Pitchers of the Week05/20/2013 1:00 PM ET
By John Parker / MLB.com
Here's a look at the top pitching performers in each league for the week ending May 19:
Alex Colome, Durham
(2-0, 2.08 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 13 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 HR, 2 HBP, 4 BB, 19 K)
Despite a solid 3.13 ERA, Colome began the week having lost five consecutive starts. Two strong outings later, the 24-year-old right-hander leads the IL in strikeouts (59) and ranks eighth with a 2.84 ERA. Colome went a season-high seven frames against Lehigh Valley on Monday, allowing one earned run on three hits while fanning 11. The Rays' No. 11 prospect was hit around a little more Saturday night, giving up seven hits but just two runs (on a pair of solo homers) while striking out eight more batters in a win over Norfolk.
Colome strikes out Robinson to start the game
Pacific Coast League
Bruce Billings, Sacramento
(2-0, 0.69 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 13 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 HR, 0 HBP, 3 BB, 16 K)
Billings began the week with a 7.20 ERA after being ripped for five runs on five hits and four walks over 4 2/3 innings in his last start. The 27-year-old bounced back with two great outings last week: a six-inning performance at Nashville on Monday followed by seven shutout frames against visiting Oklahoma City on Saturday night. After a very rough start to the season -- he had a 16.43 ERA after four games -- Billings has won four of his last five decisions.
Marcus Walden, New Hampshire
(1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 7 2/3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 2 BB, 6 K)
Walden has given up his share of hits this season -- Eastern League hitters are batting .310 against him -- and he doesn't record many strikeouts, with just 23 in 45 2/3 innings. He reversed form nicely Tuesday, however, fanning a season-high six over 7 2/3 two-hit frames in New Hampshire's 3-0 win over Portland. The 24-year-old right-hander, who has allowed one home run this season, induced 13 ground-ball outs, three popups and one fly-ball out while lowering his ERA to 2.96.
Archie Bradley, Mobile
(2-0, 0.75 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 12 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 HR, 1 HBP, 5 BB, 14 K)
Bradley's performance this season isn't exactly a surprise -- he's MLB.com's No. 24 prospect -- but the sheer extent of his dominance has been impressive. The 20-year-old right-hander overwhelmed the California League in April, going 2-0 with a 1.26 ERA and 43 strikeouts over 28 2/3 innings in five starts. If anything, he's been better since making the jump to Double-A. Bradley allowed one run on four hits to win his Southern League debut May 2 and has given up just one more run in 14 innings since. The seventh overall pick in 2011, Bradley tossed six scoreless frames against Jacksonville on Monday, then improved to 5-0 on the season with a win at Pensacola on Saturday night. He ranks second in the Minor Leagues with 68 strikeouts and sixth with an overall 1.11 ERA, though his Southern League mark is just 0.90.
Matt Oye, Arkansas
(1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 1 BB, 6 K)
The road has been unkind to Oye this season -- he has a 7.66 ERA in away games and a 1.00 mark at Arkansas' Dickey-Stephens Park. The 26-year-old righty felt right at home against rival Northwest Arkansas on Thursday, allowing two hits over seven shutout frames versus the team that had ripped him for eight earned runs 11 days previously. Oye fanned a season-high six to improve to 4-2 on the season.
Jon Moscot, Bakersfield
(1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 G, 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 1 BB, 9 K)
A fourth-round pick out of Pepperdine last June, Moscot was 0-8 in his first 20 outings (19 starts) in the Reds organization and 0-6 for the Blaze. His 21st outing was nearly perfect on Friday as the 21-year-old allowed one hit and one walk while striking out a career-high nine batters over six innings in the Blaze's 1-0 win at Stockton. Bakersfield scored the game's lone run in the first, and Moscot and a pair of relievers were able to make it stand up in the right-hander's first career victory.
Cody Anderson, Carolina
(1-1, 0.73 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 12 1/3 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 HR, 1 HBP, 2 BB, 16 K)
Anderson was a hard-luck loser against Salem on Tuesday, taking his second defeat of the season after allowing one run (and striking out nine) over six innings, but bounced back to earn his fifth victory Sunday at Lynchburg. The 22-year-old right-hander kept the Hillcats off the board for a season-high 6 1/3 innings in the Mudcats' 6-2 win. Anderson became the first Carolina League hurler to five wins and lowered his ERA to 2.41, fourth-best on the circuit.
Florida State League
Austin Bibens-Dirkx, Dunedin
(1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 1 BB, 10 K)
It may seem a little unfair to have the 28-year-old Bibens-Dirkx, a veteran of 74 Triple-A outings, appearing in the Class A Advanced Florida State League, but even rehabbing All-Stars don't often put together starts like the Oregon native's on Friday. In his first-ever FSL game, Bibens-Dirkx held visiting Brevard County to one hit and one walk while striking out 10 over seven shutout frames. The right-hander had gone 3-3 with a 2.36 ERA for Double-A Eastern League, to which FSL hitters hope he soon returns.
Jeff Ames, Bowling Green
(1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 1 BB, 5 K)
A quirk of scheduling has made Ames, the Rays' No. 13 prospect, a frequent morning starter on Bowling Green's "Education Day" matinees. The 21-year-old right-hander, a first-round pick in 2011, improved to 4-0 in home day games and 5-0 overall with six shutout innings against Lake County on Monday. Ames allowed two hits and a walk while striking out five in the Hot Rods' 6-1 win and extended his scoreless streak to 17 innings during which he's yielded just six hits.
South Atlantic League
Rainy Lara, Savannah
(0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 8 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 1 BB, 9 K)
Lara is the Sally League honoree for the second time in four weeks for good reason: he's given up only one earned run over 29 1/3 innings in his last four starts. Last week he tossed eight scoreless two-hit frames at Augusta, fanning nine and walking one. The 22-year-old Mets prospect leads the South Atlantic League with a 0.80 WHIP, ranks second with a 1.17 ERA and third with 46 innings pitched. Lara has fanned 47 batters -- third-most in the league -- while walking only five.