Tanner Roark, Syracuse
(2-0, 1.29 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 1 CG, 14 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 HR, 2 BB, 13 K)
Roark began the week with one win in his previous 11 starts and ended it with consecutive victories for the first time this season. The 25-year-old right-hander struck out a season-high nine batters while allowing one run over seven innings at Rochester on Tuesday for his first road win in more than two months. On Sunday Roark notched his first career complete game in the nightcap of a doubleheader against Lehigh Valley, yielding one run on five hits.
Pacific Coast League
Alex White, Colorado Springs
(2-0, 0.60 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 15 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 HR, 3 BB, 10 K)
White spent most of May and June with the Rockies, where he went 2-6 with a 6.45 ERA in 10 big league starts. Since returning to the Sky Sox on June 30, the 23-year-old right-hander was winless in four appearances before reeling off a pair of gems at home this week. White held Tacoma to four hits over seven scoreless frames on Monday before stifling Fresno with eight one-run innings on Saturday night. The eight innings and eight strikeouts were both season highs for White, a first-round pick out of North Carolina in 2009.
Phil Irwin, Altoona
(1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 1 CG, 1 SHO, 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 1 BB, 9 K)
A refined changeup has helped Irwin turn his season around. After a poor first half in which he went 1-6 with a 3.93 ERA for the Curve, the right-hander has thrown three straight complete games, allowing two earned runs on 11 hits over 22 innings. Irwin earned his first career shutout in the first game of Altoona's doubleheader sweep of New Hampshire on Friday night, surrendering two hits and one walk while fanning a season-high nine batters in seven frames. The 25-year-old Mississippi product has allowed no more than one earned run in any of his last six starts.
Alex Colome, Montgomery
(2-0, 1.13 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 1 CG, 16 IP, 10 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 3 BB, 12 K)
Few Minor League hurlers have been as strong as Colome in July, who won his fourth and fifth consecutive games this week. The 23-year-old right-hander tossed seven shutout frames at Jackson on Tuesday -- his second straight scoreless outing against the Generals -- and notched his first complete game on Sunday with a nine-inning effort against Mississippi. Colome allowed two runs on six hits against the M-Braves, but perhaps more importantly, he did not issue a walk after walking 14 in his previous three starts.
Mike Piazza, Arkansas
(2-0, 0.00 ERA, 3 G, 1 GS, 13 2/3 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 3 BB, 12 K)
A distant cousin of the 12-time All-Star of the same name, Piazza has worked largely in relief for the Travelers this season. Three days after pitching a scoreless inning of relief at Springfield on Thursday, Piazza was pressed into service as a starter on Sunday night. He responded with 6 2/3 two-hit frames, throwing 97 pitches and extending a personal scoreless streak to 17 2/3 innings. The 25-year-old right-hander is holding Texas League batters to a .202 average this season.
Burch Smith, Lake Elsinore
(0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 0 BB, 10 K)
Smith only faced 17 batters this week. Three of them singled, 10 of them struck out and none of them scored. The 22-year-old right-hander didn't earn a victory, as the Storm went on to lose, 3-0, in 10 innings, but has won seven of his last eight decisions going back to the end of May. Smith leads the Cal League with 119 strikeouts in 104 1/3 innings and, thanks to having issued just 18 walks, ranks second in WHIP with a 1.05 mark.
Gus Schlosser, Lynchburg
(1-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 1 CG, 1 SHO, 14 IP, 9 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 1 HBP, 1 BB, 15 K)
It's been a remarkable month for Schlosser, who has not allowed a run in his last 28 innings. On July 18 the 23-year-old righty retired 24 consecutive batters over eight one-hit innings at Potomac. He stymied the Nationals again on Monday, going the distance for his first career shutout with a nine-inning five-hitter. Schlosser lasted only five innings at Salem on Saturday, but fanned nine while scattering four hits. The Florida Southern product, who has struck out 27 and walked three during his streak, leads the league in innings and wins while ranking third in ERA and fourth in strikeouts.
Florida State League
Andy Moye, Brevard County
(1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 1 BB, 5 K)
Moye had 13 days off before starting for the Manatees at Fort Myers on Saturday night. The extra rest suited the 24-year-old right-hander nicely, as he responded with seven one-hit innings in Brevard County's 3-0 win. He struck out five and walked one, bouncing back nicely from his previous two outings, in which he'd yielded 10 earned runs on 15 hits over 9 1/3 frames. Moye improved to 8-2 with the victory, the first three wins of which came for Class A Wisconsin early in the season.
David Colvin, Clinton
(2-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 G, 1 SVO, 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 0 BB, 9 K)
Colvin has one start and one save in his 20 appearances for the LumberKings this season. This week the middle reliever delivered a pair of strong three-inning outings for his third and fourth victories of the season. A 27th-round pick in 2011, the 23-year-old Colvin allowed one hit to Quad Cities on Wednesday and one more to Wisconsin on Saturday. He fanned nine over the six frames and did not walk a batter. Colvin has given up just one earned run over 14 innings covering his last five games.
South Atlantic League
Tyler Anderson, Asheville
(1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 1 CG, 1 SHO, 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 0 BB, 3 K)
The 20th overall pick in the 2011 Draft, Anderson has been quietly outstanding in his first professional season for the Tourists. On Sunday afternoon he recorded his first career shutout in the opening game of Asheville's doubleheader at Charleston, allowing three hits over seven innings. The southpaw, who didn't join the Tourists until May 11, improved to 9-2 in 15 starts and, having worked just enough innings to qualify, leads the league with a 2.49 ERA. Already the Rockies' No. 4 prospect, Anderson has surrendered just three earned runs over 31 2/3 innings in his last five starts.
New York-Penn League
Brian Holmes, Tri-City
(1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 1 CG, 1 SHO, 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 0 BB, 6 K)
11 days after holding Jamestown to a single hit over six innings, Holmes took a perfect game into the seventh inning of the nightcap of the ValleyCats' doubleheader at Hudson Valley on Friday night. The left-hander gave up a single on the first pitch of the seventh but rebounded to retire the final three batters in order for his first career complete game and shutout. Like the rest of the Tri-City club, which is 18-3 on the road, Holmes has been dominant away from Joseph L. Bruno Stadium: in three road starts covering 19 innings, he's allowed four hits and no runs.
Ian Dickson, Boise
(2-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 11 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 2 BB, 8 K)
A 35th-round pick out of Lafayette in 2011, Dickson struggled early in the month, at one point allowing nine earned runs on 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings. The New York native bounced back with the finest outing of his brief career against Yakima on Tuesday, taking a perfect game into the sixth inning. Dickson gave up a leadoff single in the sixth on a play that was initially ruled an error on Boise shortstop Stephen Bruno. Shaking that off, Dickson finished off the sixth with no further damage and went on to toss five scoreless innings against Tri-City on Sunday.
Angel Mata, Elizabethton
(1-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 10 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 1 BB, 17 K)
Mata has been tough to hit all summer -- he's holding the Appy League to a .171 average in eight starts -- but never more so than this week, in which the 19-year-old Venezuelan fanned 17 and walked one while allowing four hits over 10 scoreless innings. The right-handed Mata has been particularly strong against left-handed hitters, who have managed just five hits in 38 at-bats for a .132 average. He ranks fifth in the league with a 2.29 ERA for first-place Elizabethton.
Sam Selman, 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, 9 K)
The Royals have gotten everything they could have hoped for thus far out of Selman, their second-round pick last month. After striking out nine over six scoreless innings at Great Falls on Wednesday, the left-hander out of Vanderbilt improved to 4-0 in seven games and leads the Pioneer League in ERA (1.67) and strikeouts (44). In 32 1/3 pro innings, Selman has walked just eight and has yet to allow a home run.