Each Sunday, milb.com names a pitcher and hitter of the previous week for each minor league. Sometimes the Valley League can go months without an alumnus named, but for last week, three made the cut!
First of all, Andy Moye (Luray 2009) was named pitcher of the week in the Southern League for his 6 shutout innings last Friday (see the post before this one for more). Here’s what milb’s John Parker had to say about Andy:
(1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 3 BB, 3 K)
Despite losing 15 games, Moye was solid for the Stars last season, posting a 4.25 ERA in 26 outings (25 of them starts). He was sidelined for six weeks with a hamstring strain, but seems to be fully recovered after tossing six scoreless, one-hit innings Friday in the second start after his return from the disabled list. A 15th-round pick out of Georgia Southern in 2011, Moye is old for the Southern League at 26 but could earn a promotion with more performances like this.
Secondly, Harrison Cooney (Front Royal 2012) was named the Midwest League’s pitcher of the week. Again, to see the particulars, see the post right below this one. Again, Parker’s writeup:
(1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 1 CG, 1 SHO, 9 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 0 BB, 8 K)
A sixth-round pick by the Angels in 2013, Cooney worked out of the bullpen for the Orem Owlz last summer, posting a 5.10 ERA in 14 appearances. He’s adjusted well to a starting role with Burlington, culminating in a nine-inning, six-hit shutout at Peoria on Friday in which he struck out eight and did not walk a batter. The 22-year-old right-hander now ranks fourth in the league with a 2.05 ERA. Cooney can still work in relief if need be, however — he’s the only Midwest League pitcher (and one of just three in the Minors) with both a shutout and a save.
The third player of the week is an old teammate of Moye’s- Jacob Wilson (Luray 2009). He was named the player of the week in the Double-A Texas League. Jacob is hitting a total of 313/376/467 in 195 at-bats over two levels. This is what Sam Dykstra wrote about Jacob:
(.480/.536/.920, 7 G, 12-for-25, 5 2B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 4 R, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 SB)
After being promoted to Double-A ball in early May, Wilson hasn’t had much difficulty acclimating to the Texas League, but he took it to another level last week. Four of his six multi-hit performances came last week, including Friday when he went 2-for-3 with a homer, a double and a season-high four RBIs. The 23-year-old second baseman has a .338/.405/.581 line in 21 games and would lead the Texas League with his .986 OPS had he accrued enough at-bats to qualify.
Congratulations to all three!