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Nationals right-handed pitching prospect Lucas Giolito struck out six batters in five shutout innings for Low-A Hagerstown on Wednesday night.

Giolito allowed two hits, walked two batters, and induced one doubleplay ball. He was matched up against Orioles pitching prospect Hunter Harvey, who could be his opponent in Battle of the Beltways for years to come. Giolito featured a fastball that sat between 92-94 mph with his 81-84 mph change-up that has great arm-side fade and vertical drop. Giolito has 15 strikeouts through 13 innings, and has allowed only four runs (three earned), nine hits, and four walks. The Nationals will continue to keep Giolito's pitch counts in check as he recovers from Tommy John surgery, so it is doubtful that he will rack up substantial innings in 2014.
Apr 17 - 10:20 AM

Evan Gattis is not in the Braves' starting lineup for Thursday's series-finale against the Phillies.

Gerald Laird is starting behind the plate. Gattis, who's batting .375 with a 1.135 OPS and four home runs in 10 games this season, is simply getting a day of rest.
Apr 17 - 10:09 AM

Orioles pitching prospect Hunter Harvey struck out seven batters while throwing six shutout innings for Low-A Delmarva on Wednesday night.

Harvey allowed one hit and one walk, but hit two batters, throwing 60 of his 103 pitches for strikes as he locked horns with fellow elite pitching prospect Lucas Giolito. Harvey has allowed three runs, eight hits, and four walks while striking out 18 and hitting three batters in 17 innings this season. His fastball sits 92-94 mph, his curveball is 78-81 mph with a hard downward snap, and his changeup is 85 mph with downward sink. The front-line arsenal is there.
Apr 17 - 10:05 AM

Trevor Bauer tossed six shutout innings, scattering five hits and one walk while striking out nine batters on Wednesday night for Triple-A Columbus.

Bauer seems to have finally taken that leap that the Indians wanted to see when they acquired him as part of the Shin-Soo Choo trade. Given that most of the rotation in Cleveland is struggling, the 23-year-old right-hander may not be in Columbus for much longer.
Apr 17 - 9:57 AM

Dodgers pitching prospect Zach Lee threw six shutout innings Wednesday, allowing three hits and two walks while striking out three for Triple-A Albuquerque.

Lee has been solid in Triple-A in 2014, putting up a 1.62 ERA across 16 2/3 innings while allowing 10 hits and four walks. The fact that he has only nine strikeouts (4.9 K/9) for the season is troubling, but his BB/9 is in line with his career, so he may just be inducing weak contact. Lee is not yet on the 40-man roster, so he may not be the first pitcher called up if an extra start is needed, but he's looking like a strong long-term option.
Apr 17 - 9:46 AM

Phillies signed OF Adam Loewen to a minor league contract.

Loewen converted from pitcher to outfielder and showed some promise last year in the Blue Jays' minor league system. He was the No. 4 overall pick in 2002.
Apr 17 - 9:25 AM

Mets outfield prospect Cesar Puello is hitting .261/.306/.304 through 14 games for Triple-A Las Vegas.

Puello was hitting .326/.403/.547 with 21 doubles and 16 homers in 91 games last year at Double-A Binghamton when his season ended due to a PED suspension, so his poor slash line in a great ballpark for hitters (Las Vegas) is troubling. He only has two extra-base hits, both doubles. The extended layoff could be causing his slow return to form.
Apr 17 - 9:18 AM

Coco Crisp drew a walk and stole a base as a pinch-hitter Wednesday night against the Angels.

Crisp was out of the starting lineup for a third straight game because of lingering tightness in his hamstring. The A's are off Thursday, so he should be ready to return to his starting center field role on Friday.
Apr 17 - 8:46 AM
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