Ronald Herrera took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and allowed one hit, struck out six and walked two in Trenton's win over Richmond last Saturday. Herrera set the tone by fanning four of the first six batters. Despite giving up five runs in the ninth, Herrera has a 1.07 ERA despite missing the first month of the season with a shoulder injury. On Thursday, he pitched 62/3 innings, striking out nine, in a 9-0 win over the Yard Goats.
On Monday, shortstop Gleyber Torres, the Yankees' top prospect, slugged his first Triple A homer as part of a 3-for-3 night and matched a season high with four RBI as Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Rochester, 6-3.
Blake Rutherford, the Yankees No. 1 pick in 2016, was named to the South Atlantic League all-star team on Wednesday, But on the same day, he was placed on the seven-day disabled list with a right foot contusion. In his full-season debut, he's batting .280 with one home run, 25 runs scored and nine stolen bases in 47 games.
Rafael Devers was in the midst of a hot streak last weekend. The power-hitting third baseman homered in three straight multihit games, bumping his batting average above .300 for the first time since May 23. During the three-game span, Devers recorded 12 total bases in 13 at-bats, going 7-for-13. He also drove in five of Portland's 13 runs over that stretch. … Michael Chavis, the Red Sox's No. 10 prospect playing for Class A Salem, hit a two-run homer and solo shot the first game of a Sunday doubleheader. It marked the third time this season and the fourth time in his four-year career that he went deep more than once in a game.
Last Saturday, Brian Bogusevic drove in four of Pawtucket's six runs. Bogusevic finished the day 2-for-4 with a double and a triple. Ryan Court added a double and scored two runs. Brian Johnson started for Pawtucket, striking out all five batters he faced before being lifted in the second inning with an apparent injury. … Farmington's Shawn Haviland was placed on the disabled list by Pawtucket with pneumonia.
Yoan Moncada, dealt to the White Sox in the Chris Sale trade and now baseball's No. 1 prospect, has been dealing with a bruised thumb, but he came into the week hitting .331 with six home runs and 10 stolen bases in 34 games.
Dominic Smith, the Mets No. 2 prospect, has batted above .300 in three of the four seasons since he was selected No. 11 overall in 2013. Smith dropped 24 pounds over the offseason headed into 2017 with Triple A Las Vegas. Heading into the weekend, Smith was hitting .321 with seven homers and 39 RBI.
Seth Lugo (Binghamton) and Steven Matz (Las Vegas) continued their rehab assignments last week in preparation for their recall to the majors. Matz threw 90 pitches in his last rehab start last Saturday. On the same day, Lugo pitched seven innings, throwing 94 pitches and 67 strikes.
Jim Weed has voluntarily stepped down from his position as general manager of the Double A Binghamton Rumble Ponies to pursue another career opportunity. Weed was the team's GM since 2010. … The St. Lucie Mets held on for a 1-0 win over the Florida Fire Frogs on Monday, and Jason Dunn, the Mets No. 1 pick in 2016, pitched five innings and scattered five hits without a walk and seven strikeouts. … Pitching in Double A for the first time on Wednesday, Chris Flexen, the Mets' No. 24 prospect, tossed a seven-inning five-hitter, striking out six as Binghamton beat Richmond 3-0 to earn a split of its doubleheader.
Kyle Simon pitched nine innings Sunday but did not factor into the decision, as the Bees won in 11 innings. It tied his longest outing as a Bee; he had a two-hit shutout against the Somerset Patriots on June 18, 2016. … Coming into the weekend, the Bees had won five straight games in extra innings and were 5-2 in extras. … Michael Crouse is third in the Atlantic League with 14 stolen bases. … Conor Bierfeldt reached base in five straight plate appearances last week against Bridgeport. He homered Thursday and Friday.
Cubs President Theo Epstein on former UConn outfielder John Andreoli, currently playing at Triple A Iowa.: "He's getting really close. He's a super-talented player. I was so happy for him, the way he played in the World Baseball Classic where everyone could see what he is doing. We have a deep and talented outfield, but he's next. And if there's an opportunity, we know he can come up and do a great job. He's so athletic, plays so hard, cares so much. He's one of the many talented players in Triple A that just needs a break, a chance to show at the big-league level. There's no doubt he's going to have a very legitimate career in the big leagues."
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