Ramon Ortiz, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre
(2-0, 1.23 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 14 2/3 IP, 14 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 HR, 0 HBP, 0 BB, 9 K)
Ortiz, who turned 39 this week, has made 214 Major League starts, was MVP of the Caribbean Series in 2008 and won 15 games for the World Series champion Angels in 2002. This is his first IL Pitcher of the Week award. The Dominican-born right-hander notched two victories while scattering 14 hits over 14 2/3 frames against Columbus and Buffalo. Ortiz held the Bisons scoreless in the latter outing and has fanned 17 while walking one in his last three starts -- all wins.
Pacific Coast League
Yusmeiro Petit, Fresno
(1-0, 0.69 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 13 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 3 BB, 19 K)
Petit began the week with a 5.01 ERA and ended it with a 3.98 mark after racking up 19 strikeouts over 13 innings in his two starts. The 27-year-old righty did not get a decision after holding Albuquerque to one run on four hits in seven innings on Monday -- the Isotopes ultimately won, 3-2, on a walk-off double in the ninth. He took matters into his own hands on Saturday, fanning a season-high 10 batters as the Grizzlies blanked visiting Colorado Springs, 1-0.
Fresno's Petit fans his 10th batter
Chris Heston, Richmond
(2-0, 0.64 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 14 IP, 12 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 4 BB, 20 K)
Heston has been so good this season that when he struck out a career-high 11 Trenton batters while allowing one run over six frames on Sunday, his ERA actually went up (to 0.70). After 10 starts, the 24-year-old Giants prospect leads the EL in ERA (by nearly a full run), strikeouts and WHIP while holding the circuit's hitters homerless with a .194 average. Having allowed one earned run in 35 May innings, it seems safe to say that the former 12th-round pick has little more to prove at the Double-A level.
Matt Magill, Chattanooga
(1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 0 BB, 10 K)
Magill was the circuit's top pitcher in the last week of April and has continued to impress in four May starts. The 22-year-old Dodgers prospect struck out 10 in his May 18 outing but lasted only 4 1/3 innings due to the six walks he issued. Magill had no such control problems against Jacksonville on Thursday, fanning 10 more while allowing just two hits (and no walks) over seven frames to give the Lookouts their fifth straight win. The right-hander has held Southern League hitters to a .197 average and one home run in 48 innings this season.
Nick Schmidt, Tulsa
(0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 1 HBP, 1 BB, 5 K)
Schmidt spent most of the last three seasons in the Cal League, with mixed but steadily improving results. Acquired by the Rockies in the deal that sent Huston Street to San Diego, Schmidt has gotten his first shot at Double-A this year and made the most of it. The 26-year-old southpaw took a no-hitter into the seventh inning against Arkansas on May 13 and has allowed just one run in 14 innings since then. This week Schmidt held first-place Frisco to a pair of hits over seven shutout frames in the Drillers' 4-3, 12-inning victory Friday night.
Jacob Brown, Stockton
(1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 1 BB, 4 K)
A starter last season, Brown has pitched primarily out of the bullpen for the Ports this year, going 1-3 with a 2.74 ERA and one save in nine relief appearances. On Friday night the 25-year-old lefty was given a spot start against visiting Visalia and responded with six one-hit innings in the Ports' 6-2 win. Stockton might do well to consider returning Brown to the rotation -- he's now 1-0 with a 1.20 ERA and 17 strikeouts over 15 innings in his three starts.
Greg Billo, Wilmington
(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)
Coming off a pair of starts in which he'd allowed nine runs (and three homers) over 12 2/3 innings, Billo rebounded with seven two-hit, scoreless frames against Potomac last Monday for his fourth win in five decisions. The 21-year-old right-hander was Class A Kane County's Pitcher of the Year last season after posting a 9-5 record with a 1.93 ERA and seems to be adjusting nicely to the Carolina League. Billo could no doubt use some home cooking, though -- seven of his 10 outings this season have been on the road.
Florida State League
Asher Wojciechowski, Dunedin
(1-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 12 IP, 9 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 HR, 1 HBP, 1 BB, 12 K)
Wojciechowski, a 2010 first-round pick and the Blue Jays' No. 11 prospect, entered the week having been pounded in his previous two starts to the tune of 14 runs on 15 hits in 5 1/3 innings. The right-hander scattered five hits over six scoreless frames against Jupiter on Monday for his first win since April 24, then held Brevard County to one run on four hits while striking out a season-high eight batters over six innings on Saturday. One key for Wojciechowski seems to be avoiding sunlight: after pitching 12 scoreless innings in two day starts for Dunedin last season, the right-hander has a 10.80 ERA in his two day games this year.
Top prospect: Asher Wojciechowski
Adys Portillo, Fort Wayne
(0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 1 BB, 4 K)
Portillo has allowed nine earned runs this season, seven of which came in two starts. In his other eight starts, covering 46 1/3 frames, the Padres' No. 16 prospect has been all but unhittable. The 20-year-old Portillo took a no-hitter into the seventh inning against South Bend on May 9 and stifled the Silver Hawks again this week, holding them to one single and one walk in six innings on Friday night. The right-hander leads the Midwest League with a 1.48 ERA and has allowed just 29 hits in his 54 2/3 innings for a .155 batting average against.
Top prospect: Adys Portillo
South Atlantic League
Jose Fernandez, Greensboro
(1-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 1 BB, 15 K)
Drafted 14th overall at age 18 by the Marlins last season, Fernandez has been overwhelming in his first 10 Sally League outings. Miami's No. 3 prospect tossed the first six frames of the Minors' first no-hitter of the season back on April 24 and has been scarcely more hittable since. The right-handed Fernandez fanned a career-high 12 batters over six three-hit, scoreless innings at Delmarva this Saturday and has taken over the league lead in ERA and strikeouts while holding its hitters to a .200 average.
MiLB.com talks with Marlins prospect Fernandez
Top prospect: Jose Fernandez