It’s been over seven weeks since the last time Austin Hansen gave up an earned run.
The mostly-starter made seven more appearances for the Quad Cities River Bandits since giving up that run, and has compiled a scoreless streak of 33.2 innings, which is 8.1 innings short of the Midwest League record.
On Thursday — one day after he was named a Midwest League All-Star — Hansen was promoted to High-A. The Astros prospect is now a pitcher for the Fayetteville Woodpeckers, Houston’s affiliate in the Carolina League.
Good luck to him. Here’s hoping he never gets the chance to extend his active MWL scoreless streak by getting sent back down.
Hansen made seven starts and nine appearances overall for the River Bandits, compiling a 4-1 record, 0.86 ERA, 52 strikeouts and one save in 41.2 innings. Last season — his first as a pro — he posted a 1.76 ERA, 45 strikeouts and two saves in 30.2 innings (14 games/two starts) for the Tri-City ValleyCats in the short-season New York-Penn League.
Incidentally, the MWL record of 42 consecutive scoreless innings was set in 1982 by Clinton Giants hurler Mark Grant, who went on to pitch in parts of eight seasons in the big leagues. Grant went 16-5 with a 2.36 ERA, 243 strikeouts and 60 walks in 27 starts for Clinton. He completed 12 of those starts, four of which were shutouts. He made his major-league debut for the San Francisco Giants two years later.
Bechtold streak at 25 games
Andrew Bechtold of the Cedar Rapids Kernels singled in the 9th inning Thursday to extend his on-base streak to 25 games. That is the longest on-base streak by a Midwest League hitter this season.
The Minnesota Twins farmhand is batting .228 with 15 extra-base hits, 31 walks and 19 RBI in 54 games with the Kernels this season. He also spent the 2018 season with Cedar Rapids, batting .216 with 19 extra-base hits, 51 walks and 34 RBI in 106 games.