Keyvius Sampson, RHP, San Diego Padres
78.2 IP, 3.43 ERA, .237 BAA, 77/36 K/BB (17 G/16 GS)
After an ugly start to his season at Triple-A Tucson, Sampson has finally found his groove back at Double-A San Antonio. The 22-year-old has been absolutely dominant over his last two outings: 14 IP, 4 H, ER, 22/1 K/BB.
Noah Syndergaard, RHP, New York Mets
74.2 IP, 2.45 ERA, .249 BAA, 80/19 K/BB (14 GS)
The 20-year-old right-hander has been very impressive this season and emerged as one of the top pitching prospects in the game; since promotion to Double-A: 11 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 16/3 K/BB (2 GS).
Brooks Pounders, RHP, Kansas City Royals
69.1 IP, 4.02 ERA, .239 BAA, 57/24 K/BB (18 G/10 GS)
The 6’4”, 270-pound right-hander isn’t much of prospect, but he gets the nod for this week’s installment after firing a no-hitter against Double-A Midland.
Archie Bradley, RHP, Arizona Diamondbacks
95.1 IP, 1.79 ERA, .204 BAA, 110/39 K/BB (16 GS)
Following his only poor start of the 2013 season on June 22 (5 IP, 7 H, 6 ER), Bradley was his usual self last Thursday: 7.2 IP, 3 H, 7/2 K/BB; and if there’s a need, don’t be surprised if the Diamondbacks turn to the 20-year-old right-hander at some point later this season.
Matt Wisler, RHP, San Diego Padres
80 IP, 3.15 ERA, .233 BAA, 72/20 K/BB (15 GS)
Since his promotion to Double-A San Antonio: 49 IP, 3.86 ERA, 44/14 K/BB (9 GS); fresh off his best start of the season on June 27: 6 IP, 6 H, ER, 8/0 K/BB.
Neil Ramirez, RHP, Texas Rangers
86 IP, 3.14 ERA, .190 BAA, 106/37 K/BB (16 GS)
Coming off a dismal 2012 campaign in which he registered a 6.28 ERA and received a demotion to Double-A, Ramirez has rebounded well while repeating the level for a third time. Last three starts: 17 IP, 12 H, 4 ER, 25/4 K/BB.
Andrew Chafin, LHP, Arizona Diamondbacks
102.2 IP, 3.24 ERA, .249 BAA, 81/43 K/BB (17 GS)
Owner of one of the best sliders in the minor leagues, Chafin turned in arguably his best start of the season on Monday for Double-A Mobile: 6 IP, 2 H, 5/2 K/BB.
Zach Lee, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers
88.1 IP, 2.95 ERA, .237 BAA, 80/24 K/BB (17 G/16 GS)
Lee has made impressive strides with his command and effectiveness this season as a 21-year-old in Double-A, and he will likely be called upon to make his major league debut at some point during the second half.
Matt Barnes, RHP, Boston Red Sox
67.2 IP, 5.19 ERA, .282 BAA, 83/25 K/BB (15 GS)
Barnes appeared to putting things together in June, as he held Double-A Reading and Trenton scoreless in back-to-back outings. However, the right-hander’s inconsistent sophomore campaign continued on Saturday with a clunker against New Hampshire: 5 IP, 9 H (2 HR), 4 ER, 5/2 K/BB; hey, at least he’s still missing plenty of bats.
Aaron Northcraft, RHP, Atlanta Braves
75.1 IP, 4.30 ERA, .253 BAA, 67/29 K/BB (15 GS)
After leading the Carolina League in strikeouts (160) in 2012, Northcraft has struggled this in his first taste of Double-A.
Trevor May, RHP, Minnesota Twins
89 IP, 3.84 ERA, .256 BAA, 87/40 K/BB (16 GS)
Although the strikeout rate is about where it should be, May’s command and ability to execute secondary offerings hasn’t progressed as hoped; too many pitches left up in the zone has made him prone to the long ball since the start of the 2012 season.