Over the past week or so, there have been four amazing starts by minor league players who once upon a time played in the Shenandoah Valley. Let’s take a look at them, shall we? (Yes, we shall!)
1. Brad Mills (Harrisonburg 2005) completely wiped out Colorado Springs on May 29th. He threw 8 shutout innings, and allowed only 3 hits, 0 walks, and struck out 13! It was by far the most strikeouts he’s had in a start this season. Brad is cleaning up in the Pacific Coast League so far in 2014: he’s now 4-0, 1.74, with 38 hits, 12 walks, and 57 strikeouts in 57 innings pitched. I think he needs to be called up to Milwaukee! (Thanks to Dave Norman for the heads-up!)
2. Andy Moye (Luray 2009), just one level below Mills in the same organization, threw 6 shutout innings for Double-A Huntsville against Tennessee on May 30th. Andy allowed only 1 hit, 3 walks, and struck out 3 in his 4th start of the year (at two different stops). Andy was on the disabled list with a bad hamstring for a while, but has come back with a vengeance! Over three starts for Huntsville and one for Low-A Wisconsin, Andy is 2-0, 1.06, with 14 hits, 4 walks, and 12 strikeouts in 17 innings pitched.
3. Chad Kuhl (New Market 2012) also threw 6 shutout innings- his were on May 29 against Tampa for High-A Bradenton in the Pirates’ system. Over the six innings, he allowed 4 hits, 1 walk, and struck out 3. Chad has been a bit up and down this year, in his first full season in the minor leagues. Overall for Bradenton, he’s 5-4, 4.12, with 63 hits, 9 walks, and 34 strikeouts in 59 innings pitched.
4. Last but definitely not least, Harrison Cooney (Front Royal 2012) threw a complete game shutout against Peoria on May 30. He allowed only 6 hits, 0 walks, and struck out 8 for Burlington in the Midwest League. Harrison has had quite the start to his first full pro season: he’s 4-3, 2.05, with 39 hits, 18 walks, and 37 strikeouts in 52 2/3 innings.
Well done to all!