Yankees pitching prospect Jordan Montgomery tossed a career-high seven innings Saturday in a win for Low-A Charleston.
An amazing 57 of his 69 pitches went for strikes. Montgomery has now allowed one run or fewer in each of his last four starts, trimming his ERA from 3.80 to 2.27 during that span. The 22-year-old has put on muscle since college, adding velocity to his low 90s fastball. The South Carolina alum ranks second in the South Atlantic League with 50 strikeouts.
Blue Jays pitching prospect Matt Boyd racked up eight strikeouts Saturday in a win for Double-A New Hampshire.
Boyd is undefeated over his last seven starts, going 4-0 in that span with a 1.29 ERA. The 24-year-old left-hander leads the Eastern League in both ERA (1.05) and strikeouts (56). He also owns the league's third-lowest WHIP (0.84). With nothing left to prove in Double-A, it's only a matter of time before Boyd gets called up to Buffalo.
Brian Dozier hit a pair of home runs and drove in four in Sunday's 8-1 win over the White Sox.
Dozier's been on a tear this month and the hot bat wasn't cooling on Sunday. He hit a solo shot off Jose Quintana in the first, then smashed a three-run bomb off Scott Carroll in the seventh to finish 2-for-5 with four RBI and two runs scored. With the recent stretch of offensive goodness, Dozier's hitting .253/.335/.506 with nine homers, 24 RBI and three steals.
Jose Abreu went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's loss to the Twins.
Abreu hit his solo tater off of Kyle Gibson in the fourth inning. It would be the only run that the White Sox managed to score in the game. The dinger was Abreu's seventh and pushed his RBI total to 23. While he's not hitting at the monstrous level that he was in 2014, he's still posting a rock-solid .282/.349/.474 slash-line.
Mets shortstop prospect Gavin Cecchini went 3-for-5 with two RBI in Saturday for Double-A Binghamton.
Cecchini homered in the first and tied the score in the ninth with an RBI double. The 21-year-old has hit .381 during his five-game hitting streak. He's now ninth in the Eastern League in slugging (.492) and tenth in OPS (.853). The former first-round pick has struck out just 11 times in 122 at-bats this season.