Daniel Camarena had three pitches working for him in Monday's series opener for Double-A Trenton, a number that led the southpaw to a couple of new career heights.
The Yankees prospect struck out a career-high 12 batters over eight innings, his longest professional appearance, as the Thunder routed the Akron RubberDucks, 9-2, at Canal Park.
Making his ninth start in the Eastern League, the 2011 20th-round pick frustrated Akron hitters from the start. The only blip on the Camarena's night came when he allowed back-to-back doubles to Alex Lavisky and Bryson Miles for Akron's only run against him.
Utilizing an effective mix of his fastball, curveball and changeup, Camarena (2-6) worked around the zone throughout his night, throwing 74 of his 99 pitches for strikes. The 21-year-old fanned two batters in four different innings and struck out Akron's cleanup man Anthony Gallas and fifth hitter Bryan LaHair three times apiece.
The dozen K's surpassed Camarena's previous career high of 10, set for Class A Advanced Tampa against Lakeland on June 19.
Camarena retired 19 of the final 20 men he faced, only allowing a single by Myles over his last six innings. He distributed the outs put in play against him evenly, recording four on the ground and four through the air. After dropping his first five decisions since his June promotion to Trenton, the Bonita, California native has won two of his last three starts.
New York's No. 17 prospect Mason Williams mashed a grand slam in the top of a five-run second inning. Gary Sanchez, the Yankees' No. 2 prospect, cranked a three-run shot in the fifth, and Greg Bird followed with a solo blast.
Cody Anderson (4-10) was charged with seven runs on eight hits while walking three and striking out one to take the loss.