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Chacin unhittable in Triple-A debut

News and notes from Tuesday in the minors

Updated: August 19, 2009, 1:43 PM ET
By Kevin Goldstein | Baseball Prospectus

This is almost a no-hitter …

Jhoulys Chacin, RHP, Rockies (Triple-A Colorado Springs)
Tuesday's stats: 5.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 3 K
The best pitching prospect in the Rockies' system, Chacin made the jump from Double-A to the major leagues in late July, but control troubles (nine walks in 7 2/3 innings) are not the kind of thing to inspire confidence in one's manager during a playoff hunt. He still had control problems in his Triple-A debut, throwing just 38 of 68 pitches for strikes, but at the same time he was unhittable … just like in the big leagues, as beyond the walks, even major leaguers went just 3-for-24 against him.

… and this is a full one

Simon Castro, RHP, Padres (Low-A Fort Wayne)
Tuesday's stats: 7 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K
While it hasn't been the best of years for the Padres at the big league level, the minor league system has had a wonderful year, as a large number of prospects have taken a big step forward. Add Castro to the list, as the 21-year-old Dominican fired a seven-inning no-hitter, with a hit batter his only flaw on the night. A 6-foot-6 beast who can get up to the mid-90s at times while featuring a rapidly developing slider, Castro's 3.71 ERA might not blow anyone away, but his 142 strikeouts in 123 2/3 innings against just 32 walks is borderline eye-popping.

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