Matt Waldron is beginning to settle in with his new organization.
The 24-year-old right-hander struck out five over five solid innings in high Single-A Fort Wayne’s 4-3 win over visiting Cedar Rapids on Friday, extending his run to 23 strikeouts over his last 21 frames.
Waldron (2.93 ERA) has two walks over that stretch but had none while scattering two runs and six hits in his sixth start since arriving in November as the player to be named later in last August’s Mike Clevinger trade.
Waldron was an 18th-round pick out of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2019.
He went 4-0 with a 2.96 ERA, 57 strikeouts and an 0.79 WHIP in 45 2/3 innings split rookie ball and the short-season New York-Penn League the summer after the draft in 2019.
Waldron has allowed one run in each of his last four starts.
Right-hander Felix Minjarez (7.98) allowed a run in two innings in his return to Fort Wayne.
Left-hander Sam Williams (1-0, 0.00) struck out two in the eighth and right-hander Carter Loewen (7.27) saved his fifth game with a scoreless ninth.
Luis Almanzar (.763 OPS) went 2-for-4 with a triple and a run scored and shortstop Justin Lopez (.601 OPS) went 1-for-2 with two walks and a run scored.
Fort Wayne is 13-14.
TRIPLE-A EL PASO (11-13)
- Round Rock 6, Chihuahuas 4: SS Pedro Florimon (.720 OPS) drove in three runs on his second homer and also singled in three plate appearances. RF Brian O’Grady (.941 OPS) went 1-for-4 with his third double. RHP Jesse Scholtens (2-2, 4.07) struck out eight and allowed five runs – four earned – in 5 1/3 innings in the loss.
DOUBLE-A SAN ANTONIO (13-14)
- Springfield 6, Missions 3: RHP Caleb Boushley (3.91) struck out six and allowed a run on six hits and a walk in five innings. RHP Nick Kuzia (0-1, 2.70) allowed two runs in the seventh and LHP Fred Schichtholz (7.30) allowed two runs in the eighth. CF Jose Azocar (.704 OPS) hit his second homer, tripled and sored twice. C Chandler Seagle (.330 OPS) hit his first homer. SS CJ Abrams (.764 OPS) went 0-for-4 with an RBI.
LOW SINGLE-A LAKE ELSINORE (12-16)
- Storm 5, Stockton 4: RHP Levi Thomas (5.14) struck out five over four innings of one-run ball in the start. RHP Ruben Galindo (1-0, 4.05) followed with three runs allowed in four innings for the win and RHP Michell Miliano (3.94) struck out three in a scoreless ninth to record his first save. LF Jack Stronach (.738) doubled in two runs and 3B Sean Guilbe (.812 OPS) went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. 2B Jarryd Dale (.758 OPS) went 3-for-5 with a run scored and 1B Brandon Valenzuela (.704 OPS) and SS Euribiel Angeles (.697 OPS) each had two hits.