Dunedin Blue Jays strike out 24 in Class A game

DUNEDIN, Fla. — Prospects for the lower Class A Dunedin Blue Jays struck out 24 batters in a 1-0 win over the New York Yankees’ Tampa Tarpons in the Florida State League on Saturday night, throwing a combined two hits.

Nick Frasso, a 24-year-old right-hander, struck out eight in three innings. Dahian Santos, a 19-year-old right-hander, struck out 10 in four innings. Braden Scott, a 24-year-old left-hander, struck out six in two innings.

“Tonight, we got to 20 in the eighth inning and I was like, ‘My God, this is crazy,'” Dunedin pitching coach Drew Hayes told MLB.com. “There are really good hitters on the other side, and that makes it even more impressive for our guys. Talk about how disgusting their pitches were.”

Dunedin’s 24 strikeouts on Saturday night were the most in a minor league game since at least 2005. The major league record for strikeouts in a game is 20.

The previous highest total of nine minor league innings since MLB Advanced Media became the official minor league statistician in 2005, was 22 by Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on August 28, 2016 and matched by the Florida Complex League Astros on September 8 and Class A Clearwater on April 23.

Alexander Vargas, Jasson Dominguez and Marcos Cabrera each struck out four times, and Alan Mejia and Connor Cannon each struck out three times. Anthony Garcia and Roberto Chirinos each struck out twice, and Anthony Seigler and Grant Richardson each struck out once.

The only outs that weren’t struck out were Richardson’s fly ball that ended the second, Seigler’s fly ball that ended the fourth and Mejia’s ground ball for the second out in the seventh.

Chirinos singled in the third and Seigler led off the seventh with a hit. Tampa also walked five and one of its batters reached first after being hit by a pitch.

Cameron Eden hit a home run in the fourth inning off Chandler Champlain.

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Dunedin Blue Jays strike out 24 in Class A game