Norris wins battle of top prospects
BRADENTON -- In a showdown Friday between two pitchers ranked on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, left-hander Daniel Norris edged right-hander Tyler Glasnow, helping Class A Advanced Dunedin to a 3-2 victory at Bradenton.
Norris, the Blue Jays' No. 4 prospect and No. 100 overall, began the game with four hitless innings. His no-hit bid ended when Max Moroff doubled to lead off the fifth, but Norris finished the night strong. He struck out six batters in a season-high 6 2/3 innings and allowed one run on four hits and a walk.
Norris is 3-0 this season and leads the Florida State League with a 0.90 ERA. He has struck out 48 batters and walked 11 in 40 innings.
Glasnow, the Pirates' No. 3 prospect and No. 24 overall, also made his longest start of the season. He allowed one run on five hits in six innings. He struck out four batters and walked three.
Both starters were out of the game by the time the game was decided in the ninth. With two outs in the inning, Dunedin left fielder K.C. Hobson singled home second baseman Jorge Flores for what proved to be the winning run. Right-hander Arik Sikula struck out the side in the ninth to close out the victory. He now leads the Minor Leagues with 12 saves this season.