the 19-year-old (MLB’s No. 68 overall prospect) out as slightly above-average behind the dish in both his fielding prowess and throwing arm; his highest mark though -- unusual for a catcher -- is for his wheels. In 86 games this season, the Georgia native has 18 steals in 22 attempts. -- Jesse Borek
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.
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.
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