David Huff, Columbus
2-0, 0.64 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 14 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 HR, 0 HBP, 0 BB, 14 K
Coming on the heels of Jeanmar Gomez's Pitcher of the Week award last week, David Huff becomes the second straight Indians farmhand to earn this nod. (It's fair to say the starting rotation played a role in Columbus' recent 10-game winning streak.) Huff won two games on the road this week, going seven innings in each of them. Monday at Buffalo, he struck out 10 while holding the Bisons to a run on four hits. Against the Yankees on Sunday, he took a perfect game into the fifth and left the Baby Bombers frustrated by allowing four hits in a scoreless day's work. Huff didn't walk a batter in either start.
Pacific Coast League
Brett Cecil, Las Vegas
1-0, 1.69 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 1 CG, 1 SHO, 16.0 IP, 11 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 4 BB, 16 K
Toronto's Brett Cecil is gradually finding his groove in Triple-A. After getting rocked for eight runs on 10 hits without getting out of the fourth inning last week, he made two strong starts this week. Cecil tossed a shutout against Colorado Springs on Monday, permitting four hits and two free passes while piling up seven strikeouts. His next time out, facing Reno on Saturday, he struck out nine. The Aces got to him for four runs -- three earned -- on seven hits and a pair of walks, so he settled for one win this week.
Brett Jacobson, New Britain
1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 1 CG, 1 SHO, 9 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 1 BB, 8 K
Brett Jacobson, whom the Twins got in the offseason deal that sent J.J. Hardy and Brendan Harris to Baltimore, threw his first career shutout Friday. Facing the Phillies at Reading, the righty gave up two groundball singles in the first inning and another in the fifth, and that amounted to all of the R-Phils' hits. He walked one -- the leadoff hitter in the ninth inning -- and struck out eight. Jacobson started the year in the 'pen, where he's spent all of his four previous professional seasons, and Friday's game was just his seventh start.
Cody Scarpetta, Huntsville
2-0, 1.29 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 14 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 6 BB, 14 K
Brewers prospect Cody Scarpetta gets the nod in the Southern League thanks to a pair of seven-inning performances, both of which resulted in wins for the young righty. Against Jacksonville on June 13, Scarpetta scattered four hits and four walks in a 2-0 Huntsville victory. Five days later, again at home, Scarpetta fanned nine Birmingham Barons while allowing two runs on three hits in a 6-2 Huntsville win. The 6-foot-3 22-year-old from Rockford, Ill., now has his ERA under 4.00 in his first full season at Double-A.
Matt Shoemaker, Arkansas
1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 1 CG, 1 SHO, 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 4 BB, 8 K
The Travelers swept the Tulsa Drillers during a Saturday doubleheader, and Matt Shoemaker no doubt set the tone with his Game 1 two-hit shutout. After giving up a first-inning single and a second-inning double, Shoemaker shut down the Drillers, fanning eight and scattering four walks. The Angels' right-hander struggled at Triple-A Salt Lake in four appearances earlier in the year, but he's 5-1 with a 2.59 ERA and 60 strikeouts compared to 11 walks since coming to the Texas League in May.
Dan Houston, Modesto
1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 1 CG, 1 SHO, 9 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 0 BB, 5 K
On June 10 against San Jose, Dan Houston was yanked with one out to go in what would have been his first pro shutout. In his start against Visalia on Wednesday, he went all the way. The Rockies prospect allowed four hits, but he refused to issue a base-on-balls, and he struck out five. He hasn't surrendered a run in his most recent 24 2/3 innings (since the first inning of his June 3 outing), and his 2.59 ERA is second best in the hitter-friendly Cal League.
T.J. House, Kinston
2-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 1 CG, 1 SHO, 13 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 6 BB, 10 K
Indians prospect T.J. House went to work on Monday, tossing a one-hit shutout in the first game of a doubleheader against visiting Salem. Over the seven innings, he walked four and struck out six, and the only hit was a sixth-inning bunt single. He was dominant again Saturday, allowing five hits and two walks while striking out four over six more scoreless frames against the Hillcats in Lynchburg. House's ERA ballooned up to 5.68 after a pair of ugly outings in late May, but his recent stretch has that number down to 4.04.
Florida State League
Matthew Montgomery, Jupiter
1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 1 CG, 1 SHO, 9 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 0 BB, 6 K
Marlins prospect Matt Montgomery is stretching out. He went seven innings in each of four straight starts, and his next time out made it through the eighth. This week, he went the full nine, and he did it without allowing a run. Going up against Fort Myers on Tuesday, Montgomery struck out five. He gave up five singles, but just two Miracle batters accounted for all of them. He refused to hand out any free passes, and he last walked a hitter May 29, three starts and 24 innings ago.
Drew Hutchison, Lansing
2-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 12 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HBP, 3 BB, 17 K
Blue Jays prospect Drew Hutchison's two shutout appearances this week ran his scoreless frames streak to 27, and he's won five straight starts. He allowed four hits and two walks while striking out seven over six innings to beat South Bend on Tuesday, and he gave up just two hits and a walk while whiffing 10 against Dayton on Sunday. What's more, the second of Hutchison's wins this week, coming on the final day of the Midwest League's first half, clinched a playoff berth for Lansing.
South Atlantic League
Kyle Winters, Greensboro
1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 1 BB, 7 K
Kyle Winters, a Marlins prospect, took a no-hitter into the fifth inning of his Monday start against the West Virginia Power. When Mel Rojas poked a groundball single through the right side with two outs in that inning, Winters responded by retiring seven in a row, striking out the side in his final frame of work. Over seven innings, he allowed just Rojas' hit and one walk, and he fanned seven. Winters' seven wins tie him for the second most in the Sally League, and his 61 strikeouts on the season look just fine next to his 21 walks.