Buehler notches 10 strikeouts for Drillers

No. 4 Dodgers prospect starts outing with five consecutive K's

By Michael Avallone | June 26, 2017 12:36 AM ET

In an era largely dominated by hitting, Walker Buehler and Foster Griffin delivered a classic pitching duel between two of the Minors brightest young hurlers Sunday.

Buehler (1-2) struck out a career-high 10 -- including five consecutive batters -- and allowed two hits over five innings in Double-A Tulsa's 2-1 loss to Northwest Arkansas at ONEOK Field. On the other side, Griffin (5-1) scattered five hits and two walks over six scoreless innings for the Naturals.

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

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Fireflies' Szapucki throws six scoreless frames

Mets No. 4 prospect carries no-hit bid into sixth, strikes out 10

By Andrew Battifarano | June 25, 2017 11:48 PM ET

A rusty Thomas Szapucki failed to finish off hitters in his first three outings after returning from a shoulder injury. The No. 4 Mets prospect had no such trouble in his fourth start. 

Szapucki tossed six scoreless innings with a season-high 10 strikeouts, but Class A Columbia fell to Kannapolis, 2-1, on Sunday at Spirit Communications Park. The left-hander, who carried a no-hit bid into the sixth, allowed two hits and two walks while reducing his season ERA to 2.82.

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

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Adams collect four hits for Canadians

Blue Jays' Draft pick homers in third Minor League game

By Gerard Gilberto | June 25, 2017 11:01 PM ET

Although recording a four-hit game just three days into his professional career is impressive enough, Riley Adams was one relay throw away from recording his first cycle before taking his first bus trip to a road game.

The Blue Jays' third-round pick in this year's Draft went 4-for-4 and drove in three runs as Class A Short Season Vancouver defeated Spokane, 8-3, on Sunday at Nat Bailey Stadium. Adams' effort included first professional homer and two doubles while getting the start behind the plate for the first time since being drafted.

Gerard Gilberto is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow and interact with him on Twitter, @GerardGilberto4. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Lessons learned helping Nuts' Bannister

M's prospect yields one hit, fans eight in seven shutout innings

By Michael Avallone | June 25, 2017 10:25 PM ET

If his first three months as a professional has taught Nathan Bannister anything, it's that establishing a routine is almost as important as succeeding on the diamond.

Little by little, he's doing both.

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

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Cubs' Cease tosses four hitless frames

MLB.com's No. 65 overall prospect fans five, lowers ERA to 2.76

By Michael Leboff | June 25, 2017 10:25 PM ET

Dylan Cease is doing his best to make the most of his limited time. 

The Cubs' No. 3 prospect hurled four hitless innings and struck out five in Class A South Bend's 2-1 loss against Great Lakes on Sunday.

Michael Leboff 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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SeaWolves' Stewart blasts off twice

Tigers prospect records third two-homer game of season

By Michael Leboff | June 25, 2017 9:36 PM ET

Scott Kingery has company atop the Eastern League home run leaderboard. 

Christin Stewart recorded his third two-homer game of the season on Sunday, but Double-A Erie dropped a 5-3 decision to Bowie in the opener of a doubleheader at UPMC Park. The Tigers' No. 2 prospect has 18 long balls, tying Kingery for tops in the league and fourth in the Minors.

Michael Leboff 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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Walker plates five more runs for Aces

D-backs No. 30 prospect collects three hits in second straight

By Gerard Gilberto | June 25, 2017 9:24 PM ET

In order to become the Pacific Coast League leader in RBIs and the circuit's co-leader in home runs, Christian Walker learned to stay out of his own way.

Arizona's No. 30 prospect recorded his second consecutive three-hit game to power the Aces to a 9-0 thrashing of the Rainiers at Greater Nevada Field. Walker homered and doubled twice, driving in five runs to bring his 2017 total to 76.

Gerard Gilberto is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow and interact with him on Twitter, @GerardGilberto4. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Widener, Tampa take no-hitter into ninth

Yankees No. 27 prospect strikes out seven over five innings

By Josh Jackson | June 25, 2017 9:10 PM ET

In some ways, Sunday's start was just like any other for Taylor Widener

"It was just, take it one step a time," the Yankees' No. 27 prospect said. "You just go out there and compete every day and, hopefully, it works out for you."

In this one, the 22-year-old right-hander struck out seven over five hitless innings to set the tone for Class A Advanced Tampa, which took the no-no into the ninth before blanking Dunedin, 6-0, at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

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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Suns' Johnson touches 'em all twice

Nationals No. 26 prospect slugs Class A-best 15th, 16th homers

By Michael Leboff | June 25, 2017 8:30 PM ET

At this point of the season, it'd be unfair to say anyone is surprised with the power that Daniel Johnson continues to display.

The Nationals' No. 26 prospect belted his Class A-leading 15th and 16th homers and drove in three runs to power Class A Hagerstown to an 8-3 victory over Greensboro at Municipal Stadium.

Michael Leboff 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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Ice powers Captains' romp with seven RBIs

Indians No. 21 prospect records first career two-homer game

By Tyler Maun | June 25, 2017 8:03 PM ET

Logan Ice's top priority in any start behind the plate is to help his pitching staff produce a win. On Sunday afternoon, he assisted Class A Lake County with a career day in the batter's box.

The Indians' No. 21 prospect went yard from both sides of the plate and drove in a career-best seven runs in his first multi-homer game as a professional as the Captains thumped Dayton, 15-6, at Fifth Third Field.

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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