Top Pitching Performances Over The Weekend, June 15-17

Presented here are the top 10 pitcher game scores from weekend series, June 15-17, by pitchers who appear in the 2012 Baseball America Prospect Handbook.

Daniel Corcino CIN Pensacola Southern AA 8 0 0 0 9 3 88
Jose Cisnero HOU Corpus Christi Texas AA 9 2 0 0 6 2 87
Tom Koehler MIA New Orleans Pacific Coast AAA 7.2 1 0 0 10 3 85
Edwar Cabrera* COL Tulsa Texas AA 8 3 1 0 5 1 78
Martin Perez* TEX Round Rock Pacific Coast AAA 7 1 0 0 5 5 75
Nick Tropeano HOU Lexington S Atlantic LoA 7 3 0 0 7 5 73
Charlie Leesman* CWS Charlotte International AAA 7 5 1 0 9 2 72
Parker Frazier COL Tulsa Texas AA 7 3 0 0 2 1 72
Julio Rodriguez PHI Reading Eastern AA 7 2 2 2 10 4 71
Parker Markel TB Bowling Green Midwest LoA 6 3 0 0 5 0 71
*Lefthander. Chart considers only pitchers who appear in 2012 BA Prospect Handbook

• Reds righthander Daniel Corcino tossed eight no-hit innings against Mobile on Saturday, and reliever Wilkin de la Rosa finished the job in the ninth to give Double-A Pensacola the eighth no-hitter of the minor league season (the link above contains a chart listing all eight). Corcino appears none the worse for wear after skipping the high Class A level on his way to the Southern League.

• Astros righty Jose Cisnero threw 119 pitches in his six-strikeout two-hitter for Double-A Corpus Christi on Saturday. Hooks teammate Jonathan Villar booted what would have been the final out of the game, and then Cisnero walked the next batter, but he ultimately settled down to strike out Frisco's Ryan Strausborger to end the game. The 23-year-old has gone 4-6, 3.68 through 14 Texas League starts, and he ranks second in the league with 79 strikeouts in 71 innings.

• Marlins righty Tom Koehler is rebounding nicely from a lost 2011 campaign during which he put up a 4.97 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in 28 starts for Triple-A New Orleans. Back with the Zephyrs this season, the 26-year-old Stony Brook product ranks fifth in the Pacific Coast League in ERA (3.10), third in strikeouts (80) and second in opponent average (.222). On Saturday, Koehler took a no-hitter into the seventh inning versus Memphis before losing it, and he finished with 10 strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings, lowering his June ERA to 1.31 through 20 2/3 innings.

• Double-A Tulsa lefty Edwar Cabrera turned in a pair of 78 game scores in his final two starts of the first half, tossing 15 scoreless innings and allowing four hits and three walks while striking out 10.

• Prior to Friday's effort (seven innings, one hit, no runs, five strikeouts, five walks), Triple-A Round Rock lefty Martin Perez hadn't thrown an unequivocally good start since May 7, when he limited Memphis to one run on four hits in seven innings. That's good news for the Rangers prospect, whose fastball command often eludes him. Express pitching coach Terry Clark told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram: "If he throws 92 (mph) from the left side and puts it where he wants, he's in great shape. And he just needs to know that he has 95 if he needs to go there for one hitter or in a certain situation. But he's got to throttle back a bit."

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

Athletics righthander Dan Straily allowed one hit (a solo home run) over eight innings in his start Friday for Double-A Midland. He walked one and struck out nine, netting him an 85 game score and pushing his Texas League-leading tally to 108, nearly 30 more than runner up Jose Cisnero of Corpus Christi.

Worst Game Score By A Prospect

In a weekend in which none of Mariners righty Taijuan Walker (six runs, 10 baserunners, 3 2/3 innings), Diamondbacks lefty Andrew Chafin (six runs, nine baserunners, three innings) or Athletics righty Brad Peacock (six runs, 10 baserunners, three innings) made it out of the fourth inning of their starts, the honor of worst game game score technically belongs to Nationals Double-A righty Paul Demny, who allowed 11 runs on 10 hits in three innings on Saturday (good for a -7 game score). However, Demny barely cracked the Nationals Top 30 prospects list and carries a 6.06 ERA through 14 starts this year, so feel free to recognize Walker, Chafin or Peacock.


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).