Cheryl Pursell

Zach Eflin of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs has been named the International League Pitcher of the Week

Zach Eflin has made his mark in the International League early in the season and backed it up with a two-hitter against Rochester on Sunday. His two wins during the past week were good enough to make him the IL Pitcher of the Week.

With a huge, two-hit performance against Rochester on Sunday, Zach Eflin cemented his first International League Pitcher of the Week honor. On Sunday, Eflin threw eight shutout innings against the Red Wings in Lehigh Valley's 3-0 win to sweep the two-game series. Eflin, 22, made two starts for Lehigh Valley, going 2-0 with a combined 0.64 ERA in the two starts, both of which were against Rochester. 

In Sunday's dominating outing, Eflin went eight innings, allowed two hits, no walks, struck out five and retired the final 17 batters that he faced. Edward Mujica came on in the ninth to record the save. On the week, Eflin pitched 14 innings, allowing just seven hits and two walks, while striking out eight hitters in his two appearances against Rochester. Opponents - in other words, the Red Wings - are batting just .159 against him in his two outings so far this season.

Eflin was originally the 33rd overall pick of the San Diego Padres in 2012 and was dealt to the Dodgers in the Matt Kemp deal on December 18, 2014. The next day, the Dodgers packaged Eflin and pitcher Tom Windle in a deal for shortstop Jimmy Rollins. Eflin went 8-6 in 23 starts with Reading last season with a 3.69 ERA for the Fightins. Windle is pitching out of the Reading bullpen, while Rollins became a free agent following the 2015 season and signed with the Chicago White Sox during the offseason.

The next scheduled outing for Eflin is Friday when the IronPigs play in Pawtucket.

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