Cards' Flaherty posts zeros in longest start

No. 8 prospect allows three hits in 7 2/3 innings for Springfield

By Sam Dykstra | May 22, 2017 5:50 PM ET

Jack Flaherty had cruised for Double-A Springfield before allowing a season-high three earned runs on nine hits against Tulsa last Wednesday. That rough start caused his ERA to rise to 1.45, and the right-hander spent the next four days figuring out what he could do to bring back the zeros he'd posted in three of his first eight starts.

On Monday, he executed.

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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TinCaps' Tatis highlights Players of the Week

Padres No. 6 prospect batted .462 with seven extra-base hits

By Sam Dykstra | May 22, 2017 2:36 PM ET

Many Minor Leaguers make a habit of checking in with their parents, especially during their first full season, when the daily grind can be most daunting. For Fernando Tatis Jr., he has an 11-year Major League veteran on the other side of the line.

"He watches when he can and goes to the app all the time to see how I did," Tatis said of his namesake, who played for the Rangers, Cardinals, Expos, Orioles and Mets from 1997-2010. "He calls me every day with advice and to see how I'm doing. We're on an everyday basis."

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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Font turns strikeouts into Pitcher of Week nod

Oklahoma City righty racked up 25 K's over 12 innings last week

By Danny Wild | May 22, 2017 2:36 PM ET

Wilmer Font was in "attack mode" last week, and it almost brought his pitching coach to tears.

Font, a 26-year-old right-hander from Venezuela, struck out 15 batters and carried a perfect game into the seventh inning on May 15, a performance that could've been enough to earn Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week on its own. Instead, he sealed the award with 10 more strikeouts over five innings on May 21, allowing four earned runs on seven hits over his 12 frames.

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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Prospect Roundup: Games of May 21

Lopez rolling for Charlotte; Funkhouser fans 10 in Lakeland debut

By Sam Dykstra | May 22, 2017 12:14 PM ET

White Sox RHP Reynaldo Lopez, Triple-A Charlotte: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 85 pitches, 53 strikes -- The No. 4 White Sox prospect saw his ERA dip below 3.00 for the first time this season (2.94) following his fifth straight outing with two earned runs allowed or fewer. Since April 30, he owns a 1.57 ERA with 28 strikeouts and a .184 average-against over 28 1/3 innings. Control woes troubled the 23-year-old right-hander early on this season, but he's issued only four walks over his last three starts (17 innings). With a plus fastball and good curve, Lopez has the tools to pitch in the Majors, as he did last season for the Nationals, but he's showing with each outing that he's more likely to do so in a starting role than a relieving one.

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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Cal notes: Giants' splashiest promo turns 20

Water Awareness Night brings together San Jose community

By Josh Jackson | May 22, 2017 10:12 AM ET

After a certain point, Minor League teams figure out what promotions bring out their fan bases year after year. For the San Jose Giants, there's one you wouldn't necessarily expect.

"Every year, we know we're going to have three really big nights: Opening Day, the Fourth of July and Water Awareness Night," senior vice president of communications and chief marketing officer Juliana Paoli said. "It's one of the biggest nights of our entire year."

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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MiLB becomes official partner of 'PLAY BALL'

MiLB clubs to support key programs such as 'PLAY BALL Weekend'

May 22, 2017 10:12 AM ET

Major League Baseball today announced that Minor League Baseball™ (MiLB™) has become an official partner of the 'PLAY BALL' initiative, the sport's largest collective effort to encourage young people to participate in baseball- or softball-related activities. Through this partnership, MiLB will support the second annual 'PLAY BALL WEEKEND,' including spearheading the effort's official launch with the Oklahoma City Dodgers on June 2, as well as 'PLAY BALL SUMMER' with the U.S. Conference of Mayors in hosting more than 200 youth and community-focused events throughout the United States and Puerto Rico this summer (June-August).  

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Mets' Tebow homers, doubles in power show

Fireflies outfielder boosts his OBP to .319 with extra-base knocks

By Josh Jackson | May 21, 2017 11:32 PM ET

After his roughest week at the plate in pro baseball, Tim Tebow flexed some muscles and tallied three extra-base hits over the weekend.

On Sunday, the former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL quarterback went 2-for-4 with his third homer and sixth double of the season, also collecting a pair of RBIs in Class A Columbia's 6-3 loss to visiting West Virginia.

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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San Jose's Reynolds collects career-high five hits

No. 3 Giants prospect drives in four runs, falls homer short of cycle

By Andrew Battifarano | May 21, 2017 10:45 PM ET

Trying to deal with some bad luck at the plate this month, Bryan Reynolds decided he would keep his approach simple Sunday.

"I didn't hit it where they were standing this time," the No. 3 Giants prospect said. "I've been doing that a lot recently. I tried to make an adjustment and hit it where they aren't standing."

It paid off, Reynolds recorded a career-high five hits and notched four RBIs to lead Class A Advanced San Jose to a 12-8 win over Modesto at John Thurman Field. He finished a homer shy of the cycle and his five knocks tied the Cal League team's single-game record.

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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Zagunis joins murderer's row in Iowa

Cubs No. 6 prospect homers, doubles twice, scores three runs

By Gerard Gilberto | May 21, 2017 10:22 PM ET

Despite losing Ian Happ, the Cubs' second-ranked prospect, to a big league promotion earlier this month, Triple-A Iowa has not been lacking offensive production.

On Sunday, Mark Zagunis, Jeimer Candelario and Victor Caratini all went deep in the I-Cubs' 8-7 loss to Tacoma at Principal Park. Zagunis, Chicago's No. 6 prospect, also doubled twice and scored three runs, finishing 3-for-5 to bump his average to .252.

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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Rays' De Leon heads to Triple-A Bulls

Right-hander posted 2.16 ERA in two rehab starts with Charlotte

By Michael Leboff | May 21, 2017 9:40 PM ET

At long last, Jose De Leon seems set to make his International League debut.

After two successful rehab starts with Class A Advanced Charlotte, Jose De Leon is moving up to Triple-A to join the Durham Bulls' rotation.

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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