Jonathan Albaladejo, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre
0-0, 3 S, 0.00 ERA, 4 G, 4 2/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K
Yankees farmhand Jonathan Albaladejo, who pitched in 32 games with last year's World Series Championship team, started the week off with a 1-2-3 ninth inning to finish off the Rochester Red Wings. He gave up one hit and struck out three over 1 2/3 frames against Rochester the next day, posting the first of three consecutive saves. That hit -- a ninth-inning single to D'Angelo Jimenez -- was the only baserunner Albaladejo permitted all week. He entered Saturday's game with two runners on and nobody out in the final inning, and he struck out three in a row to end the game. He begins the new week leading all of the Minor Leagues with 29 saves, and his 1.01 ERA isn't too shabby, either.
Pacific Coast League
Fernando Salas, Memphis
0-0, 0.00 ERA, 3 S, 3 G, 4.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K
Fernando Salas has posted a 1.23 ERA over seven appearances with the Cardinals this season, so the way he's handled Triple-A hitters of late is perhaps unsurprising. Salas has recorded 16 PCL saves in 16 PCL chances, and he grabbed his first two of the week with a pair of perfect appearances, once in Round Rock on Tuesday and the next at home against Nashville on Thursday. In fact, when Salas gave up a single and walked a batter during his two-inning save against the Sounds on Sunday, it was the first time his Redbirds teammates saw him do either since he surrendered a hit on June 1. He hasn't given up a run at the Triple-A level since the Sounds scored twice off him on April 30.
Vance Worley, Reading
1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 1 CG, 1 SHO, 9 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K
Phillies prospect Vance Worley, who's back in the Eastern League after posting a 5.34 ERA there last season, had a good time at Harrisburg's expense Friday night. After a first-inning single by Chris Marrero, Worley shut the Senators down until giving up a leadoff single in the eighth. He got the next three in order, gave up another single to start the ninth, then got a double play and another ground out to finish his gem. Worley struck out seven without issuing a walk, and he outscored Harrisburg all by himself -- the 22-year-old righty smacked a seventh-inning home run over the left-field wall.
Brandon Beachy, Mississippi
1-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 G, 1 GS, 8 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 13 K
In Brandon Beachy's third professional season since signing as a non-drafted free agent out of Indiana Wesleyan, the Braves Minor Leaguer is having his greatest success. Spending most of his time in the bullpen, Beachy boasts a better than four-to-one strikeout-to-walk ratio with just one home run allowed in 63 2/3 innings. Last Monday, he made his fourth start of the season and continued to impress, fanning 11 and walking none in seven shutout innings of the M-Braves' 3-0 win. In a display of his versatility, Beachy came on in relief Friday night and pitched another shutout inning with two strikeouts, picking up a hold.
Christian Friedrich, Tulsa
1-0, 1.29 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 12 K
Facing the Hooks in Corpus Christi on Thursday, Rockies prospect Christian Friedrich had his strikeout pitch working. Starting with three whiffs across the first two frames, Friedrich went on to retire 12 opposing hitters with the K over the course of seven innings. He gave up four hits and a pair of walks in the outing, but after Corpus Christi scored in the second, Friedrich maintained control.
Eric Surkamp, San Jose
1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 14 K
Giants prospect Eric Surkamp struck out two in a row to start his day against the the Stockton Ports on Wednesday, and he fanned five of the first seven batters to step into the box. In the third, he struck out the first two, committed an error and then recovered by striking out the next guy. A leadoff single in the sixth ended his no-hit bid, but he went on to pile up 14 strikeouts over seven shutout innings. The win came in Surkamp's finest start since he tossed a two-hit shutout on May 16.
Brad Peacock, Potomac
1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 1 CG, 1 SHO, 9 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
Brad Peacock shook off an ugly June 30 start to throw his first career shutout Monday, a five-hit, nine-inning game against the Wilmington Blue Rocks. In his previous outing, he gave up three runs on five hits and three walks and couldn't escape the fifth inning. The Nationals prospect looked like a different pitcher this week. He kept his concentration after a leadoff double in the second and worked around another leadoff hit and a walk in the third and then yet another leadoff hit and an error in the fourth. His resilience paid off almost immediately as he plowed through the Wilmington lineup, allowing just one baserunner from the fifth through the ninth.
