Top Pitching Performances Over The Weekend, July 6-8

Presented here are the top 10 pitcher game scores from weekend series, July 6-8.

Jacob Turner DET Toledo International AAA 9 3 0 0 6 0 87
Ross Seaton HOU Corpus Christi Texas AA 8.1 3 0 0 8 2 84
Sean Gilmartin* ATL Mississippi Southern AA 9 4 1 1 7 0 82
Adam Morgan PHI Clearwater Florida State HiA 7 2 0 0 9 1 81
Jason Adam KC Wilmington Carolina HiA 7.1 3 0 0 9 1 81
Mark Rogers MIL Nashville Pacific Coast AAA 7 3 0 0 7 0 78
Dan Straily OAK Sacramento Pacific Coast AAA 7 3 0 0 7 1 77
Cody Martin ATL Lynchburg Carolina HiA 7 2 1 1 8 0 77
Michael Fulmer NYM Savannah South Atlantic LoA 7 2 0 0 4 1 76
Cory Mazzoni NYM Binghamton Eastern AA 7 3 0 0 6 2 75
Alex Colome TB Montgomery Southern AA 8 5 1 1 8 1 75

• Triple-A Toledo righty Jacob Turner turned in a three-hit shutout of Louisville on Saturday, facing 29 batters and striking out six in 100-degree heat. Bats manager David Bell told the Louisville Courier-Journal afterward that the Tigers prospect had good stuff. "He looks like a big league pitcher with the way he throws the ball, using both sides of the plate," Bell said. "He can sink it, cut it and he throws his pitches for strikes."

• Braves lefty Sean Gilmartin has received credit for three complete games with Double-A Mississippi this season, yet when he went nine innings for the first time on Friday he did not add another CG to his tally. That's because the M-Braves and Jackson Generals battled through 12 innings, with Mississippi rallying from down one to win in the bottom half of the 12th.

• With his seven-whiffs-in-seven-innings start on Friday, Athletics righty Dan Straily has opened a 20-strikeout advantage on Reds lefty Tony Cingrani for the minor league lead. So much for the jump in competition from Double-A to Triple-A. Straily has gone 3-1, 1.04 through four starts with Sacramento following his promotion, with 33 strikeouts, nine walks and 14 hits allowed in 26 innings.

• Mets righty Cory Mazzoni, a second-round selection last year, has made two excellent starts and two poor ones for Double-A Binghamton. In his good ones (such as the one from Saturday shown above) he's allowed one unearned run on eight hits in 14 innings. In his bad starts he's been hammered for 13 runs on 19 hits in 10 innings. At his best, Mazzoni has pitched at 92-94 mph with command of a solid slider and changeup

Top Performance By A Prospect-Eligible Pitcher Outside His Team's Top 30

Cubs righthander Matt Loosen improved his record to 7-3, 2.84 through 15 starts for high Class A Daytona following a masterful performance against Dunedin on Friday. The 23-year-old, a 23rd-round pick from Jacksonville in 2010, dealt seven innings of shutout ball, allowing three hits, walking one and striking out 10 (good for a 80 game score). Loosen ranks fourth in the Florida State League ERA race and now ranks first in WHIP (1.00) and opponent average (.183).

Noteworthy Performance In Short-Season League Play

Rookie-level Greeneville righty Adrian Houser, an Astros second-rounder last year, turned in an excellent 73 game score on Friday, logging seven shutout innings and allowing four hits and two walks while striking out six.

Worst Game Score By A Prospect

Apparently it wasn't a good weekend to be a lefty pitching prospect at Triple-A. The Indians' T.J. McFarland notched a game score of 2 for Columbus (2 1/3 IP, 10 H, 8 R, 1 SO, 4 BB), the Astros' Brett Oberholtzer put up an 11 game score for Oklahoma City (4 IP, 12 H, 7 R, 5 HR, 2 SO, 1 BB) and the Pirates' Rudy Owens finished with a comparatively-robust 19 game score for Indianapolis (3 1/3 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 1 HR, 3 SO, 2 BB). Oberholtzer became the first pitcher to allow five homers at New Orleans' pitcher-friendly Zephyr Field since Kip Gross accomplished the same feat on April 13, 2000.


Bill James' game score calculation (Wikipedia entry) rewards pitchers who work deep into games without allowing many runs or hits while providing extra credit for dominance (strikeouts) and control (few walks).