Commentary

Evan Anundsen throws a no-hitter

Updated: April 29, 2009, 11:58 AM ET
By Kevin Goldstein | Baseball Prospectus
Nunca, nada, zilch, Anundsen

Evan Anundsen, RHP, Brewers (High-A Brevard County)
Tuesday's stats: 9 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 10 K
Anundsen is not a great prospect by any means. A fourth-round pick out of a Colorado high school in 2006, he went 12-8 with a 4.27 ERA in 2008 in his full-season debut while allowing more than a hit per inning. What he is good at is throwing strikes and keeping the ball on the ground, and he's never been better at it than he was Tuesday. A 10:30 a.m. start might have helped him, but give credit where credit is due. With an 88-91 mph fastball with heavy sink and run combined with a solid-but-unspectacular breaking ball/changeup combination, Anundsen now has a 1.44 ERA in four starts for the Manatees, and many are projecting him as at least a big league reliever and maybe even a solid innings eater as a starter. Whatever the assessments, they are dramatically more positive than they were a year ago.

In the Netherlands, they call it honkball

Greg Halman, OF, Mariners (Double-A West Tenn)
Tuesday's stats: 2-for-5, 2 HR (8), 2 R, 2 RBI
Six days ago, the Dutch native and top prospect in the Mariners' system was batting .138 with 25 strikeouts in 58 at-bats. Now, he's leading the Southern League in home runs and slugging .545. Tuesday's two-homer game was just the continuation of a hot streak that has seen Halman go 8-for-19 with five home runs and 13 RBIs in his past five contests. But even more notable than the two bombs? It was the first time in 19 games this season that Halman did not strike out.

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