Chacin unhittable in Triple-A debut
News and notes from Tuesday in the minors
Updated: August 19, 2009, 1:43 PM ETBy Kevin Goldstein | Baseball Prospectus
This is almost a no-hitterJhoulys Chacin, RHP, Rockies (Triple-A Colorado Springs)
Tuesday's stats: 5.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 3 K
The best pitching prospect in the Rockies' system, Chacin made the jump from Double-A to the major leagues in late July, but control troubles (nine walks in 7 2/3 innings) are not the kind of thing to inspire confidence in one's manager during a playoff hunt. He still had control problems in his Triple-A debut, throwing just 38 of 68 pitches for strikes, but at the same time he was unhittable just like in the big leagues, as beyond the walks, even major leaguers went just 3-for-24 against him.
and this is a full oneSimon Castro, RHP, Padres (Low-A Fort Wayne)
Tuesday's stats: 7 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K
While it hasn't been the best of years for the Padres at the big league level, the minor league system has had a wonderful year, as a large number of prospects have taken a big step forward. Add Castro to the list, as the 21-year-old Dominican fired a seven-inning no-hitter, with a hit batter his only flaw on the night. A 6-foot-6 beast who can get up to the mid-90s at times while featuring a rapidly developing slider, Castro's 3.71 ERA might not blow anyone away, but his 142 strikeouts in 123 2/3 innings against just 32 walks is borderline eye-popping.
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