Todd Redmond, Gwinnett
(2-0, 0.69 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 13 IP, 12 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 1 BB, 7 K)
Redmond, who turned 27 on Thursday, has made 88 starts for Gwinnett over the past four seasons without receiving the call to the Majors. He did his best to force the Braves' hand this week, allowing one run over 13 frames in a pair of road victories. With Mike Minor struggling in the Atlanta rotation and Redmond outpitching Triple-A teammates Julio Teheran and Jair Jurrjens, perhaps the veteran right-hander will soon get a shot in the Show.
Pacific Coast League
Wade LeBlanc, New Orleans
(1-0, 1.69 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 16 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 HR, 0 HBP, 2 BB, 19 K)
Coming off a brutal outing in which he gave up nine earned runs over six innings, LeBlanc bounced back by fanning a season-high 12 batters over eight frames against Las Vegas, the league's top hitting club, on Monday. The 27-year-old southpaw got a no decision in that game but earned his first win since April 7 with eight strong innings at Colorado Springs on Sunday. LeBlanc allowed one run on three hits and a walk while striking out seven to help the Zephyrs salvage the finale of a four-game set.
Zephyrs' Wade LeBlanc gets his seventh K
T.J. McFarland, Akron
(2-0, 0.64 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 14 IP, 15 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 0 BB, 12 K)
McFarland is one of just three Minor League pitchers with eight victories this season, with his only loss coming against Bowie on April 17. The soft-throwing lefty has won each of his other eight starts and has given up just one run over his last 21 innings. Though the 22-year-old McFarland doesn't blow hitters away -- he has 36 strikeouts in 55 1/3 innings and yielded 12 hits (but only one run) in seven innings on Sunday -- he's walked only 11 and has yet to surrender a home run this year.
Kyle Lobstein, Montgomery
(1-0, 0.64 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 14 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 HR, 0 HBP, 4 BB, 10 K)
After a pair of rough starts on April 28 and May 4, in which he allowed 13 runs on 19 hits over six innings, the left-handed Lobstein has been lights-out for the Biscuits, yielding one run on 10 hits over 19 frames in his last three outings. Jacksonville managed just three hits off the 22-year-old on Tuesday, and Lobstein tossed a career-high eight shutout innings, allowing just four hits, at Birmingham on Sunday. Lobstein's ERA has fallen by nearly three runs in his last three appearances, from 7.52 to 4.57.
Daniel Straily, Midland
(0-0, 1.29 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 1 BB, 15 K)
Straily was fourth in the Oakland organization last year with 11 wins but entered Friday's action just 1-4. He didn't pick up his second victory against Corpus Christi, but he did strike out a career-high -- and Minor League-season-high -- 15 batters over seven strong innings. The 23-year-old righty allowed one run on three hits and a walk in the game, which the RockHounds went on to win, 6-5, on a walk-off sacrifice fly in the ninth. Straily is second in the Minors with 69 strikeouts and has 15 more than anyone else in the Texas League.
Tyson Perez, Lancaster
(1-0, 1.00 EA, 1 G, 1 GS, 1 CG, 9 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 HR, 0 HBP, 1 BB, 2 K)
Perez got a late start, joining the JetHawks only on May 6, but has rapidly made up for lost time by winning each of his first three full-season games, culminating in a complete-game two-hitter at Inland Empire on Thursday. A 17th-round pick in last June's Draft, the 22-year-old right-hander has allowed nine hits -- three of them solo homers -- and two walks over 20 Cal League frames. Perez has already notched more victories than he did in 13 Appy League starts last summer, when he went 2-5 with a 5.07 ERA for Greeneville.
Cody Buckel, Myrtle Beach
(0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 8 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 E, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 1 BB, 11 K)
I'm tired of writing about Cody Buckel but not as tired as Carolina League hitters are of facing him. The 19-year-old righty is the circuit's Pitcher of the Week for the third time (in six weeks) this season after striking out a career-high 11 batters over a career-high eight scoreless innings at Winston-Salem on Thursday. He gave up three hits and walked one in the no-decision. In Buckel's eight starts this year, he's allowed one run three times and no runs four times. The Rangers' No. 11 prospect leads the league in ERA and strikeouts.
Top prospects: Cody Buckel
Florida State League
C.J. Riefenhauser, Charlotte
(2-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 G, 1 GS, 6 1/3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 0 BB, 10 K)
A reliever in 2010 and a starter in 2011, Riefenhauser has done a bit of both this season, with outstanding results in both roles. After striking out the lone batter he faced in relief (and earning the win) on Tuesday, the left-hander allowed three hits while fanning nine over six shutout frames to beat host Tampa on Friday night. Having now pitched 11 scoreless innings in his two starts of the campaign, Riefenhauser leads the FSL with six wins and a 0.70 ERA and leads qualifying pitchers with 11.7 strikeouts per nine innings.
Mark Williams, Wisconsin
(1-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 G, 9 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 4 BB, 7 K)
After finishing off Wisconsin's first no-hitter in two years (and earning his first pro save) with four hitless frames on May 4, Williams was back at it in a pair of outings against Kane County this week. The 22-year-old righty held the Cougars to one hit over four innings on Monday and closed out Saturday's victory with five no-hit innings. Williams has allowed two runs on six hits in 16 1/3 innings this month.
South Atlantic League
Blair Walters, Kannapolis
(1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 1 HBP, 0 BB, 9 K)
Walters has been solid in his first full-season campaign, but was spectacular against Lexington on Thursday, holding the Legends to one hit over seven innings in the Intimidators' 5-0 shutout. The left-hander, an 11th-round pick out of Hawaii in 2011, struck out nine and did not walk a batter. After walking five in 5 1/3 innings at Rome on April 28, Walters has not issued a free pass over 18 1/3 frames in his three May outings.