Former Crowder pitcher Aaron Ashby seems to be peaking at the right time during his first professional season.
Now dealing for the Single-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Milwaukee), Ashby recorded his second 10-strikeout performance in a row and finished with a career-high 12 strikeouts against the Clinton LumberKings (Seattle).
Ashby took a no-decision despite allowing one earned run on five hits over six innings and he finished with just one walk against his 12 Ks.
Over his last two starts, 12 innings of work, Ashby has 22 strikeouts and three walks.
It would be easy to say that he’s hitting his stride or finding a groove.
Since joining Wisconsin, Ashby’s 1-1 with a 2.23 ERA in six starts and he’s struck out 42 and walked nine over 32 1/3 innings.
With rookie ball Helena, Ashby was 1-2 with a 6.20 ERA and 19 strikeouts and eight walks over 20 1/3 innings.
Ashby stands at 2-3 with a 3.76 ERA and 61 strikeouts and 17 walks over 52 2/3 innings this season.
The Brewers picked Ashby with the 125th overall pick (fourth round) in June.
— Like his former teammate at Crowder, pitcher Kyle Wilson has it rolling at the right time for the Single-A Short Season Brooklyn Cyclones (New York Mets).
Wilson earned his fourth consecutive win by allowing three runs on six hits over five innings Saturday against the Connecticut Tigers (Detroit). Wilson struck out five and walked one.
Wilson, who earned New York-Penn League pitcher of the week honors on August 12, stands at 4-3 overall this season with a 3.42 ERA and 56 strikeouts and 13 walks over 50 innings.
The Mets picked Wilson in the 35th round in 2017, not long after Wilson had competed for Crowder in the JUCO World Series in Grand Junction, Colorado.
— Mike Kickham, who had been pitching for Triple-A New Orleans (Miami) this season, had a rehab assignment for the GCL Marlins on Friday night, his first action of any kind since a July 22 relief outing against the Iowa Cubs.
Kickham faced the GCL Cardinals on Friday and he produced a pair of strikeouts over a hitless inning of work.
During a season in which he’s pitched at three different levels of the Marlins organization, Kickham owns a 1-1 overall record with a 4.14 ERA, one save, and 33 strikeouts and seven walks over 37 innings. He’s been largely in a relief role this season, a departure for the southpaw who entered pro ball in 2010 after being a sixth round selection of San Francisco from Missouri State.
— This season has been the best in the pros for Zach Matson between Single-A Short Season Aberdeen and Single-A Frederick in the Baltimore organization.
On Saturday night, Matson recorded his second save of the season with a scoreless inning of work against the Staten Island Yankees (New York) for Aberdeen.
On the season overall, Matson has a 2-1 record and a 1.93 ERA with two saves and 32 strikeouts and 13 walks over 23 1/3 innings. Hitters are .158 against the southpaw from Fayetteville.
With Aberdeen, Matson is 2-1 with a 2.12 ERA and 27 strikeouts and eight walks over 17 innings. He earned both saves with the IronBirds.
In four outings for Frederick, Matson had a 1.42 ERA and five strikeouts and five walks over 6 1/3 innings.
The Orioles picked Matson in the 24th round in 2016.