Matz K's 12 for Vegas in dominant performance
Mets No. 3 prospect shuts down Reno following his no-hit bid start
It is safe to say that all eyes will be fixed on Mets No. 3 prospect Steven Matz during his next start, and for good reason. He followed up his April 24 gem -- two hits and no runs in seven innings, including 6 2/3 innings of no-hit ball -- with a dominant, 12-strikeout performance on Thursday night in Triple-A Las Vegas' 7-2 win over Reno.
Matz is currently 3-1 with a 1.84 ERA, and he's only given up two earned runs in his past 19 innings.
D-backs No. 8 prospect Robbie Ray drew the unfortunate assignment of pitching against Matz, but he made a game out of it, giving up two earned runs in 5 1/3 innings before Las Vegas blew the doors open against reliever Willy Paredes.
In Arkansas, Double-A Tulsa exploded for a season-high 18 hits and 15 runs with some help from Dodgers No. 1 prospect Corey Seager, who launched a 404-foot homer before getting pulled in the fourth inning and promoted to Triple-A Oklahoma City. The No. 7 overall prospect had seven doubles and 15 RBIs to go along with a .375/.407/.675 line in 20 games for the Drillers.
Dodgers No. 22 prospect Kyle Farmer made his first game with Tulsa a memorable one, as he went 2-for-4 with two RBIs after he was promoted from Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga.
More standout performances from Top 100 Prospects on Thursday
• Top Twins prospects Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano headlined Double-A Chattanooga's 6-4 loss to Jacksonville. Buxton, baseball's No. 1 overall prospect, was 2-for-4 with a triple, walk and two stolen bases. Down three runs in the sixth, Sano started a two-out rally with his fourth home run of the season. He was 1-for-3 with a walk.
Sano's batting average has yet to top .200 this season, while Buxton, the No. 2 pick in the 2012 Draft, now sits at .236 with seven stolen bases, including five in his past four games. Sano, who signed from the Dominican Republic in 2009, checks in at .159 with nine RBIs.
• Rays No. 2 prospect (No. 64 overall) Daniel Robertson had a huge night, but his three doubles only knocked in one run as Double-A Montgomery beat Mississippi, 10-6. Overall, he was 4-for-5 with a walk, and upped his season line to .273/.367/.403.
Other notable performances from around the Minor Leagues
• Twins No. 23 prospect Chih-Wei Hu still has yet to give up more than two earned runs in a start this season after shutting down Class A Advanced Charlotte. The Fort Myers righty allowed four hits and one run in six innings of work, and hurled eight strikeouts for good measure. Hu is now 3-0 with a 1.50 ERA, .167 opponent average, and 0.71 WHIP.
• Astros No. 7 prospect Brett Phillips went 3-for-5 with a two-bagger and a home run in Class A Advanced Lancaster's 3-2 loss to Rancho Cucamonga. The homer was his second in two games, and third in five games. Phillips has four dingers and 13 RBIs this year.
• Cubs No. 6 prospect Gleyber Torres went 4-for-5 with a double and an RBI for Class A South Bend in a 6-3 win over West Michigan. The 18-year-old Venezuelan now is 15-for-28 (.538) over his past eight games, and has a .352/.446/.423 line on the season.
• Astros No. 15 prospect Preston Tucker hit his MiLB-leading ninth home run of year in Triple-A Fresno's 14-3 loss to Tacoma. The blast was his third in four games, and fourth in sixth games. Tucker was 2-for-4 on the night with two RBIs.
• Red Sox No. 28 prospect Steven Wright went seven innings for Triple-A Pawtucket in a 4-0 victory over Syracuse. He surrendered just four hits and zero runs while striking out seven. Wright is now 1-1 with a 4.00 ERA in three starts. Thursday was a big improvement from his recent starts; he gave up at least eight hits and three earned runs in his first two outings.
• D-backs No. 26 prospect Brent Jones tossed six innings of shutout ball for Class A Kane County, but only managed a no-decision. He allowed four hits and struck out two in a 3-2 loss to Burlington. The righty is now 1-2, and cut his ERA from 4.56 to 3.64. Thursday marked the first time Jones kept the opposing team off the board this year.
• Twins No. 9 prospect Eddie Rosario went 3-for-5, with two RBIs in Triple-A Rochester's 8-4 win over Columbus. He's now batting .262 with 11 RBIs on the year.
• Cubs No. 23 prospect Christian Villanueva knocked his second home run of the season for Triple-A Iowa in a 4-2, extra-innings loss to Oklahoma City. The third baseman notched five plate appearances in 13 innings, going 2-for-4 with the solo homer and a walk. Villanueva is now hitting .275/.356/.525 with six RBIs on the season.
• Blue Jays No. 23 prospect Rowdy Tellez got Lugnuts fans excited with a 3-for-4 night that included a 415-foot blast, a double and two RBIs in Class A Lansing's 6-1 win over Lake County. He now has three homers and 13 RBIs this year.
• Cardinals No. 23 prospect Trey Nielsen tossed a two-hitter in 6 2/3 innings for Class A Advanced Palm Beach. He gave up two unearned runs and cut his ERA from 4.30 to 2.95. Thursday marked his first win since opening the year on April 11. Nielsen is now 2-2.
• Padres No. 6 prospect Michael Gettys hit his first home run of the season for Class A Fort Wayne. The 19-year-old went 2-for-5 and raised his average to .306 on the year. He's hitting .341 over the past 10 games.
• Giants No. 17 prospect Adam Duvall notched his sixth home run of year, and second in as many games. The dinger was his lone hit in Triple-A Sacramento's 4-2 win over El Paso. Duvall is now hitting .360, down from a blistering .424 six nights ago.
• Padres No. 22 prospect Ryan Butler dropped his ERA below 1.00 with his second-straight standout performance. The righty only gave up three hits in six innings of shutout work, and guided Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore to a 3-1 win over Inland. Butler's shutout streak currently stands at 13 innings, and his ERA is a mere 0.92 on the year.