Here's a look at the top pitching performers in each league for the week ending June 1:
Trevor May, Rochester
(2-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 12 IP, 9 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 5 BB, 7 K)
Is it fair for a player to have his own month? It May be. The Twins prospect is on a serious roll for the Red Wings, having allowed one unearned run over his last 26 innings covering four starts. May won all four of those games and closed out the month with seven scoreless innings against visiting Gwinnett on Saturday. The 24-year-old righty is holding IL hitters to a .196 average on the season. (For what it's worth, Mitchell June was the most recent Minor Leaguer of that surname. An outfielder, he played in the Indians system from 1953-61.)
Red Wings' May strands bases loaded
Pacific Coast League
Tim Cooney, Memphis
(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, 2 BB, 7 K)
Cooney had lasted just four innings in both of his previous two starts, allowing a combined 12 runs on 17 hits -- five of them homers. So it was only natural that the 23-year-old lefty would take a no-hitter into the ninth inning Thursday night before yielding a two-out single to Iowa's Arismendy Alcantara. Following the hit Cooney rebounded to fan top Cubs prospect Javier Baez on three pitches to complete the one-hit gem with seven strikeouts and a pair of walks. He needed just 101 pitches to notch his fifth win of the season.
Tim Cooney ends his one-hitter for the Redbirds
Joseph Colon, Akron
(2-0, 1.20 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 15 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 HR, 0 HBP, 3 BB, 8 K)
Colon has been masterful since a rough season debut April 5 and went 3-0 with a 1.50 ERA in five May starts. Easily his best outing of the year came last Monday: a nine-inning, three-hit shutout of visiting Reading in which he fanned four and walked one. The 24-year-old right-hander's strikeout numbers are lower than one might want (44 in 64 2/3 innings) and his walk total is higher than would be ideal (25), but he's held EL batters to a .213 average (thanks, in part, to a career-low .250 BABIP).
Akron's Colon ends complete game with K
Andy Moye, Huntsville
(1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 3 BB, 3 K)
Despite losing 15 games, Moye was solid for the Stars last season, posting a 4.25 ERA in 26 outings (25 of them starts). He was sidelined for six weeks with a hamstring strain, but seems to be fully recovered after tossing six scoreless, one-hit innings Friday in the second start after his return from the disabled list. A 15th-round pick out of Georgia Southern in 2011, Moye is old for the Southern League at 26 but could earn a promotion with more performances like this.
Michael Roth, Arkansas
(1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 8 2/3 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 2 BB, 4 K)
Roth's 2014 season has a lot in common with Colon's: hit hard in his first outing, dominant in May, winner in his last four decisions, middling strikeout and walk numbers. Nonetheless, it's tough to argue with the month and week that the left-hander put together -- after firing 8 2/3 scoreless frames at Corpus Christi on Thursday, Roth posted a 0.98 ERA in five May starts and now ranks fifth in the Texas League with a 2.64 mark overall. Nevertheless, his 28 strikeouts and 21 walks in 58 innings are a cause for concern.
Tyler Pike, Hugh Desert
One great thing about baseball, it has been said, is that if you have a bad game there's always a chance for redemption tomorrow. Pike was rocked for 14 runs over 5 2/3 innings in his previous two starts before taking the mound against Rancho Cucamonga on Wednesday. In one of the Minors' most difficult parks for pitchers, the 20-year-old lefty threw the first six frames of a combined no-hitter, walking two and tying a career high with eight strikeouts. Between Pike and relievers Mark Bordonaro and Blake Houser, the Mavericks needed a lot of shaving cream after the game.
Myles Jaye, Winston-Salem
(1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 1 CG, 1 SHO, 9 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 0 BB, 5 K)
Demoted from Double-A Birmingham after going 0-6 with a 6.32 ERA, Jaye immediately made a strong case to return in his first start with the Dash. The 22-year-old right-hander fired a four-hit shutout of visiting Potomac on Wednesday, striking out five without walking a batter. Originally a 17th-round pick by the Blue Jays in 2010, Jaye said he went back to basics with his game plan after the demotion. That proved to be a good move, and with restored confidence, he may soon get another shot at the Southern League.
Dash's Jaye completes shutout
Florida State League
Jose Berrios, Fort Myers
(1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 1 CG, 1 SHO, 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 1 HBP, 13 K)
Berrios is the Twins' No. 5 prospect, and it's easy to see why after his performance last week and in May generally. Three weeks after pitching five one-hit frames at Jupiter, the right-hander (who turned 20 last Tuesday) held Tampa to one hit while fanning 13 batters in a seven-inning shutout Sunday. With the brilliant outing, Berrios jumped to second place in the Florida State League with 65 strikeouts in 56 1/3 innings.
Harrison Cooney, Burlington
(1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 1 CG, 1 SHO, 9 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 0 BB, 8 K)
A sixth-round pick by the Angels in 2013, Cooney worked out of the bullpen for the Orem Owlz last summer, posting a 5.10 ERA in 14 appearances. He's adjusted well to a starting role with Burlington, culminating in a nine-inning, six-hit shutout at Peoria on Friday in which he struck out eight and did not walk a batter. The 22-year-old right-hander now ranks fourth in the league with a 2.05 ERA. Cooney can still work in relief if need be, however -- he's the only Midwest League pitcher (and one of just three in the Minors) with both a shutout and a save.
South Atlantic League
Jaron Long, Charleston
(1-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 G, 1 GS, 1 CG, 1 SHO, 11 1/3 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 1 HBP, 1 BB, 14 K)
Speaking of relievers and shutouts, Long (the son of Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long) could be next to join that list. The undrafted right-hander, 22, went the distance in the second game of a doubleheader on Tuesday, allowing two hits while fanning nine over seven scoreless frames. He added 4 1/3 strong innings Sunday, surrendering an unearned run on two hits. Whether starting (four times) or working in long relief (seven times), Long has been extremely effective: he owns a 1.64 ERA and has yet to allow a home run as a pro.