Ziomek, Turnbull among top performers in Minors
Tigers' Nos. 4 and 7 prospects combine to throw 13 1/3 shutout innings in pair of wins
Tigers No. 4 prospect Kevin Ziomeck was dominant in Wednesday night's 2-0 win for Class A Advanced Lakeland, and headlined an outstanding night for the Detroit farm system.
Ziomek, a 23-year-old southpaw, gave up three hits while striking out eight in eight shutout innings. The former second-round draft pick won his second start in a row, and now stands at 4-3 with a 3.46 ERA on the year.
Tigers No. 7 prospect Spencer Turnbull (3-1, 3.03 ERA) turned in an impressive performance for Class A West Michigan. The righty surrendered seven hits in 5 1/3 innings, but didn't allow anyone to score in the Whitecaps' 10-2 win over Bowling Green.
No. 23 prospect Joey Pankake helped provide the offense for West Michigan, going 2-for-3 with his first home run of the season. He also scored two runs and notched two RBIs. Pankake is now hitting .243/.347/.330 with 14 RBIs.
More standout performances from Top 100 prospects on Wednesday
• Reds No. 1 prospect (No. 24 overall) Robert Stephenson notched his first start this season without surrendering any earned runs. The Double-A Pensacola hurler gave up two hits and an unearned run in five innings of work, while striking out four. He nabbed his first win of the year, and is now 1-4 with a 5.65 ERA.
• Twins No. 4 prospect (No. 32 overall) Jose Berrios recorded his first career complete-game shutout for Double-A Chattanooga. The 20-year-old righty gave up just two hits in nine innings of work, during which he struck out eight batters. Berrios has still not given up more than three earned runs in any of his starts this year, and improved to 4-1 with a 2.60 ERA. His K/BB currently stands at 53-to-15, and he leads the Minors in strikeouts.
• Rockies No. 3 prospect (No. 58 overall) David Dahl hit his first home run since April 13, going 2-for-5 with two RBIs for Double-A New Britain. The center fielder also is in the midst of a 10-game hitting streak, during which he has bumped his line from .212/.256/.294 to .252/.286/.370.
• Astros No. 3 prospect (No. 69 overall) Domingo Santana went 2-for-3 with three walks and three RBIs for Triple-A Fresno, but the left fielder was not even close to being the Grizzlies' most valuable player in a 17-6 win over Albuquerque. That honor belonged to Jon Singleton, a 23-year-old who swatted two home runs and tallied a whopping 10 RBIs on the night.
Other notable performances from around the Minor Leagues
• Rays prospect Buddy Borden tossed a seven-inning no-hitter with some help from his defense, which turned a triple play in Class A Charlotte's 5-0 win over Clearwater. Borden, 23, was originally selected by the Pirates in the seventh round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, and was traded to Tampa Bay in exchange for Sean Rodriguez over the winter. He's gone 4-1 with a 2.54 ERA this season.
• Angels No. 19 prospect Jeremy Rhoades carried a no-hit bid into the eighth inning for Class A Burlington. A historic night was not in the cards, however, as Rhoades allowed three hits and three earned runs in the frame. The effort resulted in his first loss of the season, and his record now stands at 3-1 with a 2.41 ERA.
• Reds No. 13 prospect Kyle Waldrop collected two hits for the fifth consecutive game. The Double-A Pensacola right fielder also swatted a homer Wednesday, and has eight RBIs in his last five games. Waldrop now has four jacks on the season to go along with 22 RBIs.
• Yankees No. 7 prospect Gary Sanchez and No. 8 prospect Eric Jagielo teamed up to provide Double-A Trenton with a dramatic 9-8 victory over Portland. After Jagielo doubled to open the ninth inning, Sanchez tied the game with a two-run homer, and the Thunder ended up scoring one more run in the inning to take a one-run lead. The prospects combined to go 6-for-9 with three RBIs and four runs on the night.
• Twins No. 23 prospect Chih-Wei Hu had his second consecutive blank slate for Class A Fort Myers, and preserved his undefeated 4-0 record while cutting his season ERA from 1.24 to 1.03. The righty -- who gave up four hits in six innings on Wednesady -- has only surrendered two earned runs in his past five starts, which have totaled 30 innings.
• Reds No. 28 prospect Tyler Mahle went eight innings for Class A Dayton, giving up six hits and one earned run. The 20-year-old also struck out six while walking none, the second straight game he's done that. On the season, Mahle is 2-3 with a 3.86 ERA.
• Blue Jays No. 23 prospect Rowdy Tellez went on a rampage for Class A Lansing, going 4-for-5 with three doubles, a homer and three RBIs in the Lugnuts' 6-4 win over South Bend. The first baseman is now hitting .291/.348/.488 with five home runs and 22 RBIs this year.
• Marlins No. 5 prospect Jarlin Garcia has not picked up a win in seven starts this season, but he turned in 5 2/3 innings of shutout ball for Class A Advanced Jupiter on Wednesday. The southpaw had six strikeouts against two walks, and improved his ERA from 3.13 to 2.65..
• Indians No. 27 prospect Nellie Rodriguez hit his second home run in three games for Class A Advanced Lynchburg. The 20-year-old first baseman went 1-for-4 with the solo shot on Wednesday, and now has five dingers to go along with 20 RBIs.
• Reds No. 9 prospect Phillip Ervin homered for the eighth time this year. The Class A Advanced Daytona slugger hit a solo shot in a 1-for-4 night, and now has 20 RBIs this seasonl. Ervin's jack was his first since hitting two on April 28.
• Marlins No. 2 prospect Jose Urena gave up just two earned runs in seven innings, and somehow his ERA went up. The righty had sported a 0.77 number coming into Wednesday's game between Triple-A New Orleans and Oklahoma City, and it now sits at 1.19 after the game. Urena did pick up the win, though, and his record is an unblemished 3-0.
• Athletics No. 3 prospect Matt Chapman was 1-for-18 at Class A Advanced Stockton coming into Wednesday's game, but the third baseman cracked his first extra base hit this year with a two-run homer in the fourth inning. The 22-year-old is currently hitting .091/.200/.427 after returning from a Spring Training knee injury on May 7.
• Brewers No. 8 prospect Kodi Medeiros bounced back from a rough start by matching his career high with eight strikeouts. The Class A Wisconsin southpaw gave up five hits and two runs in five innings of work Wednesday, and now boasts a 35/15 strikeout-to-walk ratio.