Pitchers of the Week

For the week ending Aug. 29

Matthew Moore's 197 strikeouts lead all of the Minor Leagues. (Scott Jontes/MiLB.com)

By Josh Jackson / Special to MLB.com | August 30, 2010 12:36 PM ET

International League
Todd Redmond, Gwinnett
0-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 12 IP, 9 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 2 BB, 14 K
Todd Redmond, who was drafted by the Pirates in 2004 and traded to the Braves in 2008, coasted through a pair of six-inning shutout outings this week. On Monday, Redmond allowed four hits and walked one while striking out six against the Charlotte Knights. He exited with a 1-0 lead but would settle for a no-decision in the G-Braves' 5-2 victory. Pitching against Norfolk on Saturday, Redmond struck out four of the first seven he faced and didn't allow a hit his first time through the lineup. He gave up five hits in all, walked one and struck out eight, once again leaving the game with a lead and once again ending up without a win to show for his performance.

Pacific Coast League
Brandon Dickson, Memphis
2-0, 2.40 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 15 IP, 15 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 HR, 1 HBP, 3 BB, 17 K
In his first outing of the week, Triple-A All-Star Brandon Dickson started a winning streak for Memphis, and he extended that streak to six games his second time out. On Tuesday, the Cardinals prospect came within one out of his first complete game of the year, scattering nine hits and allowing two walks and a run while striking out eight. Dickson carried a shutout into the ninth, but he finally yielded two runs on three hits before calling it a day. On Sunday, he allowed one run on six hits and a pair of walks over 6 1/3 innings, striking out nine Round Rock hitters in that start.

Eastern League
Michael Cisco, Reading
1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 1 CG, 1 SHO, 9 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HBP, 1 BB, 10 K
Phillies prospect Michael Cisco put together his finest start of the year this week, striking out 10 in a one-hit shutout against the Binghamton Mets on Thursday. The lone hit for the B-Mets was a one-out double in the very first inning, and Cisco issued just one free pass, which also came in the opening frame. In other words, from the third out of the first inning to the third out of the ninth inning, Cisco was perfect, facing 25 and retiring 25 in order.

Southern League
Alexander Torres, Montgomery
2-0, 0.69 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 13 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 HR, 0 HBP, 6 BB, 17 K
Southpaw Alexander Torres has done his part to keep the Biscuits' playoff hopes alive. The 22-year-old Rays prospect limited the Stars to two hits and four walks while striking out seven over six shutout innings in Huntsville on Tuesday. After giving up a leadoff double and seeing the runner move to third on a bunt in the fifth, Torres buckled down and struck out the next two hitters. Going up against West Tenn on Sunday, he allowed one run on four hits (one of which was a solo homer) and walked one while punching out 10, including the last two he faced.

Texas League
John Lamb, Northwest Arkansas
1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 6.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 3 BB, 5 K
John Lamb, a fifth-round pick of the Royals in the 2008 Draft, earned his first Double-A win this week, throwing a gem in his fifth Texas League outing. Lamb, who turned 20 on July 10, twirled 6 1/3 no-hit innings against the Cardinals in Springfield on Thursday, striking out five and walking three before handing the game over to the Naturals bullpen in the seventh. Opening that frame, Lamb fanned Texas League Offensive Player of the Week Andrew Brown for the third time in the game.

California League
Ryan Chaffee, Rancho Cucamonga
2-0, 1.38 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 13 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 HR, 1 HBP, 2 BB, 12 K
Ryan Chaffee, who signed with the Angels after going undrafted last year, allowed a leadoff walk in the second inning against Lake Elsinore on Monday, and the two-run homer that followed accounted for everything the Storm could put together against the 22-year-old righty. He struck out five over six innings, allowing one more hit and walking two to earn his first win since Aug. 6. His next time out, on Saturday, he earned another one. Chaffee threw seven scoreless innings in that game, holding the Lancaster JetHawks to four hits and refusing to walk a batter while striking out seven.

Carolina League
Michael Lee, Salem
0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 1 HBP, 1 BB, 6 K
Red Sox prospect Michael Lee was coming off back-to-back losses, including an ugly eight-runs-over-two-innings outing on Aug. 14, when he took the mound against the Pelicans in Myrtle Beach on Wednesday. Lee turned things around in that start, allowing only a fourth-inning single and a fifth inning walk over six shutout frames. He struck out six during the start, which amounted to a season high for Lee.

