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10/9 No-hitter in Mesa, AZ

It won’t get the headlines that Roy Halladay’s no-hitter did in the NLDS, but on Saturday at Fitch Park in Mesa, five Cubs Minor League pitchers combined for a no-no against the Angels in an Instructional League game. Aaron Kurcz, Dustin Fitzgerald, Casey Harman, Robinson Lopez and Kevin Rhoderick held the Angels hitless. Trouble is, the Cubs couldn’t muster much either and the game ended in a scoreless tie.

— Carrie Muskat

8/19 Rookie scouting report’s Jonathan Mayo followed the Minor League system, and gave this scouting report on the three pitchers acquired from the Braves for Derrek Lee:

* The best arm in the deal is Robinson Lopez. The 19-year-old
right-hander was signed out of the Dominican Republic in November 2008 and had a
stellar U.S. debut in 2009, going 3-1 with a 1.29 ERA, .229 batting average
against and 42 strikeouts (vs. just 12 walks) in 48 2/3 innings pitched. This
year with Class A Rome in the full-season South Atlantic league, Lopez has gone 3-8
with a 4.37 ERA, striking out 70 and walking 43 in 92 2/3 IP.

He’s fared better
as a reliever (2.61 ERA, .213 BAA, 27 K’s in 20 2/3 IP) than as a starter (4.88
ERA, .248 BAA, 43 K’s in 72 IP), but has the chance to be a starter. He’s got a
plus fastball that sits at 91-94 mph and will touch 96 mph. He’ll show an
occasional above-average curve as well. Young for the league, he got off to a
great start (2.88 ERA in the first half) but got tired in his first taste of
full-season ball.

* Jeffrey Lorick, a 20th-round pick out of the University of
Virginia last year, has been with Lopez on the Rome staff in his first full
season. Pitching mostly in relief (including one two-inning stint up a level),
the southpaw has gone 3-6 with a 2.24 ERA in 27 games, all but four in relief. In 52
1/3 total innings, he’s given up 43 hits (.224 BAA) while striking out 43 and
walking 21. He throws his fastball 88-92 mphwith an average to slightly
above-average curve. He has a changeup, but it’s below average.

His future is as
a reliever – he’s got a 1.87 ERA out of the Rome bullpen – and likely as a lefty
specialist. He’s held left-handed hitters to a .128 batting average in the South
Atlantic League, but he needs to improve his control to succeed at the higher

* Tyrelle Harris, at age 23, is the oldest of the trio. A senior sign out of the University of Tennessee, he’s pitched at three
levels in 2010, almost entirely in relief. He was assigned to the Cubs’ Double-A Tennessee team. With the Braves’ Double-A team, Harris had a
combined 2.90 ERA and six saves with a .210 BAA and 60 K’s in 49 2/3 IP.

not a ton of upside here, but he’s got a fastball in the 90-93 mph range, with a
fringe-average slider and changeup. He seems to be more of a value to provide
depth in an organization, a bullpen arm who could get called up in an

— Carrie Muskat