Ten was the magic number for a pair of Dodgers pitchers on Wednesday night as both Jose De Leon and Yadier Alvarez struck out 10 hitters in their respective starts for Triple-A Oklahoma City and Class A Great Lakes.De Leon, the Dodgers' No. 2 prospect and No. 20 on the
Ten was the magic number for a pair of Dodgers pitchers on Wednesday night as both Jose De Leon and Yadier Alvarez struck out 10 hitters in their respective starts for Triple-A Oklahoma City and Class A Great Lakes.
De Leon, the Dodgers' No. 2 prospect and No. 20 on the Top 100, yielded four hits over a career-high eight scoreless innings to pace Oklahoma City in a 7-0 shutout of Tacoma. The 23-year-old right-hander hit one batter but did not issue a walk in the outing, as he demonstrated exemplary command of his arsenal by throwing 80 of his 105 pitches for strikes.
De Leon now has struck out exactly 10 hitters in back-to-back starts for Oklahoma City. On Thursday, he fanned a pair of hitters in both the first and second innings before later striking out the side in the seventh. In total, he's registered 64 strikeouts against 14 walks through 43 1/3 frames this season, while holding opposing hitters to a .190 average.
Meanwhile, down in the Midwest League, Alvarez (Dodgers' No. 10) struck out the side in both the first and second innings en route to recording a career-best 10 strikeouts in his debut for Class A Great Lakes. The right-hander allowed one earned run on three hits and one walk while completing five innings for the second time this season. Alvarez, 20, was promoted to full-season ball after he posted a 1.80 ERA with nine hits allowed and 26 strikeouts over 20 innings (five starts) for the organization's Arizona League affiliate.
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The rest of the best performances from top prospects Wednesday
• Making his first career start in left field, No. 18 overall prospect Alex Bregman went 3-for-5 and scored one of Triple-A Fresno's eight runs in a win over Round Rock. In 16 games since his promotion to the Minors' highest level, the Astros' No. 1 prospect is batting .388 with nine multi-hit performances.
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• No. 22 overall prospect Bradley Zimmer collected a season-high four hits as Double-A Akron knocked off Richmond, 7-3. The Indians' No. 1 prospect finished 4-for-5 at the plate and drove in a pair of runs in the contest.
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• It was another multi-hit game for No. 40 overall prospect David Dahl (Rockies' No. 2), as he went 2-for-4 with a double for Triple-A Albuquerque in a loss against Nashville. The 22-year-old outfielder has hit safely all 13 games since being promoted, with a robust .510/.564/1.000 slash line and 12 extra-base hits in that span.
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• No. 44 overall prospect Dominic Smith connected on his 12th home run to extended his hitting streak to seven games for Double-A Binghamton. During said streak, the Mets' No. 1 prospect is hitting .452 and has six multi-hit performances.
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• No. 47 overall prospect Jake Thompson continued to roll as he fired six scoreless innings of three-hit ball to lead Triple-A Valley past Indianapolis. The Phillies' No. 2 prospect struck out five but also walked a season-high four batters, with 50 of his 90 pitches going for strikes. Since the beginning of June, Thompson, 22, has won six of his past nine starts while posting a stellar 0.58 ERA over 62 1/3 innings in that span. During that stretch, the 22-year-old righty has lowered his season ERA to 2.29 from 4.23.
• No. 50 overall prospectGary Sánchez had himself an inning, going 2-for-2 with a grand slam in a 12-run sixth for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in a win against Charlotte. Sanchez finished the game 3-for-6 with four RBIs. The homer was the 10th of the season for the Yankees' No. 3 prospect, who is batting .282/.326/.482 through 62 games.
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• No. 79 overall prospect Nick Gordon (Twins' No. 4 ) improved his batting average to .307 by going 4-for-5 at the plate in Class A Advanced Fort Myers' 13-10 loss to Lakeland. One of the 20-year-old shortstop's four knocks was a double, his 18th of the season, and he also notched three runs scored and three RBIs.
• Dodgers No. 11 prospect Willie Calhoun connected on his 20th home run as part of a 1-for-3 performance for Double-A Tulsa. The 21-year-old second baseman has gone deep three times in his past two games and six times over his last 10.
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• Cubs No. 16 prospect Eddy Martinez fell a single shy of hitting for the cycle, although it wasn't enough to keep Class A South Bend from falling to Burlington, 7-5. The 21-year-old outfielder's home run, a solo shot in the fourth inning, was his eighth of the year, and he also plated a pair of runs with a two-out triple in the eighth.
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• Cardinals No. 16 prospect Austin Gomber hurled the first complete game of his career but was a tough-luck loser as Class A Advanced Palm Beach was shut out by Brevard County. The 6-foot-5 southpaw allowed one earned run on six hits and, for a second straight start, struck out eight batters. Overall, Gomber has pitched to a 2.87 ERA in 16 starts, while his 92 strikeouts rank second in the Florida State League.
Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero.