Prospect Erlin helps Padres' affiliate throw no-no

Prospect Erlin helps Padres' affiliate throw no-no

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres might be the only Major League team without a no-hitter in franchise history, but one of their Minor League affiliates got to enjoy a no-no on Tuesday.

The Padres entry in the short-season Arizona League defeated their Giants counterparts, 3-1, as three pitchers combined on a nine-inning no-hitter.

Robbie Erlin, in Arizona on a rehabilitation stint from Double-A San Antonio, Bryan Rodriguez and Uber Paz each threw three no-hit innings.

"All three of them threw the ball pretty darn good," said San Diego vice president of player development and international scouting, Randy Smith. "It was a pretty cool deal."

Erlin, considered the Padres' sixth-best prospect according to MLB.com, is working his way back from a bout of tendinitis in his left elbow. His velocity on Tuesday was up to 92 mph, and he consistently sat at 91 mph.

Erlin has made two appearances in the Arizona League. He could make another appearance Sunday, but the organization may decide to send him out to one of their other affiliates.

"We're pretty happy where he is," Smith said.

As for the other pitchers who combined on the no-hitter, Rodriguez is a 21-year-old right-hander who is 6-foot-5 and approximately 200 pounds. He missed the entire 2011 season after having Tommy John surgery. But his velocity is back, as evidenced by his work Tuesday, as he topped out at 97 mph and sat at 92.

Paz, also a 21-year-old right-hander, doesn't have the upside of Rodriguez. He has a 5.63 ERA in three Minor League stops this season, but he was dynamite on Tuesday.