As the Texas Rangers fight to stay in playoff contention, their pitching prospects at the High-A level are starting to turn heads. Four members of the Hickory Crawdads combined to throw the team's first no-hitter since 2013 on Saturday night, even though it took an extra frame to do so.
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Larson Kindreich, Leury Tejada, Michael Brewer, and Theo McDowell excelled in 10 shutout innings against the Bowling Green Hot Rods. 13 strikeouts were racked up as the 22nd no-hitter in the minor leagues this season was completed. Each pitcher was able to bring something unique to the mound.
Kindreich started the game and regularly utilized his combination of a fastball and changeup. Tejada then followed with dangerous sinkers and sliders. Brewers and McDowell finished things off with hard breaking balls at the end. Pitching coach Jon Goebel knew what was at stake the entire time.
"I was talking to the pitcher. I said, ‘I'm not gonna tiptoe around this like we need to embrace this moment. We're going for a no-hitter.'”- Goebel on his 10th-inning mound visit
This is Goebel's first year on the Crawdads' coaching staff and he had never been a part of a no-hitter prior to his arrival. It's safe to say he enjoyed it, especially considering none of these pitchers started the season at High-A. Each one was called up after shining at the Single-A level earlier in the year.
It'll be interesting to see if any of these young hurlers are able to make a name for themselves in the majors down the road. The Rangers have odds set at +30000 to win the World Series, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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