Pitchers of the Week

For the week ending July 18

Jo-Jo Reyes took a no-hitter into the eighth inning Wednesday. (Kevin Littlefield/MiLB.com)

By Josh Jackson / Special to MLB.com | July 19, 2010 2:13 PM

International League
Jonathan Albaladejo, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre
0-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 G, 2 S, 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
The Yankees' Jonathan Albaladejo grabs his second consecutive International League Pitcher of the Week Award, having begun the week by earning the save in Wednesday's Triple-A All-Star Game, which the IL won, 2-1. Albaladejo, who pitched in 32 games with last year's World Series Championship team, notched a 1-2-3 ninth for his league in that contest. He carried over the exhibition success to his two regular season appearances this week, closing the door with a perfect ninth in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre's 5-4 win against Toledo on Friday and did it again in the Baby Bombers' 4-3 victory against the Mud Hens on Sunday. He hasn't allowed a run or more than two hits in an appearance since June 21, and, coming into the new week, his 31 saves lead all of the Minor Leagues.

Pacific Coast League
Gaby Hernandez, Omaha
1-0, 1.35 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 6.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 11 K
Pitching in Nashville on Thursday night, the O-Royals' Gaby Hernandez piled up 11 strikeout victims in just 6 2/3 innings of work. He struck out two in a row in the second inning, two in a row in the sixth and two in a row in the seventh. The run he gave up came on the back-to-back, two-out doubles that chased him from the game, but Omaha's bullpen held up and Hernandez walked away with his seventh win of the season. His 80 strikeouts this season stack up nicely next to the 36 bases-on-balls he's permitted in 2010.

Eastern League
Jo-Jo Reyes, New Hampshire
1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 8 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
Former Major Leaguer Jo-Jo Reyes put his Triple-A struggles (he was 1-5 with a 5.70 ERA for Gwinnett) behind him and twirled a gem in his first start with his new organization. Acquired by the Blue Jays along with Yunel Escobar in Wednesday's deal for Alex Gonzalez and prospects Tim Collins and Tyler Pastornicky, Reyes took a no-hitter into the eighth in his first Double-A appearance since 2008. With one out, Binghamton's Jonathan Malo got to Reyes for a double to left. The southpaw kept his cool, though, and retired the next two on ground balls before handing the game over to the Fisher Cats' bullpen in the ninth.

Southern League
Chris Cody, Huntsville
1-0, 4.76 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 5 2/3 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 9 K
A two-run homer and a pair of doubles marred Chris Cody's otherwise terrific Saturday night start. The Brewers farmhand amassed nine whiffs over his 5 2/3 innings. He struck out the first two he faced, then struck out the side in the second and also fanned the last two hitters he saw in the ballgame. He issued just one base-on-balls, a leadoff walk in the second inning. Over his last two Southern League appearances, Cody has struck out 17 and walked three in 13 2/3 innings.

Texas League
Tyler Chatwood, Arkansas
1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 1 CG, 1 SHO, 9 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
Tyler Chatwood, whom the Angels took in the second round of the 2008 Draft, tossed what's easily his finest start of the 2010 season this week. Having struggled to a 7.27 ERA over his first four starts since a late-June promotion, Chatwood found his confidence Friday night in Tulsa. He allowed a single in the third, fourth and seventh but was otherwise unhittable in his first professional complete game. Chatwood struck out six while allowing one walk and hitting two batters. The Drillers never made it as far as second base off the 20-year-old righty.

California League
Rob Scahill, Modesto
1-0, 1.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 1 CG, 9 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K
Like many pitchers, Rob Scahill has found the Cal League to be something of a challenge. Opposing hitters are batting .304 off Scahill, a Rockies prospect who's in his first full season as a pro. In Thursday's start, though, he was in almost total control. He scattered six hits and allowed just one run over nine innings against the JetHawks in Lancaster, notching his sixth win of the season. Scahill, who'd never previously gone deeper than seven innings, struck out seven and didn't walk a single batter in the victory.

