Pitchers of the Week

For the week ending Aug. 19

By Andrew Pentis / Special to MLB.com | August 20, 2012 1:30 PM ET

International League
Collin McHugh, Buffalo
(1-0, 0.71 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 12 2/3 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 4 BB, 10 K) An 18th-round draftee by the New York Mets in 2008, McHugh is making good on his first try at Triple-A. The 24-year-old right-hander finished his week on Saturday by completing seven innings for the first time in 12 International League starts. He did it against the same Pawtucket team -- this time at Fenway Park -- he had limited to a run over 5 2/2 frames just five days earlier. McHugh has fashioned a 3.39 ERA overall for the Bisons, not far off his 2.41 mark earlier this season for the Double-A Binghamton Mets.

Pacific Coast League
Jake Odorizzi, Omaha
(2-0, 0.64 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 14 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 HR, 1 HBP, 4 BB, 6 K)
The Kansas City Royals' fourth-ranked prospect enjoyed his finest moment at Triple-A on Tuesday (seven two-hit, scoreless innings at Las Vegas) then nearly matched it on Sunday (seven innings of one-run ball against Nashville). With two wins, Odorizzi, 22, upped his PCL win total to 10 in 17 appearances. He is 14-4 with a 2.95 ERA overall this year.

Eastern League
Jacob Pettit, Bowie
(1-0, 1.17 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 7 2/3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 HR, 1 HBP, 1 BB, 5 K)
In his first season at Double-A, this three-year veteran appears to be turning a corner. Pettit took his no-hit bid at Trenton into the eighth inning on Saturday, giving up a late solo home run and nothing else. He told MiLB.com afterward that he had the luxury of commanding all four of his pitches, his plus-level changeup included. The lefty now has nine wins against three losses.

Southern League
Jose Lugo, Mississippi
(0-0, 0.75 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 12 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 HR, 1 HBP, 4 BB, 15 K)
It's hard to believe that, as well as Lugo pitched this week, he didn't receive a decision. In pro ball since 2002 and now 28, he enjoyed one of the best outings of his career on Sunday, limiting Huntsville to a single hit over seven scoreless innings. After the southpaw struck out a season-high eight batters, his M-Braves' pitching coach, Mike Alvarez, told MiLB.com about his pupil's funky delivery. Lugo lowered his Double-A ERA to 3.14 after struggling at Triple-A Gwinnett.

Texas League
Nick Tepesch, Frisco
(1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 1 BB, 5 K)
Texas' 14th-round draftee in 2010, Tepesch is already succeeding at Double-A. Thanks to three double plays and his own pickoff maneuver, the 24-year-old righty faced one over the minimum 21 batters in his lone outing this week. In 13 games (11 starts) for the RoughRiders since his June 15 promotion from Class A Advanced Myrtle Beach, he is 6-2 with a 3.57 ERA.

California League
Kelvin Marte, San Jose
(1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 0 BB, 5 K)
Marte is ramping up just as the season is winding down. After beginning the season on the disabled list -- he broke a bone in his hand during Spring Training -- the 24-year-old lefty is more than in the swing of things. At Stockton on Friday, he completed six innings for the first time this year. He was held to three innings or less in five of his first six outings for the Class A Advanced Giants.

Carolina League
Brooks Pounders, Wilmington
(1-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 14 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 1 BB, 12 K)
Pounders, the Royals' trade acquisition last December, had not completed seven innings once before last week. He's now done it twice. Lynchburg was his latest victim on Saturday; he limited the Hillcats to three base knocks while striking out seven. Thanks to both of his sterling performances, the 6-foot-4, 270-pound right-hander shrank his season ERA from 5.43 to 4.35.

Florida State League
Jesse Biddle, Clearwater
(1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 7 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 2 BB, 12 K)
The Philadelphia Phillies' second-ranked prospect enjoyed a near-perfect Friday night against Brevard County. The 20-year-old lefty is now second in FSL starts (24) and strikeouts (137 in 129 2/3 innings). His win total (nine) and ERA (3.26) aren't too shabby either.

Midwest League
Madison Radeke, Lake County
(1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 1 BB, 6 K)
Better late than never for Radeke and his reversal of roles; the switch has also finally reversed his fortune. Since the Cleveland Indians' 35th-round draftee in 2011 moved from the Captains' bullpen, where he compiled a 2.96 ERA in 16 games, to the rotation on July 2, he has struggled. Well, that was before his spotless start on Friday at Dayton. The 22-year-old right-hander evened his season record at 7-7 and has now fanned 103 batters in 98 Midwest League innings.

South Atlantic League
Ben Alsup, Asheville
(1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 1 CG, 1 SHO, 9 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 1 BB, 4 K)
It wasn't a perfect game or a no-hitter, but the Tourists' Alsup came closer to both on Wednesday against Charleston than most pitchers ever do. The 23-year-old right-hander remained perfect through five innings and carried a no-hit bid into the seventh before recording the first complete game of his brief career. The Louisiana State University product was the Colorado Rockies' 18th-round draftee in 2011 and called his latest performance his best as a pro. He is now 12-5 and has compiled a 3.94 ERA in 24 games overall this year.

New York-Penn League
Jesse Hahn, Hudson Valley
(1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 0 BB, 6 K)
A sixth-round draftee of the Tampa Bay Rays in 2010 pitching his first 11 games this season after recovering from Tommy John Surgery, Hahn completed five frames for the first time as a pro. Those six K's also represented a single-game career-high. The 23-year-old right-hander has a 3.65 ERA and 37 strikeouts in his first 37 innings overall for the Renegades.

Northwest League
Javier Avendano, Vancouver
(1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 2 BB, 7 K)
Avendano, a 21-year-old right-hander hailing from Venezuela, excelled as a reliever at Class A Lansing this season. He's back to starting a level below with the Canadians, and the results couldn't be much better. On Thursday, he held down Everett, giving him seven straight starts in which he's pitched at least five frames while yielding one earned or fewer. The Toronto Blue Jays prospect is now 5-1 with a 1.45 ERA in a dozen starts for his current club.

Appalachian League
Patrick Conroy, Burlington
(1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 2 BB, 4 K)
There is bouncing back, and then there is this Burlington hurler bouncing back: In his second strong start since giving up seven runs over three innings on a miserable Aug. 4 outing, Conroy lasted a career-high seven innings. The Royals 32nd-round draftee last June is 5-1 with a 3.78 mark through his first 50 innings as a pro.

Pioneer League
Andrew Cisco, Billings
(2-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 10 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 1 BB, 7 K)
Like Hahn above, Cisco is a sixth-round draftee from the 2010 class pitching for the first time in 2012 after going under the knife. And as good as Hahn has been, Cisco has been better. The 21-year-old righty victimized Idaho Falls on Tuesday and Ogden on Sunday, posting a pair of stellar five-inning starts. He is 4-0 with a 2.89 ERA in his first dozen outings as a pro.

Andrew Pentis is a contributor to MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at AndrewMiLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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