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Pitchers of the Week
For the week ending July 15
07/16/2012 9:51 PM ET
Jordan Shipers' no-hitter on July 11 was his second complete game.
Jordan Shipers' no-hitter on July 11 was his second complete game. (Paul R. Gierhart/MiLB.com)
International League
Jeanmar Gomez, Columbus
(1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 1 CG, 1 SHO, 9 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 2 BB, 7 K)
After making 14 appearances -- including 13 starts -- with Cleveland this season, the Indians deemed Gomez's 5.18 ERA and just 35 strikeouts in 73 innings weren't cutting it for a team with sights on a playoff spot. Back in Triple-A where Gomez spent part of 2010 and '11, the Venezuelan righty is showing that he may be ready for another chance. At first-place Indianapolis on Friday, Gomez went the distance, allowing just a pair of hits and walks while fanning seven in a shutout. He now has two wins and a 1.64 ERA in three starts with the Clippers.

Pacific Coast League
Daniel Straily, Sacramento
(0-1, 1.29 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 7 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 HR, 2 BB, 13 K)
In a system rich in young pitching, Daniel Straily was little more than an afterthought entering the season, but now he has to be at the forefront of the minds of many in Oakland's front office. After 13 more strikeouts in a dominant effort against Las Vegas on Friday, Straily now has 154 strikeouts on the season, 31 more than anyone else in the Minors. Just 23, the Marshall University product went seven innings, allowing just one hit in a loss to the 51s -- the hit was a homer by Eric Thames in a 1-0 defeat. Straily has a 2.74 ERA across two levels this season.

Eastern League
Giovanni Soto, Akron
(1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 1 CG, 9 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 3 BB, 6 K)
It was a little more than three years ago when another Akron Aero -- and fellow Pitcher of the Week -- Jeanmar Gomez tossed a perfect game. Now both are honored in the same week after a new Aero had a not-so-perfect no-hitter. Soto allowed a run on a walk, a throwing error and a groundout, but he was mostly dominant, fanning six in going the distance. It was the Carolina, Puerto Rico, native's first nine-inning complete game since June 2010 with West Michigan. That was just weeks before Soto was sent to the Indians system in a deal that sent Jhonny Peralta to the Tigers.

Southern League
Matt Magill, Chattanooga
(1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 0 BB, 7 K)
For the third time this season, Chattanooga's Matt Magill takes home weekly honors. This time, the Simi Valley, Calif., native pitched six scoreless innings against Pensacola, striking out seven. He allowed just three hits and didn't allow a walk to move to 7-4 on the season. It's the third straight start in which Magill hasn't allowed an earned run, this after three starts in which he allowed at least three. One thing the Dodgers' 2008 31st-round pick does well consistently is keep the ball in the park -- he's permitted just five homers in 90 1/3 innings.

Texas League
John Hellweg, Arkansas
(1-1, 0.56 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 16 IP, 9 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 HR, 2 HBP, 1 BB, 12 K)
Travelers righty John Hellweg likes to go deep into games. He's pitched at least six innings in seven straight starts, though Hellweg is only 2-5 in that stretch. He even picked up the loss Sunday against Tulsa, when he pitched eight innings, allowing just a single run on four hits while fanning eight and without a walk. The one run was too much in a 1-0 loss to Brandon Hynick. Hellweg pitched eight innings in his previous start -- in Frisco -- and didn't allow a run in another 1-0 final. Unfortunately for the Angels' No. 8 prospect, the Travelers have scored 32 fewer runs than any other Texas League team.

California League
Taylor Rogers, San Jose
(1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 0 BB, 8 K)
For the first time since May 3, San Jose's Taylor Rogers was unscored upon in a start. He went seven innings, allowing three hits and without a walk while fanning eight Thursday against Modesto. The win evened the record of the Tulane product at 7-7. It was the first time that Rogers went as many as seven innings without allowing a run since Aug. 10, 2011, when he turned the trick at Lexington for the South Atlantic League's Augusta club. Rogers also won Pitcher of the Week for that effort. The 25th-round pick in 2009 has an ERA a shade below four after 18 Cal League starts.

Carolina League
Cody Martin, Lynchburg
(1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 9 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 1 BB, 14 K)
Martin won Carolina League honors on May 14 and returned last week to claim the prize after striking out 14 batters in a complete-game win over Salem. The gem came five days after he held Winston-Salem to three hits over seven dominant innings. The Gonzaga product was a closer in college, but has adjusted well to the Hillcats' rotation. He's 10-6 with a 2.80 ERA in 18 outings (15 starts).

Florida State League
Jose Ramirez, Tampa
(1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 6 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 2 HBP, 1 BB, 7 K)
The Yankees' right-hander struck out seven over six hitless innings on July 12 to beat St. Lucie, his first victory since May 4. MiLB.com's Short-Season Starting Pitcher of the Year in 2009 has missed a few weeks this year -- nearly a month between starts on May 15-June 21 -- and worked six frames for the second time in his last six outings.

Midwest League
Jordan Shipers, Clinton
(1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 9 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 2 BB, 2 K)
A Midwest League All-Star, Shipers' held West Michigan hitless on July 11 in his first no-hitter. The gem is a turnaround from his rookie campaign of 2011, in which he finished 1-5 with a 4.71 ERA in 10 starts. And although he followed up his no-hitter with a rough outing against South Bend, the gem served as the cap to a nice run in which he allowed five runs over four starts.

South Atlantic League
Logan Verrett, Savannah
(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, 1 BB, 7 K)
The righty out of Baylor went the distance in his first complete-game shutout of the season, striking out seven to beat Delmarva on July 10. It was his first win since June 13 and the first time he'd pitched past the seventh inning after being drafted by the Mets in the third round last summer.

New York-Penn League
Luis Mateo, Brooklyn
(1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 1 HBP, 1 BB, 8 K)
Mateo earned weekly honors for the second time this month (he won on July 2) thanks to his fourth win in five starts on July 14, when he held State College to a hit over seven frames. The Dominican right-hander has struck out six or more in all five of his starts for Brooklyn this year.

Northwest League
Shane Broyles, Tri-City
(2-0, 1.38 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 13 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 HR, 2 HBP, 1 BB, 10 K)
The Texas Tech alum is 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA in five outings this season, thanks in part to his July 15 win in which he held Everett to four hits over eight innings. He struck out a season-high seven batters in his previous start July 9 against Spokane and has yet to allow a longball this summer.

Appalachian League
Hudson Boyd, Elizabethton
(1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 0 BB, 5 K)
Besides one rough outing, the Twins prospect's first season in the Minors has started well. He held Johnson City to a pair of hits while striking out five over six frames on July 9 in his second straight six-inning outing. The Fort Myers, Fla., native hasn't allowed a home run this year while striking out 20 in 29 innings entering Monday's start.

Pioneer League
Ali Williams, Idaho Falls
(1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 1 BB, 11 K)
Williams, the cousin of Hall of Famer Larry Doby, struck out 11 over six innings to beat Helena on July 12. He's allowed three runs or fewer in all five of his outings this season and has 18 K's in his last two starts for the Kansas City affiliate.

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