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Minor League Ball Gameday, July 4

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Good afternoon prospect watchers, and Happy Independence Day.

***Yesterday's Minor League Ball Gameday thread.

***Watching the Brewers/Nationals game today, I saw a new Most Interesting Man in the World Dos Equis commercial that made a Star Trek reference. According to the commercial, "His morning breath has notes of saffron, with a hint of lilac." As Star Trek fans know, in the Deep Space Nine episode "Trials and Tribbleations," Bashir and O'Brien tease Worf, telling the Klingon that he smells like peat moss "with a hint of lilac."

Apparently the Most Interesting Man in the World is a Klingon!

***San Diego Padres pitching prospect Matt Andriese allowed just one hit over seven innings in his second start for Triple-A Tucson yesterday, walking two, fanning eight, and allowing no runs. Overall he has a 2.25 ERA with a 73/20 K/BB in 88 innings this year between Double-A San Antonio and Tucson, with a 1.82 GO/AO. The third round pick in 2011 out of UC Riverside is sneaking up on us, using his sinker, curveball, and splitter to good effect.

***Texas Rangers outfield prospect Jairo Beras is 1-for-7 with triple, one walk, and one strikeout in his first two games for the Arizona Rookie League Rangers. Signed out of the Dominican in February 2012 for $4,500,000, Beras was suspended until this month for lying about his age: he claimed to be older than he actually was, which enabled the Rangers to circumvent the international bonus pool rules that went into effect last July. The fact that the contract was approved anyway raised a lot of eyebrows with other teams. Beras is a promising power hitter though of course we need to see how this works in pro ball.

***Six more shutout innings yesterday from Los Angeles Dodgers prospect Julio Urias, who now has a 2.78 ERA with a 38/13 K/BB in 32.1 innings for Low-A Great Lakes, at age 16. Pretty freaking amazing, to use a scientific baseball term.

***Today's minor league baseball schedule.

Everyone be safe tonight and enjoy the fireworks.