BlueClaws' Suarez fans 10 in latest gem

Lefty hurls 7 2/3 scoreless frames in longest outing since 2014

By Sam Dykstra | May 24, 2017 5:59 PM ET

The Lakewood rotation boasts three of the Phillies' top 30 prospects -- No. 7 Sixto Sanchez, No. 15 Adonis Medina and No. 25 JoJo Romero -- so it shouldn't be much of a surprise that the BlueClaws lead the South Atlantic League in ERA (2.91) and WHIP (1.16). Perhaps the club's most dependable starter, however, has been an unranked arm, and he was back at it again Wednesday.

Ranger Suarez tied a season high with 10 strikeouts and scattered four hits and a walk over 7 2/3 innings to lead Lakewood to a 3-0 win over Greensboro at FirstEnergy Park. The outing was his longest since lasting eight frames in the Venezuelan Summer League on Aug. 2, 2014. The 21-year-old left-hander improved to 3-1 with a 2.01 ERA and 56 strikeouts in eight starts (44 2/3 innings) this season.

Sam Dykstra is a reporter for MiLB.com. Follow and interact with him on Twitter, @SamDykstraMiLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Mets' Humphreys tosses 10-K shutout

Fireflies righty improves to 7-1 after holding RiverDogs to four hits

By Danny Wild | May 24, 2017 5:30 PM ET

Jordan Humphreys' season couldn't be going much better, but on Wednesday, he somehow managed a new trick.

The Mets' No. 29 prospect struck out 10 in the first shutout of his career as Class A Columbia took the opener of its doubleheader with Charleston, 3-0.

Danny Wild is an editor for MiLB.com. Follow his MLBlog column, Minoring in Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Wood Ducks combine on one-hit shutout

Rangers' Davis, Feigl team up to earn doubleheader split

By John Parker | May 24, 2017 5:04 PM ET

MLB Network host Brian Kenny is a proponent of "bullpenning" -- the idea of doing away with the standard starter role and using the full roster of pitchers for a maximum of a few innings per game.

In the Majors, this strategy is generally limited to the postseason. In the Minors, with their frequent doubleheaders -- there were 15 scheduled twin bills in the Minors on Wednesday -- it's a fact of life.

John Parker is an editor for MiLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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TOPPS, MiLB.com partner for Pro Debut insert

Reporter Benjamin Hill's travel adventures featured in 15 cards

May 24, 2017 4:48 PM ET

The Topps Company and MiLB.com, the official site of Minor League Baseball, announced today the release of a first-of-its-kind "Ben's Biz" insert set highlighting the adventurous travels of MiLB.com reporter Benjamin Hill. The 15-card set is part of the Topps® 2017 Pro Debut set, also released today.

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Prospect Roundup: Games of May 23

Chapman hits 10th homer this month; Pivetta shines in 'Pigs return

By Sam Dykstra | May 24, 2017 1:29 PM ET

Athletics 3B Matt Chapman, Triple-A Nashville: 2-for-5, HR, 3B, RBI, 2 R, K -- Oakland's No. 4 prospect went deep for the second straight game and the fifth time in his last eight contests Tuesday. Chapman leads the Minors with 10 homers this month; no one else has more than eight. The 24-year-old's return to Triple-A got off to a rough start when he missed two weeks in April with a wrist injury, but he's caught up now. Chapman is hitting .284/.375/.741 with 15 extra-base hits in 22 games in May, and given his impressive defense at the hot corner, his stock has been soaring these past few weeks. With Trevor Plouffe not exactly exuding confidence (0.2 WAR over 43 games), Chapman could be plying his trade in Oakland before long.

Sam Dykstra is a reporter for MiLB.com. Follow and interact with him on Twitter, @SamDykstraMiLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Toolshed: Candidates clamoring for promotion

Following Torres, other prospects are pushing to move up a level

By Sam Dykstra | May 24, 2017 12:30 PM ET

Prospect followers were struck by some surprising news this past weekend when the Yankees announced they were pushing top prospect Gleyber Torres to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after only 32 games with Double-A Trenton.

Torres headed to the Minors' highest level at just 20 years old -- Ozzie Albies is the only other 20-year-old who calls the International League home -- but no one can say he didn't earn it. Coming off an MVP performance in the Arizona Fall League, MLB.com's No. 2 overall prospect hit .273/.367/.496 with five homers, a triple, 10 doubles and five stolen bases in 32 games in the Eastern League.

Sam Dykstra is a reporter for MiLB.com. Follow and interact with him on Twitter, @SamDykstraMiLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Carolina notes: Dunning shows determination

White Sox No. 10 prospect riding ups and downs in Dash debut

By Damien Sordelett | May 24, 2017 10:23 AM ET

The expression on the face of Dane Dunning doesn't change when he's on the mound.

A shutout inning? He displays a stern look of determination. A couple runs allowed on consecutive hits? The 22-year-old right-hander gives no indication of being rattled.

Damien Sordelett is a contributor to MiLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Missions pile up 24 strikeouts in walk-off win

Padres' Lloyd fans 12; team falls one shy of Texas League mark

By Alex Kraft | May 24, 2017 2:36 AM ET

Double-A San Antonio needs 10 strikeouts to earn fans at Nelson Wolff Stadium a Whataburger breakfast sandwich. On Tuesday, the crowd had its free morning meal by the sixth inning. By the 11th, they could have had another.

Led by starter Kyle Lloyd, the Missions racked up 24 strikeouts -- one shy of the Texas League record -- in a 2-1, 14-inning win over visiting Tulsa.

Alex Kraft is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow and chat with him on Twitter @Alex_Kraft21. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Baker belts two homers in Storm's rout

Infielder hits first dingers of season, plates career-best five runs

By Tyler Maun | May 24, 2017 2:29 AM ET

Chris Baker hadn't taken a full trip around the bases on one of his swings yet in 2017, so on Tuesday night, he did it twice to savor the feeling.

The San Diego infield prospect posted the first multi-homer game of his professional career and drove in a personal-best five runs as Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore drubbed Inland Empire, 13-2, at The Diamond.

Tyler Maun is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @TylerMaun. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Sky Sox complete 'unique' triple play

Infield turns first-and-third jam into inning-ending milestone

By Josh Jackson | May 24, 2017 2:07 AM ET

Some triple plays come together lightning fast, the result of ideal circumstances and physical reactions made without thinking. The one Triple-A Colorado Springs completed on Tuesday night was about something else. 

"I would attribute it to being heads-up," Sky Sox manager Rick Sweet said. "It was rather unique. That's not the way they usually happen."

The Sky Sox recorded the fourth triple play in their 30-year history and first since 2014 in a 7-2 loss to the New Orleans Baby Cakes at Security Service Field. The ball went around the infield, but not in the typical fashion: it was scored 5-4-2-3.

Josh Jackson is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow and interact with him on Twitter, @JoshJacksonMiLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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