Mason – a dominant force for Montgomery this season with a 14-4 record and 2.56 ERA in 26 starts – came within one game of the record with an impressive outing in the Biscuits' 8-3 victory over the Birmingham Barons on Wednesday night. The 23-year-old, who is establishing himself as one of the top overall prospects in the Tampa Bay farm system, allowed two runs on eight hits in six innings to earn his team-leading 14th victory.
For the season, Mason, the Devil Rays' second-round draft choice in 2005 out of the University of North-Carolina-Asheville, has only given up 139 hits and 49 runs, 43 of which were earned, while holding opponents to a .243 batting average. He is currently leading Montgomery – tied for first place in the Southern League South Division with a 36-23 since the All-Star break – starting pitchers in innings pitched (151.1), strikeouts (130) and WHIP (1.16).
If Mason, who is 4-1 with a 2.51 ERA in his last 10 outings, wins his next start, he will tie teammate Heath Rollins and current Tampa Bay starter Andy Sonnanstine – who each had 15 wins during stints with Single-A Columbus of the South Atlantic League – for the record.