Five Charleston starting pitchers make this week’s edition…

** Covering May 12th-May 18th games **

Brady Lail, 20, RHP, A
6 IP, 11 K, 0 BB, 4 H, 2 ER
Notable: 44 K / 6 BB in 43.2 IP

The Charleston Riverdogs’ starting pitching staff is putting up impressive numbers, and we’ve already seen Caleb Smith take home back-to-back MLPWs. This week numerous Riverdog hurlers pitched great, and in our view, 20-year old Brady Lail was the best of the bunch. The 2012 18th round pick struck out 11 in six innings on May 16th versus the Hickory Crawdads (Rangers Low-A affiliate). This was Lail’s fifth consecutive win.

In 43.2 IP, Lail’s K/BB stands out prominently. The Utah native has only walked 6 while whiffing 44, good for a K/BB of 7.33. That’s the 4th-best ratio in the South Atlantic League. Even better, his FIP of 2.28 ranks second. His ERA on the season is 3.30 and he’s keeping the ball on the ground with a 1.24 Groundout / Airout ratio.

Here’s an interview with him after his 11 K performance:

Greg Bird, 21, LHB 1B, A+
.364/.481/.636 in 27 PA
Notable: Best hitter in the SAL last season

Greg Bird is no stranger to MLPW, as he practically owned our weekly award last season. We also wrote about him in March as a “Minor Leaguer to Watch in 2014.” He is the best 1B prospect in the Yankees’ system.

The Colorado native tore up Low-A last season and was THE best hitter in the South Atlantic League, with a 170 wRC+. He also led the league in walks with 107, which was 33 more BB than the player in second.

He started late this season due to a back injury, but he’s off to a great start in High-A Tampa. The 2011 5th round pick is hitting .333/.442/.611 in 43 PA. And like last season, he’s already getting those BBs (7 walks vs. 8 K). He’s one to track very closely.

Honorable Mentions:

Caleb Smith, 22, LHP, A
6 IP, 8 K, 1 BB, 2 H, 0 ER

Could have won another MLPW with this start, 0.70 ERA is best in SAL

Dan Camarena, 21, LHP, A+
7 IP, 5 K, 2 BB, 4 H, 1 ER

2.83 ERA / 3.63 FIP in 41.1 IP

Ian Clarkin, 19, LHP, A
6 IP, 4 K, 0 BB, 4 H, 1 ER

2013 1st round pick, 1.15 ERA in 15.2 IP

Jairo Heredia, 24, RHP, AA
2.1 IP, 3 K, 0 BB, 0 H, 0 ER

25 K / 6 BB in 22.2 IP

Jaron Long, 22, RHP, A
7 IP, 5 K, 0 BB, 3 H, 0 ER

2.59 ERA in 31.1 IP

Luis Severino, 20, RHP, A
10 IP, 10 K, 2 BB, 3 H, 0 ER

Probably the most hyped of the Charleston starters, 1.95 ERA in 37 IP

Manny Barreda, 25, RHP, AA
2.1 IP, 2 K, 0 BB, 0 H, 0 ER

20 K / 8 BB in 22 IP

Mark Montgomery, 23, RHP, AAA
1 IP, 3 K, 0 BB, 1 H, 0 ER

22 K / 10 BB in 18.2 IP

Pat Venditte, 28, SHP, AAA
4.2 IP, 10 K, 0 BB, 1 H, 0 ER

Split between AA & AAA, was promoted during the week to Triple-A

Aaron Judge, 22, RHB RF, A
.304/.444/.391 in 27 PA

.853 OPS on the season, 2013 1st round pick (32nd overall)

Eric Jagielo, 22, LHB 3B, A+
.292/.393/.583 in 28 PA

.810 OPS on the season, 2013 first round pick (26th overall)

Jake Cave, 21, LHB CF, A+
.394/.460/.515 in 37 PA

.803 OPS on the season, 2011 6th round pick

Jose Rosario, 22, RHB OF, A
.470/.470/.765 in 17 PA

2009 international free agent out of the DR

Miguel Andujar, 19, RHB 3B, A
.346/.346/.615 in 26 PA

2011 international free agent out of the DR

Peter O’Brien, 23, RHB C/RF, AA
.263/.263/.684 in 19 PA

Has hit 5 HR in 34 PA since promoted to Double-A

Zach Wilson, 23, RHB RF, A+
.375/.464/.500 in 28 PA

.955 OPS at Tampa, but was demoted from Trenton after 8 games

**In the “Not-So-Good-News” Category…

In late April, we first highlighted Mason Williams’ tough start to the season. Unfortunately, the slide has only deepened and is now hitting .196/.287/.264 in 170 PA. Widely-considered one of the top prospects in the Yankees system, he could be on the verge of flaming out completely. Development issues still a problem in this organization.