Mendez, Soroka impress with Double-A no-hit bids

Mendez, Soroka impress with Double-A no-hit bids

There were many impressive pitching performances across the Minor Leagues on Friday, but no hurlers dazzled quite like Top 100 prospects Yohander Mendez (No. 49) and Mike Soroka (No. 69) did as they made no-hit bids for their respective Double-A clubs.

Mendez, the Rangers' No. 2 prospect, tossed six no-hit frames for Double-A Frisco before finishing seven scoreless innings of two-hit ball. The 22-year-old lefty issued three walks and struck out five, throwing 64 of his 94 pitches for strikes, as the RoughRiders blanked San Antonio, 3-0.

Mendez improved to 2-2 with the win, his first since his season debut on April 8, and his ERA now sits at 3.12 through 43 1/3 innings after the scoreless performance.

As for Soroka, the Braves' No. 4 prospect allowed just one hit and one walk in 6 2/3 innings after he carried a perfect game into the seventh inning for Double-A Mississippi. The 19-year-old right-hander punched out five and generated another 10 outs on the ground before departing the game with a season-high 89 pitches (54 strikes).

"It was just kind of resetting, last few outings, I wouldn't say I struggled, but sometimes things don't go your way and you just got to keep battling through that," Soroka told MiLB.com. "We just kind of set the game plan and seeing the glove and attack it with my best stuff. Balls were hit to guys and guys made really nice plays today and it was one of those days where everything kind of goes your way."

The Southern League's second-youngest player, Soroka (3-3) owns a 2.84 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP through seven starts for the M-Braves. He's compiled 36 strikeouts against eight walks in 38 innings, all the while holding opposing hitters to a .187 average.

The rest of the best performances from top prospects Friday

No. 40 overall prospect Jorge Mateo (Yankees' No. 4) belted a pair of solo home runs and matched his career high with four hits to help lead Class A Advanced Tampa past Clearwater, 11-9. It was the first career multi-homer game for the 21-year-old shortstop, who finished 4-for-6 with a double. He's hitting .244/.290/.385 through 34 games in his second tour of the Florida State League.

No. 75 overall prospect Derek Fisher (Astros' No. 4) extended his hitting streak to 15 games with his eighth homer of the season for Triple-A Fresno. The No. 75 overall prospect is hitting .394 (26-for-66) with five home runs and 14 RBIs during his streak, which in turn has boosted his season average from .254 to .326.

• Pirates No. 5 prospect Cole Tucker homered from both sides of the plate in a 4-for-6 performance that included a career-high seven RBIs as Class A Advanced Bradenton blew out Palm Beach, 20-2. The home runs were Tucker's first two of the season, and he's now matched the total he posted in each of his previous three years in the Minors. Through 33 games, the 20-year-old shortstop is batting .285/.369/.423 with 12 extra-base hits and a Minor League-leading 24 stolen bases.

• In his seventh start for Double-A Springfield, Cardinals No. 8 prospect Jack Flaherty became the first pitcher in the Minor Leagues to reach six wins (6-0). The 21-year-old righty tossed six innings of two-run ball, allowing six hits and one walk with five strikeouts. He's now given up just three earned runs in 17 innings (three starts) against Arkansas in 2017. Overall, Flaherty leads all Texas League pitchers in ERA (0.99), WHIP (0.79), innings pitched (45 1/3) and strikeouts (45).

• For the second time in three games, Phillies No. 9 prospect Dylan Cozens walked it off for Triple-A Lehigh Valley with a home run -- one of two he hit on Friday in the IronPigs' 12-inning victory. The 22-year-old slugger has now gone deep eight times in 34 games this season after leading the Minors with 40 in 2016.

• Phillies No. 16 prospect Adonis Medina tossed six strong innings, allowing one earned run on three hits, to record his first win for Class A Lakewood. He struck out 10, matching the career-high he established earlier in the season, and walked three, throwing 57 of his 91 pitches for strikes. Overall, the 20-year-old righty has fanned 40 batters over 31 innings (11.6 K/9).

D-backs No. 19 prospect Cody Reed turned in the longest outing of his career to pace Class A Kane County in a shutout of Lansing. The 20-year-old lefty worked eight innings, allowing four hits and one walk with three strikeouts and 12 ground-ball outs. He owns a 1.38 ERA in 32 2/3 innings (six starts), the fourth-best mark among qualified hurlers in the Midwest League.

Indians No. 25 prospect Julian Merryweather punched out a season-high 10 batters en route to his third win in four starts for Double-A Akron. He gave up one unearned run in six innings, allowing two hits and one walk while throwing 64 of his 94 pitches for strikes. The 25-year-old righty has posted a 2.89 ERA with a 0.94 WHIP and 40 strikeouts in 37 1/3 innings (seven starts) this season.

• Brewers No. 25 prospect Jake Gatewood has now recorded a hit in 21 straight games after going 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs for Class A Advanced Carolina. Both of his hits were doubles, giving him a Carolina League-leading 13 for the season, while the multi-hit performance pushed his batting line to .333/.423/.561 through 34 games.

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.