RHP Terrell Young punched out 2 batters in a perfect 9th inning of work to notch his 3rd save, as Billings (CIN) blanked Great Falls (CHW), 2-0. The Mustangs have won 3 games in a row to up their Northern Division-leading record to 7-3. Young has been hitting the high-90s on the gun with the heat, making him a prospect worth watching. The 20-year-old right-hander has K’ed 6 batters in 4 scoreless innings of work in his 4 appearances thus far.
RHP Chris Gruler surrendered 4 runs — 3 earned — and 4 hits in 3 innings pitched to take the ‘L’ in the GCL Reds’ 4-3 road loss to the GCL Red Sox. He would walk 2 batters and strike out 4. Gruler is attempting to overcome serious shoulder problems. It’s one of the toughest things to do for a pitcher. The 22-year-old right-hander has a 5.40 ERA after 2 starts. He’s whiffed 7 batters in 5 innings
3B Juan Francisco drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the 9th inning to give the GCL Reds a 7-6 victory over the GCL Twins on Wednesday. Francisco would go 2-for-5 with 2 doubles, a run scored, and 2 RBIs in the game. The 19-year-old switch-hitter has struggled a bit in the early going, hitting .226 in 7 games. RHP Richie Gardner fanned 4 batters in 2 hitless, scoreless innings of relief for the Reds. Gardner is in the process of recovering from shoulder surgery. He posted a 6.97 ERA in 5 starts with High-A Sarasota, which is one of the biggest reasons why he’s now working in the GCL. He needs to build up his arm strength in a less stressful environment. The 24-year-old right-hander has yielded just one hit and one walk in 5 scoreless frames in his 2 appearances in the GCL.