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First Pitch: A Great Day of Starting Pitching

First Pitch: A Great Day of Starting Pitching

A.J. Burnett led a day of strong starting pitching across the entire organization. Photo Credit: David Hague.

Wednesday was probably the best day of system-wide starting pitching you could ask for.

First there was A.J. Burnett, who led the pitching staff in throwing a one-hitter. Not just a one-hitter, but a one-hitter against the best team in the division. James Santelli did a great job breaking down the start in this article.

Then there were the starters in the minors, who combined for 24.2 shutout innings. Those starters included top prospect Jameson Taillon, who threw seven shutout innings with six strikeouts. John Eshleman was at the game and has a report on the outing.

Nick Kingham, another top pitching prospect, also had a great outing. Kingham threw six shutout innings with two hits, one walk, and seven strikeouts.

John Kuchno is an interesting arm, and probably profiles more as a power reliever down the line. But he added five shutout innings this time around. K...

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