3 D-backs Prospects Win Pitcher of the Week

Wade Miley of the Reno Aces, Tyler Skaggs of the Mobile BayBears, and John Pedrotty of the Yakima Bears each secured Pitcher of the Week honors for the period of August 8-14. The three Arizona Diamondbacks farmhands combined to go 3-1 with a 0.64 ERA, 0.57 WHIP, and 37 strikeouts over 28 innings.

Pitching just outside his hometown of Hammond, LA, Wade Miley dealt a complete-game three-hitter and added three hits of his own on Saturday night, lifting Reno to a 4-1 victory at Zephyr Field. The left-hander allowed a run and two hits in the first inning, but settled in after that to hold New Orleans to no runs and just one hit the rest of the way—retiring 22-straight at one point. He finished with nine strikeouts, and has now punched-out 43 batters over his last five starts.

This marks the sixth weekly PCL honor for an Aces player this season , but the first by a Reno pitcher.  With the Aces, Miley is 4-1 with a 3.64 ERA.  Away from hitter-friendly Aces Ballpark, he's 3-0 with a 2.31 ERA.  Miley is averaging more than one strikeout per inning at Triple-A.  it is rumored that he will replace the injured Jason Marquis in the Arizona Diamondbacks rotation next weekend.

BayBears left-hander Tyler Skaggs was named the Southern League Pitcher of the Week after a terrific performance on August 12 against the Mississippi Braves at Hank Aaron Stadium.

Skaggs, 20, wins the award after just his sixth start in the Southern League. He limited the M-Braves to only a run on two hits over seven innings. Skaggs hit the first batter of the ballgame and gave up a single to the next before wiggling out of trouble. He didn't allow another baserunner until the seventh, when Ernesto Mejia blasted his 19th home run to break a of string of 19 consecutive hitters retired.

Skaggs began the season at Visalia, where he went 5-5 with a 3.22 ERA in 100.2 innings. He managed 125 strikeouts and has remained a strikeout machine since joining the BayBears, totaling at least six in every start and 40 in 31.2 innings. He punched out eight Braves last Friday and lowered his ERA with the BayBears to 2.84.

John Pedrotty made two starts with Yakima last week and went 1-1 with an unearned run being the only tally against him in 12 innings of work. The lefty recorded 15 strikeouts in the two games and allowed only six hits and two walks.

In his most recent outing, Pedrotty tossed six no-hit innings against Vancouver in what finished as a combined two-hit shutout win for the Bears on Saturday. After struggling early in the season, the first-year pro has begun the month of August with three consecutive quality starts. With a 3.11 ERA overall, Pedrotty is currently ninth in the Northwest League for lowest ERA among qualifying pitchers.

Pedrotty was selected in the 13th round of the 2011 Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks out of Holy Cross, where he had earned All-Patriot League honors this spring.

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