Three Phillies minor league pitchers combine for no-hitter at Single-A

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Clearwater Threshers pitchers Drew Anderson, Will Morris, and Victor Arano combined to no-hit the St. Lucie Mets on Sunday in a 4-0 victory, CSN Philly reports. The Threshers are the Phillies’ Single-A affiliate in Florida. The last time the Threshers put together a no-hitter was back in 2007, when Drew Carpenter tossed a seven-inning no-hitter. The last time a Phillies’ minor league affiliate tossed one was on August 10, 2013 when Yacksel Rios, Mark Meadors, and Manny Martinez accomplished the feat.

On Sunday afternoon, Anderson went four innings, walking one, uncorking a wild pitch, and striking out six on 51 pitches. Morris came in and kept the no-hitter going, walking one with four strikeouts on 58 pitches. Arano finished it off with a scoreless ninth, walking one and striking out one on 17 pitches.

Anderson, 22, was drafted by the Phillies in the 21st round of the 2012 draft. He came into Sunday’s action with a 3.38 ERA and a 41/12 K/BB ratio in 37 1/3 innings spanning seven starts.

Morris, 23, was taken in the 24th round of the 2013 draft by the Phillies. He has made two starts with Double-A Reading, but has spent most of his season with Clearwater, compiling a 3.40 ERA and a 25/12 K/BB ratio in 53 innings in six starts and 10 relief appearances.

The Phillies acquired Arano along with infielder Jesmuel Valentin from the Dodgers in the August 2014 trade that sent pitcher Roberto Hernandez to L.A. Arano, 21, entered Sunday with a 2.76 ERA and a 56/13 K/BB ratio in 49 innings across 26 relief appearances this season.

None of the three Phillies pitchers were ranked in the organization’s top-30 by MLB Pipeline.

Brewers have 3 positive COVID tests at alternate site

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.

Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.

The entire camp was placed in quarantine.

“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”

Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.

The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.

“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”