Jesus Castillo Pitcher of the Week

Jacksonville right-handed starter Jesus Castillo was named the Southern League Pitcher of the Week for June 9-15. Although the Suns were eliminated from the first-half title chase in the South Division earlier in the month, Castillo played in key role in setting up drama in the league's other division.

After a rain delay of nearly 3 1/2 hours, the 24-year-old Castillo limited the Huntsville Stars' vaunted offense to three runs and seven hits in six innings of a 4-3 win that preserved a tie atop the North Division standings in the first-half finale. As a result, Huntsville's game against West Tenn on Tuesday will determine the first-half champion.

A native of Mexico, Castillo also carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning of a 9-5 win at Carolina on June 10. Castillo, who permitted just one baserunner through the first five frames before giving up a leadoff double in the sixth, allowed just the one hit and an unearned run in 6.2 innings.

Castillo is in his first season in Double-A after spending the entire 2007 season with Single-A Inland Empire. On the season, Castillo has posted a 3.30 ERA with 22 walks and 52 strikeouts over 76.1 innings.