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Minor league report: Aaron Poreda throws rain-assisted no-hitter

Updated: May 6, 2009, 1:03 PM ET
By Kevin Goldstein | Baseball Prospectus

Whatever, it still goes in the record book

Aaron Poreda, LHP, White Sox (Double-A Birmingham)
Monday's stats: 5 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 5 BB, 8 K
It was a messy five hitless innings for Poreda on Monday, because in addition to issuing five walks, he hit a batter and got up to 85 pitches, with just 46 of them going for strikes. Then the rain came, the rain didn't stop, the game was called and Poreda suddenly had himself a little piece of history. His 16 walks in 27 1/3 innings overall is more than a bit concerning, but at the same time, the Southern League is hitting just .165 against him, and on a pure scouting level, you don't need more than one hand to count the number of lefties who can match his size or velocity.

I know you probably haven't heard of him, but dude can really rake

Chris Pettit, OF, Angels (Triple-A Salt Lake)
Monday's stats: 2-for-3, 2B, 2 RBIs, BB
In 2006, Pettit hit .346 in two-thirds of a season for Cedar Rapids, and scouts weren't dismissing him as a college hitter dominating lower-level talent as much as they were wondering how this adept a hitter could last into the 19th round of the draft. After an injury-plagued 2008, Pettit is healthy and hitting once again, only this time at Triple-A. Monday night's game extended his current hitting streak to 12 games, a streak that includes 10 multihit games as part of a ridiculous 27-for-46 run that has stretched his averages to .438/.477/.638 (average/on-base/slugging) in 22 games for the Bees. His favorite book is "The Science of Hitting" by Ted Williams, and it seems like he's been studying hard.

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