The Cincinnati Reds right-handed pitching prospects Tyler Mahle threw a perfect game against the Mobile BayBears last night.
Here's what you need to know about the game:
- John ranked Mahle the Reds No. 16 prospect this season. Here's what our own Mr. Sickels had to say about the 22 year old's arsenal.
fastball anywhere from 87 to 94 depending on the day; throws strikes, keeps hitters off-balance with curve, slider, change-up; not overpowering but knows how to pitch; number four or five starter profile but has shown ability to adapt.
- It was the first perfect game in Blue Wahoo history. It was the first nine-inning perfecto in the Double-A Southern League since 1970. That's when Charles Swanson of Montgomery hurled his perfect game against Savannah.
- According to Southern League Neck's Twitter account, Mahle was feeling it right up until the final pitch.
A perfect game for Tyler Mahle tonight. Last pitch was 99 mph. @BlueWahoosBBall win 1-0— Southern League Neck (@sleagueneck) April 23, 2017
- Mahle needed just 88 pitches to get through the perfect game, simply remarkable. More impressive: he landed 77 percent of those pitches for strikes.
- Lost in the shuffle is that the BayBears 25 year old righty Tyler Carpenter was outstanding. He hurled eight innings of 2-hit ball, striking out six and walking just one. He allowed the only run of the game in the second inning.
- Mahle was humble after the game, telling MiLB.com and Baseball America his pitches were far from perfect. He credited his battery-mate Joe Hudson for calling a great game. The same Joe Hudson that drove in the game's lone run, allowing Mahle to avoid a tenth frame on his quest to SL immortality.
- There were no hits by either team after the second inning. Only one more batter would reach base via a Carpenter walk.
- Mahle is now a perfect 4-0 in four starts this season. He's third in the Southern League with a 0.67 ERA, second in WHIP at 0.45 and best in strikeouts, sitting down 27 in 26.2 innings.
- Here's how it ended:
(video via minorleaguebaseball | YouTube)
- Mahle threw seven 1-hit innings back on April 12th. It's safe to say he's in the zone.