Florida State League
Matthew Moore, Charlotte
1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 1 HBP, 1 BB, 10 K
Matthew Moore continued to steamroll Florida State League hitters Thursday, striking out 10 over six scoreless innings to earn his fourth FSL Pitcher of the Week award this season and second this month. Pitching against Jupiter in the first game of a doubleheader, Moore struck out the first two he faced, fanned the side in the second and struck out two more in the third. He gave up three hits over his six frames of the seven-inning game and exited after the Stone Crabs took a three-run lead in the bottom of the sixth. Despite his dominance, Moore's outing earned him just his fifth win of the year. Moore's 197 strikeouts, which he's amassed in fewer than 140 innings, compare quite nicely to his 61 walks, and the whiff total is 14 more than his closest competition in the Minors, 11 more than anybody in the National League has.

Midwest League
Jake Odorizzi, Wisconsin
1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 8 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 1 HBP, 1 BB, 10 K
Former first-rounder Jake Odorizzi unfurled eight no-hit innings against Cedar Rapids on Tuesday. This dazzling performance came on the heels of an outing that saw that Kernels get to him for six runs over 4 1/3 innings on Aug. 16. Odorizzi's revenge was total, as he sent 10 Cedar Rapids back to the pine on strikes Tuesday. He walked one -- the leadoff batter in the eighth -- but responded by getting the next batter to fly out and striking out the next two. Odorizzi has held Midwest hitters to a .213 batting average, which is second best in the circuit.

South Atlantic League
Armando Rodriguez, Savannah
1-0, 0.82 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 11 IP, 9 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 2 BB, 21 K
Mets prospect Armando Rodriguez struck out 12 without walking a batter over six innings against the Asheville Tourists on Monday, allowing a run on eight hits. On Saturday, Rodriguez, who's pitching in his first full pro season, picked up his first win of the month by dealing five shutout innings against Charleston. He permitted the RiverDogs just one hit -- a fourth-inning single -- and struck out the side in the second en route to notching nine K's over the course of the evening.

New York-Penn League
Chris Hilliard, Brooklyn
1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 8 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 1 BB, 4 K
Chris Hilliard, whom the Mets grabbed in the 32nd round of the 2008 Draft, threw the longest outing of his pro career Friday night. He limited Aberdeen to two hits -- a first-inning fly ball that dropped in center field and seventh-inning grounder that got through the left side -- and a walk over eight innings. Hilliard collected four strikeouts in the win, which set the Cyclones up to clinch the McNamara Division title Saturday night.

Northwest League
Matthew Thomson, Vancouver
2-0, 1.38 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 13 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 0 BB, 14 K
Matthew Thomson, who struck out 10 over five shutout innings in a spot start in the Cal League on Aug. 19, baffled his opponents over two starts in his return to the Canadians this week. Pitching against the Boise Hawks on Tuesday, he struck out the first two batters he faced and punched out 11 without issuing a free pass over seven innings, giving up a run on four hits. On Sunday, he picked up his third win in three Northwest League starts, beating Salem-Keizer with five innings of one-run ball. Once more, Thomson refused to allow a walk over the course of his outing, and he's surrendered a total of just six walks over his last 10 appearances, counting his start with Class A Advanced Stockton.

Appalachian League
Angel De Jesus, Johnson City
1-0, 0.90 ERA, 2 G, 1 GS, 10 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 HR, 1 HBP, 3 BB, 12 K
Angel De Jesus bore bad news for Appy League hitters this week, as the Cardinals prospect fanned three over three no-hit innings in his first appearance and struck out nine more over seven innings in his second. He entered Monday's game in the sixth and kept Bristol frustrated until he handed the ball over in the ninth, allowing two walks in the appearance. After a leadoff double came home on an error in the first inning in his Saturday start, De Jesus kept his composure. He allowed just three more hits, one of which was a fourth-inning solo home run. Following that roundtripper, De Jesus struck out three in a row, and he picked up his third Appy League win.

Pioneer League
Stalin Gerson, Billings
1-0, 1.50 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 HR, 0 HBP, 0 BB, 9 K
Stalin Gerson gave up four runs and didn't get past the sixth inning in either of his two previous outings, but everything was working for him against Orem on Saturday, two days after he turned 22. The Reds prospect, who's pitching in his first year in the States (after a pair of seasons in the Dominican Summer League), struck out the side in the second and the fifth, piling up nine whiffs in the game. He limited the Owlz to two hits, one of which was a solo homer that produced the only run Gerson surrendered over six 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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