Carolina League
James Avery, Lynchburg
1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 8 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K
Reds prospect James Avery permitted a single in the first inning and another in the fourth inning of his Friday night start in Myrtle Beach, and he faced just one more than the minimum over eight shutout innings. He struck out six, including two of the final four he faced. Avery doesn't qualify for the Carolina League leaderboard, largely because he spent the first six weeks of the season in extended Spring Training, but his 2.89 ERA is hard to argue with.

Florida State League
Arquimedes Nieto, Palm Beach
1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 8 2/3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K
Seven days after Cardinals prospect Arquimedes Nieto threw seven shutout innings against Bradenton, he reached back into the same bag of tricks against Brevard County on Sunday. This time, Nieto came within one out of recording his first complete-game shutout, but after a double, an error and a walk in the ninth, Palm Beach entrusted the bullpen with the 2-0 lead, which was preserved. Nieto carried a no-hitter into the fifth, and he'd allowed just two hits until the ninth-inning double. He struck out seven and issued two walks.

Midwest League
Tyler Sample, Burlington
1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
Tyler Sample, the Royals' third-round pick in the 2008 Draft, silenced the Dayton Dragons after giving up a first-inning single Saturday. He went seven innings, issuing three walks and striking out five. The Dragons scored five runs off the Bees bullpen in the ninth, but Sample's fine start still netted him a win, as the Bees crossed the plate 13 times over the course of the evening.

South Atlantic League
Andre Rienzo, Kannapolis
1-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 1 CG, 1 SHO, 13 IP, 8 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 15 K
Andre Rienzo turned around his whole season with two starts this week. The 22-year-old native of Brazil lugged an unsightly 7.15 ERA into Monday's start against Augusta, but he struck out 10 and gave up just four hits and a walk over six shutout frames. The White Sox prospect notched a seven-inning shutout in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader against Lakewood, striking out five and walking two while surrendering four hits to post his second win in three starts.

New York-Penn League
Bruno Sanchez, Aberdeen
2-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 12 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 13 K
Bruno Sanchez, who's pitching in his first season in the United States, beat the Auburn Doubledays on Monday and the Lowell Spinners on Sunday, improving to 2-1 in 2010. Sanchez, a Baltimore prospect, tossed six shutout frames in each start, giving up one hit and three walks while striking out six against Auburn and limiting the Spinners to three hits and one walk while striking out seven. Over seven appearances this season, he's tallied 21 strikeouts and walked nine, and he's kept opponents scoreless in all but two of his outings.

Northwest League
Matthew Thomson, Vancouver
0-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 9 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K
Oakland's 12th pick in this year's Draft, Matthew Thomson is on the right track after stuttering in his first three pro appearances, over which he allowed eight runs in four innings. After throwing three scoreless innings on July 8, though, the 22-year-old righty continued to roll this week. He struck out four and allowed a hit and a walk over four innings in a start against the Indians in Spokane on Monday, and, in his longest pro outing yet, he tossed five scoreless innings against Salem-Keizer on Sunday, striking out four more and refusing to issue a walk in that game.

Appalachian League
Eliazer Suero, Princeton
1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K
Dominican-born Rays prospect Eliazer Suero recorded his first Appy League win with his third consecutive scoreless start this week. Pitching against Bristol on Friday night, Suero fanned nine in seven innings of three-hit ball without allowing a walk. Suero's 1.78 ERA is good for sixth in the league, and he's only getting better with each start -- he threw five shutout frames on July 5 and six shutout frames on July 10. His nine strikeouts more than doubled his previous season-high for one game.

Pioneer League
Hiram Burgos, Helena
1-0, 0.60 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 15 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 18 K
Brewers prospect Hiram Burgos, who began the year in the Midwest League, is slated to return there after his two commanding starts this week showed he's too much for Rookie-level ball. Burgos fanned 10 while walking two and allowing three hits over seven merciless innings in Billing on Monday, and he followed that outing with a similar turn against Orem on Sunday. The Owlz managed a run on four hits and a walk, but Burgos struck out eight and kept them guessing for eight solid innings.

Josh Jackson is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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