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Minor League Ball Gameday, April 24

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Tony Cingrani
Tony Cingrani
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Good morning prospect watchers. Things are slowly returning to normal around here. My wife is feeling better, the main problem now is that the infection got up into her ears and she's so dizzy that she can't drive or get around very well, but she's still feeling much better than a couple of days ago. Progress, progress.

***Yesterday's minor league ball gameday thread has all the highlights.

***We joked yesterday about the frightening Dellin Betances vs. Dice-K match-up, but check out the results: Matsuzaka: 6.1 innings, eight strikeouts, two walks, three hits, two runs. Betances: seven innings, seven strikeouts, two walks, three hits, one run. Joke's on us.

***St. Louis Cardinals prospect Michael Wacha threw seven strong innings for Triple-A Memphis, allowing three hits, one run, two walks, which six strikeouts. He now has a 1.96 ERA over four starts with a 12/9 K/BB and 14 hits allowed in 23 innings. I'd like to see more whiffs, but he's improved each game.

***Tony Cingrani is really damn good.

***Giants prospect Clayton Blackburn continues to roll along in the California League: five innings, two runs, four strikeouts.


***Today's minor league schedule. There are a whole bunch of day games today that are already underway.

***The Padres have promoted Robbie Erlin to the major leagues, and the Astros have promoted Robbie Grossman to Houston. Erlin will be Prospect of the Day tomorrow, Grossman on Friday.

***Does trading a superstar like Giancarlo Stanton ever work out properly? Fishstripes takes a look at the history of such blockbuster trades.