Nationals prospect Stephen Strasburg, now stationed at Triple-A Syracuse, threw six innings of no-hit ball on Wednesday night against the Triple-A Norfolk Tides. He allowed just one walk and struck out seven batters before reaching his pitch limit of 80. (Well, actually 79).
Not bad. Not bad at all. Strasburg, 21, has now fired 12 scoreless innings and has surrendered only one hit in his two starts at the Triple-A level.
The phenom posted a 1.64 ERA, a 0.86 WHIP and a 27/6 K/BB ratio in five starts for Double-A Harrisburg before earning a promotion to Syracuse last week. There’s no doubt that he’s ready for big league competition, but the Nats will wait until early June to call him up, ensuring that he doesn’t reach Super Two status.
The Orioles have re-signed infielder Pedro Alvarez to a minor league deal, per a report from Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports. The deal guarantees Alvarez $1 million if he makes the 40-man roster and another $2 million in potential performance bonuses. The team has yet to confirm the deal.
This will be Alvarez’s third year with the Orioles. After posting decent numbers in 2016, the 31-year-old was relegated to the minors for the majority of the 2017 season and saw only 14 games at the big league level. He finished the year with an underwhelming .239/.294/.442 batting line and 26 home runs through 595 plate appearances for Triple-A Norfolk.
Alvarez is expected to split his time between first base and DH this spring, and MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli notes that he’s unlikely to experiment with another outfield role. While he isn’t too far removed from his last productive season in the majors, the veteran infielder will function purely as insurance for first baseman Chris Davis and designated hitter Mark Trumbo and will likely begin the season in the minors.