Braves prospect Manny Banuelos starred in Saturday's win for Triple-A Gwinnett, holding Toledo to two hits in six scoreless innings.
Banuelos hasn't lost yet this year, starting the season 2-0 with a 3.42 ERA. Saturday's outing included three strikeouts and the same number of walks. His fastball topped out at 94, though he spent most of the night in the 91-92 mph range. Banuelos may never throw as hard as he did before Tommy John surgery but he's still giving Gwinnett meaningful innings. This is his first year in the Braves' system after spending his first eight seasons with the Yankees.
Zach Britton picked up his fifth save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning, closing out the Orioles' 4-2 win against the Rays on Sunday.
Britton issued a leadoff walk to James Loney, but got consecutive strikeouts of Tim Beckham and Asdrubal Cabrera before getting Rene Rivera to ground out to end the game. Britton is 5-for-6 in save chances so far with a 1.69 ERA and a 15/3 K/BB ratio in 10 1/3 innings.
Wei-Yin Chen yielded just two runs over six innings in a no-decision as the Orioles came back to win against the Rays on Sunday.
The lefty gave up a home run to James Loney in the second inning and an RBI single to Logan Forsythe in the fifth, accounting for all of the scoring in the first five innings. Overall, he gave up seven hits and two walks while striking out four. Though he has an impressive 2.83 ERA, five of the 14 runs he has allowed this season are unearned. Chen also sports a 1.15 WHIP with a 20/11 K/BB ratio in 28 2/3 innings. He'll match up with the Yankees in the Bronx in his next start.
Jean Segura left Sunday's game against the Cubs after he was drilled in the helmet by a Pedro Strop pitch.
Segura was shaken up, but was able to walk down to first base afterwards and attempted to convince trainers that he was able to remain in the game. He'll have to go through the regular concussion protocol, but should be able to return to action early in the week.
Padres prospect Colin Rea put on a clinic Saturday for Double-A San Antonio, allowing just one hit over eight scoreless frames.
Rea fanned a career-high 12 hitters en route to his first win of 2015. The 6'5" workhorse has gone at least 6 2/3 innings in each of his five starts. Rea has been missing bats his whole career, holding opponents to a .188 average in 417 minor league innings. His minuscule 0.75 WHIP is good for fourth-best in the Texas League.
Nate Karns shut out the Orioles over five innings but got a no-decision when the Rays' bullpen leaked, leading to a loss on Sunday.
The Orioles only managed to record two hits and a walk while striking out four times against the right-hander. Once Karns was out of the game, the Orioles' offense came alive, scoring four times in the sixth and seventh innings. Karns has a 4.05 ERA, a 1.14 WHIP, and a 29/17 K/BB ratio in 33 1/3 innings. He'll hope for a similar performance but better results his next time out, which will be at home against the Rangers.
Oswaldo Arcia was removed from Sunday's game against the White Sox due to right hip irritation.
It's unclear when he sustained the injury, though it doesn't appear to be a major issue. The Twins should have an update on his status after Sunday's game.
James Loney walked and hit a solo home run in four trips to the plate in a loss to the Orioles on Sunday.
Loney's second-inning solo home run came against Wei-Yin Chen and was the only scoring either side would do through the first four innings. The first baseman, who battled an oblique injury in April, has two home runs, six RBI, and is hitting .286/.342/.514 in 38 plate appearances thus far.