Top Pitching Performances Over The Weekend, June 8-10

Presented here are the top 10 pitcher game scores from weekend series, June 8-10, by pitchers who appear in the 2012 Baseball America Prospect Handbook.

Liam Hendriks MIN Rochester International AAA 8.2 3 0 0 10 2 87
Danny Hultzen* SEA Jackson Southern AA 8 2 0 0 8 1 85
R.J. Alaniz HOU Lancaster California HiA 8 4 0 0 4 2 76
Trevor Bauer ARI Reno Pacific Coast AAA 7 5 0 0 11 2 76
Tyler Matzek* COL Modesto California HiA 7 1 1 1 7 3 75
A.J. Griffin OAK Sacramento Pacific Coast AAA 7 3 2 0 8 0 75
Adam Warren NYY Scranton/W-B International AAA 7 3 0 0 4 2 73
Erasmo Ramirez SEA Tacoma Pacific Coast AAA 8 2 2 2 5 2 73
Trevor Rosenthal STL Springfield Texas AA 7 3 1 1 7 1 73
B.J. Hermsen MIN New Britain Eastern AA 7 5 0 0 5 1 71
Darin Gorski* NYM Binghamton Eastern AA 8 7 0 0 3 0 71
Adam Wilk* DET Toledo International AAA 9 6 3 3 9 1 71
*Lefthander. Chart considers only pitchers who appear in 2012 BA Prospect Handbook

• Twins righty Liam Hendriks came within one out of notching his second straight complete game for Triple-A Rochester, though the first came in an abbreviated seven-inning affair. He threw 124 pitches Saturday and came out of the game after allowing a two-out single to Indianapolis center fielder Starling Marte in the ninth inning. Hendriks has gone 5-0, 1.94 with a 0.91 WHIP in seven starts for the Red Wings, in sharp contrast to his 9.00 ERA in four starts for the Twins.

• Mariners Double-A lefty Danny Hultzen registered his first 80+ game score of the season on Friday, limiting Jacksonville to two hits in eight innings. His 1.28 ERA through 12 starts ranks fifth in the minors, while no qualified starter has allowed a lower opponent average (.145).

• Talk about exorcising old demons. Rockies lefty Tyler Matzek ran up a 9.82 ERA and 2.42 WHIP in 10 starts for Modesto of the high Class A California League last year, earning him a demotion followed by a mechanical retooling. The 21-year-old took the lessons of his youth pitching coach to heart and has ranked as one of the Cal League's top pitchers this season—particularly when he finds the strike zone. Though Matzek leads the Cal League with 51 walks, he ranks fifth in the ERA race (2.87), third in strikeouts (75) and first in opponent average (.180). Three of his last four starts for Modesto have yielded exemplary game scores of 75 or more, and in those starts he allowed a mere two runs on eight hits with a 20-4 K-BB ratio in 18 2/3 innings. Of course, Matzek has two eight-walk starts and one seven-walk start on his résumé this season as well.

• All Cardinals righty Trevor Rosenthal has done since skipping over the high Class A Florida State League is go 5-5, 2.73 in 12 starts for Double-A Springfield. He ranks third in the Texas League ERA race, and his .189 opponent average ranges 11th in the minors.

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

Cubs lefthander Kyler Burke carried a no-hitter through five innings for low Class A Peoria on Friday and finished the day with seven shutout innings and nine strikeouts and just two hits allowed. The converted right fielder made his pitching debut with 16 relief appearances in the short-season Northwest League a year ago and joined the Peoria rotation for good this May 4. The 24-year-old has gone 2-1, 2.05 in nine starts with 35 strikeouts and 17 walks in 52 2/3 innings, and he made the made the Midwest League all-star team. Burke joined the Chicago organization in June 2007 when the Cubs traded catcher Michael Barrett to the Padres.

Worst Game Score By A Prospect

Brewers righthander Mark Rogers followed a seven-shutout-innings performance last Tuesday with his worst start of the season yesterday, in which he allowed 10 runs on 11 hits in 3 1/3 innings for Triple-A Nashville. He struck out two, walked four and allowed two home runs.


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).