Florida State League
Austin Hyatt, Clearwater
1-0, 0.75 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 12 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 17 K
Austin Hyatt, a Phillies prospect, allowed one run on five hits over six innings in his first start of the week, ending up without a decision against the Class A Advanced Cubs in Daytona on Monday. Hyatt struck out eight in the outing, allowing three walks. His performance was decent, but he clearly felt he could do better against that team and took a few notes. Facing the Cubbies again on Saturday, this time in Clearwater, the 2009 Draft product fanned two in the first inning, struck out the side in the second and, in the fourth, picked off the first batter he allowed to reach base. He kept Daytona scoreless through his six innings, allowing three hits and striking out nine without issuing a free pass.
Josh Wall, Great Lakes
1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 9 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 K
From June 15 to July 2, Dodgers prospect Josh Wall posted three straight double-digit strikeout starts, whiffing a total of 31 over 20 innings. He didn't blow batters away at nearly such a ferocious rate this week, but the end result was better for his team. Wall, who was picked by the Dodgers in the 2005 Draft and finds himself back in the Midwest League after a couple of tough seasons in the Cal League, tossed a complete-game shutout against Lansing on Wednesday. He struck out six -- his fewest in any start since June 3 -- but he allowed only three hits and three walks over the course of the entire ballgame.
South Atlantic League
Nathan Baker, West Virginia
1-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 14 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 12 K
Nathan Baker, pitching in his first full season, showed his mental toughness this week. He hurled eight no-hit, no-walk innings (perfect except for a second-inning error), against the Hagerstown Suns on Tuesday. After collecting eight strikeouts and having gone deeper into a pro game than he ever had before, Baker wasn't allowed to finish his start, and in the ninth he had to sit by while his no-hit shutout went down the drain -- the Suns scored three times on four hits in the final inning. If the situation frustrated the 22-year-old southpaw, though, he didn't let it show. He gave up just one unearned run on two hits and a pair of walks while striking out four in his next start, which came Sunday.
New York-Penn League
Kevin Decker, State College
1-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 G, 10 1/3 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 K
Kevin Decker, a late-round pick by the Pirates in this year's Draft, is apparently beginning to enjoy life as a pro. After three mediocre starts, he dazzled in two outings this week. Going 5 1/3 innings against Hudson Valley on Tuesday, he refused to permit a run, giving up just two hits and a walk while collecting six strikeouts. On Sunday, he beat the Vermont Lake Monsters, giving up three hits and a walk over five more shutout innings and adding three more whiffs while earning his second pro win.
Deyvi Jimenez, Vancouver
1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
After Ryan Doolittle took the honor last week, fellow Canadians hurler, Deyvi Jimenez, tossed his way to a Pitcher of the Week award this week. Pitching against the Yakima Bears on Friday, Jimenez took a no-hitter into the fourth inning and tossed six shutout frames, limiting the Bears to that lone single and three walks while striking out five. Jimenez's impressive outing earned the Athletics prospect his first win of the season.
Spencer Arroyo, Bristol
1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K
Spencer Arroyo, who was drafted by the Phillies in 2008 and released during Spring Training, hasn't had a problem showing the White Sox they made a good choice by picking him up. He's 2-1 with a 3.43 ERA and 25 strikeouts compared to five walks this season, and he was dominant in his start against Kingsport on Friday. He allowed two singles -- one in the first and one in the sixth -- over six shutout innings, refusing to issue a walk while, for the second start in a row, striking out eight over six innings.
Red Patterson, Ogden
2-0, 0.90 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 10 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 15 K
Red Patterson, whom the Dodgers took in the 29th round of this year's Draft, gave up nine runs over 6 2/3 innings in his first two pro starts, but he buckled down to record two fine starts this week. He scattered four hits and a walk over five innings in Idaho Falls on Monday, striking out eight in the game. Going up against the Chukars again Saturday, he gave up a run on five hits and a walk over five frames, this time collecting seven strikeouts.