Pitchers of the Week06/10/2013 12:30 PM ET
By John Parker / MLB.com
Here's a look at the top pitching performers in each league for the week ending June 9:
Greg Reynolds, Louisville
(2-0, 0.60 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 15 IP, 12 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 2 BB, 6 K)
Reynolds doesn't have overwhelming stuff -- his 51 strikeouts are 19th-most in the IL -- but he's been among the best pitchers on the circuit this season, owning a 7-0 record and a 2.51 ERA that is third-best in the league. The 6-foot-7 right-hander's two starts last week were typical of his season: 15 innings, 12 hits, one earned run, two wins. Reynolds has allowed more than two runs just once in his last 10 outings and has surrendered three homers and 15 walks in 86 innings all year. Not only does he not break, he's barely bent.
Pacific Coast League
Carlos Torres, Las Vegas
(2-0, 0.50 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 2 CG, 1 SHO, 18 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 2 BB, 15 K)
In a 10-year career spanning 221 Minor League appearances and 44 more in the Majors, Torres had notched exactly two complete games: both were rain-shortened affairs while pitching for Triple-A Charlotte in 2009. He matched that output this week, tossing a pair of nine-inning gems at Fresno on Monday and Tacoma on Sunday. The 30-year-old right-hander pitched a three-hit shutout against the Grizzlies, fanning a season-high 11 batters without issuing a walk, then gave up one run on two hits and two walks against the Rainiers. The veteran has earned the win in each of his last five starts and has allowed three earned runs over his last 31 2/3 frames.
Las Vegas' Torres strikes out Abreu
Drake Britton, Portland
(1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 8 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 1 BB, 8 K)
Coming in to Wednesday's start at Erie, Britton had gone nearly a month since his last victory on May 8. The SeaWolves proved no match for Boston's No. 12 prospect, who took a no-hitter into the seventh en route to an eight-inning, one-hit performance in Portland's 6-0 win. Both the eight innings and eight strikeouts were career marks for the 24-year-old southpaw, who suffered through a 1-13 campaign with Class A Advanced Salem in 2011. That performance is a distant memory after Wednesday's performance, in which Britton retired 19 of the final 20 batters he faced.
Kyle Hendricks, Tennessee
(1-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 1 CG, 1 SHO, 13 IP, 11 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 3 BB, 13 K)
Hendricks notched his first career shutout Monday, scattering seven hits over seven frames in the opening game of a doubleheader to record his fifth win in as many starts. Though the Dartmouth product got a no-decision at Mobile on Saturday, his six one-run innings lowered his ERA to 2.14, third-best in the Southern League. Hendricks has been all but perfect at home this season, allowing one earned run over 33 innings for a 3-0 record and 0.27 ERA in five starts.
Smokies' Hendricks strikes out Proscia
Carlos Pimentel, Frisco
(1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 2 BB, 6 K)
Pimentel earned this award two weeks ago after tossing seven scoreless one-hit frames at Springfield on May 23. The 23-year-old right-hander duplicated that feat at Midland on Saturday night, holding the RockHounds to one single and a pair of walks in Frisco's 5-2 win. Pimentel's overall ERA of 2.96 ranks seventh in the Texas League, but in a mirror image of Tennessee's Hendricks, he's been particularly dominant on the road. The Rangers prospect is 4-1 with a 2.05 mark in eight road appearances and has yielded just 22 hits over 44 frames away from home for a .151 batting average against.
Kramer Sneed, Inland Empire
(2-0, 0.69 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 13 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 1 BB, 11 K)
Though both at the Class A Advanced level, the California League is considered to be one of the very toughest for pitchers while the Florida State League is one of the easiest. Kramer Sneed apparently disagrees. A year after going 0-7 with a 5.37 ERA with Tampa, the 24-year-old left-hander (whom the Angels acquired from the Yankees in the Vernon Wells deal on March 26) is already 6-1 and ranks third in the Cal League with a 2.93 ERA. Sneed notched a pair of victories last week, holding High Desert to two hits over six frames in the 66ers' 3-0 win Sunday.
Christopher Beck, Winston-Salem
(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, 7 K)
A few hours after being named to the Carolina League All-Star team, Beck tossed a five-hit shutout over visiting Wilmington for his fourth win in as many starts. The White Sox's No. 11 prospect, Beck has struck out only 37 batters (while walking 25) in 71 innings but ranks fifth in the league with a 2.79 ERA. Beck's surge has come at just the right time for Winston-Salem, which is tied with Myrtle Beach atop the league's Southern Division with time running out in the first half of the season.
Dash's Beck strikes out Chism
Florida State League
Anthony DeSclafani, Jupiter
(0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 1 BB, 9 K)
Part of the enormous deal that sent Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle and Jose Reyes to Toronto last offseason, DeSclafani recorded 11 wins for Class A Lansing in 2012 despite allowing Midwest League hitters to hit .307 off him. The University of Florida product has proven more dominant in the FSL, posting a 1.67 ERA in 12 starts and a .236 average against while walking just nine batters in 54 innings. DeSclafani, a 23-year-old right-hander, held visiting St. Lucie to two hits while fanning a season-high nine batters over six scoreless innings Sunday and now ranks third in the league in ERA.
Kramer Champlin, Lansing
(1-0, 0.00 ERA, 3 G, 1 GS, 1 CG, 1 SHO, 10 1/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 0 BB, 14 K)
Champlin headed into action Saturday having made just six career starts -- none of them this season -- and had never gone past the fifth inning in any of them. Called upon to start the second game of a doubleheader at West Michigan, the 23-year-old right-hander came one out shy of perfection before yielding a two-out single to the Whitecaps' Devon Travis in the seventh. He bounced back from the loss of the perfecto to finish the game off with his career-high 10th strikeout. Champlin, an Arizona State product, had already made two scoreless appearances earlier in the week and is holding Midwest League hitters to a .193 batting average.
Champlin loses perfect game on single in 7th inning
South Atlantic League
Martin Agosta, Augusta
(1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 2 BB, 10 K)
A second-round pick out of St. Mary's (Calif.) College in 2012, Agosta is showing why he's the Giants' No. 7 prospect. The 22-year-old right-hander matched a career-high with 10 strikeouts over seven scoreless frames against Lexington on Friday night. He ranks second in the Sally League with 81 strikeouts in 61 2/3 innings, seventh with a 2.19 ERA, and after limiting the Legends to two hits, is holding hitters to a .188 average. In his last three starts, Agosta has allowed just two runs on nine hits over 21 innings.