Chris Archer, Durham
(2-0, 0.75 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 12 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 5 BB, 14 K)
After winning his first start of the season back on April 8, Archer lost four straight games and saw his ERA swell to 6.75. The No. 70 prospect rebounded in a big way this week, getting back in the win column with a strong six-inning performance on Tuesday before outdueling top prospect Manny Banuelos with a season-high nine strikeouts Sunday afternoon. The 23-year-old right-hander continues to have issues with his command -- he's issued 28 walks in 42 innings -- but the IL is now hitting just .215 against him.
No. 70 prospect: Chris Archer
Prospect Q&A with Rays' Chris Archer
Pacific Coast League
Chris Rusin, Iowa
(2-0, 0.64 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 14 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 HR, 0 HBP, 4 BB, 12 K)
Rusin has been nearly untouchable in four of his last five starts and capped the strong run with eight scoreless innings at Sacramento on Sunday, during which he held the 25-13 River Cats to five hits and fanned a season-high seven. A fourth-round pick out of the University of Kentucky in 2009, the 25-year-old Rusin is seventh in the PCL in ERA and fourth in WHIP. He's also pretty crafty with the glove, as the following video shows:
I-Cubs' Rusin makes tremendous catch
Julio Rodriguez, Reading
(1-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 11 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 1 HBP, 9 BB, 8 K)
With six one-hit frames at New Britain on Sunday afternoon, Rodriguez has now gone 16 innings without allowing an earned run despite issuing 11 walks. The Phillies' No. 16 prospect improved to 3-0 with the victory and lowered his ERA to 2.25 in his first seven Double-A starts. After leading the Minor Leagues with 16 wins at Class A Advanced Clearwater last season, the 21-year-old right-hander seems to be settling in nicely with the first-place R-Phils.
Top prospect: Julio Rodriguez
Matt Buschmann, Montgomery
(0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 6 2/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 1 BB, 12 K)
Buschmann is in his first season in the Rays organization after six years with the Padres. And, after a rocky first four starts with the Biscuits, the 27-year-old righty has been lights-out in his last two outings. After picking up his first Southern League victory with six two-hit innings last Sunday, Buschmann held Jacksonville to one hit and one walk while striking out a career-high 12 batters over 6 2/3 frames on Friday night. The Vanderbilt product has given up three hits in his last 12 2/3 innings after yielding 22 in his first 16 innings of the season.
Chris Dwyer, NW Arkansas
(1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 6 2/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 1 HBP, 2 BB, 5 K)
A fourth-round pick out of Clemson in 2009, Dwyer has shown great promise but struggled with his command. The 24-year-old lefty walked 78 batters last season, second-most in the Texas League, and entered Thursday's game against Springfield with a 7.46 ERA after allowing two homers and six walks in an outing on May 4. It all came together on for the Royals' No. 7 prospect Thursday night, however, as he tossed 6 2/3 no-hit innings in relief of rehabbing starter Greg Holland. Dwyer struck out five, walked two and combined with Holland and relievers Brendan Lafferty and Kendal Volz for the second no-hitter in Naturals franchise history.
Naturals' hurlers combine to no-hit Springfield
Top prospect: Chris Dwyer
Chad Rogers, Bakersfield
(1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 8 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 1 BB, 3 K)
Almost exclusively a reliever in his first pro season with Dayton last year (all but one of his 37 appearances were out of the bullpen), Rogers has shifted to the rotation with Bakersfield this spring and produced outstanding numbers in seven starts. On Thursday night the 22-year-old right-hander held host Inland Empire to four hits over a career-high eight innings in the Blaze's 4-0 win. The victory lowered Rogers' ERA to 1.75, third-best in the Cal League and second-best in the Reds farm system.
Cody Martin, Lynchburg
(1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 2 BB, 7 K)
Martin is another successful reliever who has moved into a starting role with impressive results. In his last three outings, the 22-year-old righty has allowed two runs on seven hits while fanning 22 over 20 innings. Both runs came on solo homers. Martin had his finest outing of the season at Wilmington on Wednesday, taking a no-hitter into the seventh and ultimately yielding just a pair of singles in seven shutout frames. The Gonzaga product ranks second in both the Carolina League and the Braves organization with 42 strikeouts in 35 1/3 innings.
Florida State League
Eric Jokisch, Daytona
(2-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 13 IP, 8 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 0 BB, 16 K)
Jokisch has been a workhorse for the Cubs this season, pitching fewer than six innings in just one of his eight starts. The left-hander fanned a season-high 11 over seven scoreless innings against Jupiter on Monday before tossing six more shutout frames against Brevard County on Saturday. An 11th-round pick out of Northwestern in 2010, Jokisch leads the Florida State League with 49 2/3 innings pitched and ranks third with 48 strikeouts
Andrew Moye, Wisconsin
(2-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 G, 1 GS, 10 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 1 HBP, 0 BB, 10 K)
Moye, a rangy right-hander out of Georgia Southern, had a shut-down week for the first-place Timber Rattlers that earned him a pair of victories. The 24-year-old held Cedar Rapids to three hits over five frames Monday, then tossed five one-hit innings against Quad Cities on short rest Friday, striking out seven. Moye has not walked a batter in his last 16 innings and has yet to give up a homer after surrendering 15 longballs in 15 starts for short-season Helena last summer. His 1.44 ERA ranks third in the Midwest League and second in the Brewers' system.
South Atlantic League
Miguel Pena, Greenville
(1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 6 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 0 BB, 7 K)
Pena had the finest outing of his 11-game pro career Tuesday afternoon, tossing six perfect innings against Rome and combining with relievers Hunter Cervenka and Tyler Lockwood on the first nine-inning no-hitter in Greenville Drive history. The Texas native, a sixth-round pick last June, has walked just three batters in 31 1/3 innings and ranks fourth in the Sally League with a 1.72 ERA. Pena, a left-hander who goes by "Mickey," has now given up two earned runs over his last 22 2/3 innings.
Pena fans Skinner to remain perfect