Around the Minors, April 26

Y'all come back real soon, now, hear? - Mitchell Layton

Henry Urrutia is a commy plot to destroy baseballs...

Norfolk 11, Charlotte 4: Jake Arrieta performed adequately. The frustrated Texan hurler allowed three hits and walked none while striking out eight in six innings. Arrieta threw 54 of of his 94 pitches for strikes. In terms of actual prospect activity, L.J. Hoes had a double and a walk. He is now slashing .301/.381/.425 on the year. Despite coming down a bit from his early season tear, Russ Canzler walked four times. Danny Valencia capped off a 3-5 night with an Earl Special.

Bowie 3, Harrisburg 1: Henry Urrutia crushed the first pitch he saw for a 405 foot home run. In his first week in American professional baseball, Urrutia is slashing .364/.440/.682. Tyler Kelly was 2-4 with two doubles. Mike Wright got the start for the Baysox. Wright went six innings striking out six, walking two and allowing one earned run. Clay Schrader followed Wright and pitched two scoreless innings striking out three, but more importantly for Schrader, walking none. Small sample side considered, you still have to like Schrader bringing down his BB/9 thus far to 3.24. Schrader hasn't posted a BB/9 below 5.32 since his the days following his professional debut in 2010.

Frederick 2, Carolina 10: Eduardo Rodriguez was not able to follow up on his fine outing from earlier in the week. The 20 year old Venezuelan was tagged for seven runs in four innings. The defense didn't give him any help (four errors), but Rodriguez also walked five and allowed six hits. Brenden Webb and Glynn Davis were a combined 0-7 with four strikeouts.

Delmarva 10, Greenville 3: Though Josh Hader did not give up an earned run, he was bumping up against 100 pitches in the 5th when he was pulled for Matt Hobgood. Hader struck out four, but also walked five and allowed three hits. Hobgood allowed his first earned runs of the season, but was credited with the win anyways. With a 4-6 night (including a double and a homer), Greg Lorenzo improved his season line to .235/.275/.341. Torsten Boss and Joel Hutter each walked multiple times (3 and 2), though Boss reached base in all five plate appearances and also hit a home run. Christian Walker was 2-4.

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