Archive for August 18th, 2009

Another No-Hitter

The bats are still tired.

Four Colorado Springs pitchers combined to no-hit Oklahoma City tonight.  The starter was one of Eric’s favorites, Jhoulys Chacin, a fixture on the Z-Meter before his promotion to the majors late last month.  He appeared in five games with the Rockies before being sent back to Triple-A when the team called up Adam Eaton.

Tuesday’s start was his first since returning to the minors and his first at the Triple-A level.  He started off on the right foot, pitching into the sixth, walking three, and striking out three.

Chacin was relieved by Joel Peralta (0.2 innings), who was relieved by Juan Rincon (2.0 innings), who was relieved by Randy Flores (1.0 innings).  None of the relievers allowed a baserunner – 4.1 innings of perfect relief.  And that’s how you build a no-hitter.

(Fun fact that may only interest me: Chacin is 21 years old.  The three pitchers who followed him into this game are 33, 30, and 34, respectively.)

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Simon Castro Is The Real Deal

Simon Castro was San Diego’s 14th ranked prospect prior to the season according to Baseball America, a physically talented 21-year-old pitcher who needed to work on a few things in order to be successful.

Entering tonight’s game against the Dayton Dragons, Castro was 7-6 for the season with a 3.93 ERA and 133 strikeouts in 116 2/3 innings.  He had allowed 107 hits and walked 32 for a WHIP of 1.19, which is significant because his control was mentioned more than once as an area of concern in the 2009 Baseball America Prospect Handbook.

In his last ten games, Castro has been a beast, allowing forty hits and nine walks (1.04 WHIP) while striking out 64 in 47.2 innings.  That’s over twelve strikeouts per nine innings, which is kinda sorta good.  Methinks Mr. Castro is establishing himself as a Top Ten prospect for the Padres next year.

He came close to no-hitters twice in those ten games, pitching five innings of one-hit ball in back-to-back starts on July 23 and 28 (he walked nobody in both starts and struck out eight and nine batters, respectively).  Tonight, he finally finished the job, cutting through the Dayton lineup like they were Little Leaguers: seven innings, no runs, no hits, no walks, nine strikeouts; only one batter reached, a hit batsman with two outs in the second inning.

With those numbers added in, Castro is averaging more than ten strikeouts per nine innings.  His WHIP is down to 1.12.  I think he’s proven himself in Class A.  Get that young man a ticket to San Antonio.