Buddy Borden was an unheralded acquisition this winter in the trade of Sean Rodriguez to the Pittsburgh Pirates, but that pitcher just made a name for himself.
Visiting the Phillies' Clearwater Threshers, the 23-year old right hander threw seven no-hit innings for the Port Charlotte Stone Crabs, walking only one player on two occasions.
The game also featured a 6-3-6 triple play between star prospect Willy Adames and first baseman Mike Marjamathat started with a liner caught by the short stop. Adames also committed one fielding error in the game while fielding second base.
Heading into this morning's game, Borden had only one start in seven appearances for the Stone Crabs, but Borden (a former seventh round draft pick out of UNLV from 2013) is reported to have a pitcher's body able to take on a starter's work load, as reported by MLBTR:
At the time of the draft, Baseball America (subscription required) praised his durable, athletic build and a 90-92 mph fastball that could touch 95. However, BA also noted that his secondary pitches were below average, which could point to relief work in the long-term.
Those secondary pitches must be coming along. Borden was not officially traded to the Rays until after the rule-5 draft had been completed.