Around the Minors: Tampa Bay Rays Prospect Jake Odorizzi Shines In Playoff Victory


Aug 29, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher

Jake Odorizzi

(23) throws a pitch during the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Jake Odorizzi threw seven scoreless, one-hit innings while striking out eight as the Durham Bulls beat the Indianapolis Indians 2-0. One of the prospects the Tampa Bay Rays picked up in the James Shields trade, Odorizzi is a good bet to be called up at some point this month. He made five appearances, four starts, for Tampa earlier this year, posting a 5.09 ERA. Tim Beckham went 3-for-4 and broke a scoreless tie with an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth.

> Carlos Correa was 3-for-4 and scored a run in the Quad Cities River Bandits’ 2-1 win over the Cedar Rapids Kernals. The Houston Astros No. 1 pick of the 2012 draft hit .320/.405/.467 in his first full season of pro ball.

> Kris Bryant went 3-for-3 with a double a two RBIs in the Daytona Cubs’ 4-0 win over the Dunedin Blue Jays. Selected second overall in this June’s draft, the Chicago Cubs third base prospect shined in 36 minor league games this season, hitting .336/.390/.688 with nine homers. C.J. Edwards, who was acquired by the Cubs in the Matt Garza trade, pitched five no-hit innings and tallied eight strikeouts.

> Noah Syndergaard struck out eight over six innings while issuing just one walk in the Binghamton Mets’ 6-5 loss to the Trenton Thunder.‘s No. 12 prospect, Syndergaard averaged 11.5 K/9 in Doule-A this season.

Matt Long hit a walk-off home run to give the Salt Lake Bees a 4-3 victory over the Las Vegas 51s. Long was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels in the 30th round of the 2009 draft, but has been a pleasant surprise at the plate. The 26-year-old hit .293/.371/.471 with 14 home runs and 20 stolen bases between Double-A and Triple-A this season. Drafted as an outfielder, Long has also been getting some reps in at second base the past two years.

Christian Colon went 2-for-4 with a home run and a double in the Omaha Storm Chasers 3-1 victory over the Oklahoma City RedHawks. George Springer was 2-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base in the loss.

Alec Asher struck out seven over seven scoreless innings, but the Myrtle Beach Pelicans lost to the Salem Red Sox 1-0. The 21-year-old Texas Rangers prospect led the Carolina League with 139 strikeouts.

> C.J. Cron blasted two homers as the Arkansas Travelers bested the Tulsa Drillers 8-3.

> Domingo Santana went 2-for-4 with a walk and scored both runs in the Corpus Christi Hooks’ 2-1 win over the San Antonio Missions.

> Taylor Rogers turned in a gem for the Fort Myers Miracle, holding the Charlotte Stone Crabs scoreless for nine innings. The Lefty struck out nine batters had surrendered just three hits and a walk. The game went into extras with no score, but Charlotte pulled out a 2-1 victory.

> Chris Bostick was a triple shy of the cycle, going 4-for-5 with four RBIs to help the Beloit Snappers beat the Clinton LumberKings 9-6.