The Seattle Mariners moved 18-year-old Brazilian pitching prospect Luiz Gohara to Single-A Clinton, Iowa, on Friday, and the results were impressive.
The left-hander was ranked No. 8 in The Olympian’s preseason Top 10, despite having struggled to an 0-6, 8.20 record last season at short-season Everett.
The parent club decided to keep him in extended spring training until this week, where he worked with coaches on his mechanics.
“He’s been throwing well in Arizona,” said Mariners minor league pitching coordinator Terry Clark, who is in Tacoma working with Rainiers pitchers this weekend.
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Gohara made his Clinton debut Friday, in a road game at Cedar Rapids. He pitched five shutout innings, giving up four hits and one walk with one strikeout.
‘OTHER’ SEAGER ON FIRE
Dodgers top prospect Corey Seager had a series to remember in Salt Lake City.
The Oklahoma City shortstop hit his first two Triple-A home runs Monday, backed that up with a four-hit game Tuesday, and topped that with a 6-for-6 performance Thursday.
In the four-game series, he went 13 for 18 with three home runs and 10 RBIs.
Corey became the second family member to homer at Smith’s Ballpark in Salt Lake City. Despite playing in just 24 Triple-A games, current Mariner Kyle Seager went deep in Salt Lake City on July 23, 2011.
Corey is hitting .311 in 26 games for Oklahoma City overall. He has a ways to go to catch Kyle, who pasted the PCL with a .387 average during his brief time in the league.
MATZ NOW THE MAN
Now that Noah Syndergaard is firmly entrenched in the New York Mets’ starting rotation, his former Las Vegas teammate Steven Matz takes over the title of top pitching prospect in the Pacific Coast League.
Matz threw seven shutout innings Tuesday to earn a win against Colorado Springs. That improved his record to 6-2 and dropped his ERA to 1.99. Matz leads the league with 68 strikeouts in 631/3 innings pitched.
The 24-year-old left-hander is in his first Triple-A season. A bit of a late bloomer because of injuries, Matz was the Mets’ second-round draft pick out of Melville High School (East Setauket, New York) in 2009. He had multiple setbacks recovering from Tommy John surgery and did not pitch for three years before finally getting his career started in 2012.
Mike Curto is the radio broadcaster for the Tacoma Rainiers.