The Cincinnati Reds farm system has had several weekly award winners this year and they can go ahead and add another one to the list. Graham Ashcraft was named as the High-A Central Pitcher of the Week for his performance last week against the Lake County Captains. In his only start of the week Ashcraft was charged with an unearned run while allowing two hits, a walk, and he struck out nine batters in 7.0 innings.
That outing was his second consecutive appearance with no earned runs after he fired out 5.0 shutout innings the week before against Quad Cities. For Graham Ashcraft the performance last week dropped his ERA to 3.25 on the season through six starts. He’s thrown 27.2 innings, going 3-1 in the process while allowing 24 hits, no home runs, walking nine batters, and he’s struck out 38 of the 120 hitters that he’s faced this year. One of the reasons he’s kept the ball in the ballpark all year, aside from plenty of strikeouts, is his 56.1% groundball rate.
Among the Dayton Dragons, Ashcraft is the third player to win a weekly award. Brian Rey won the Hitter of the Week Award in each of the first two weeks of the season. Lyon Richardson also won the Pitcher of the Week Award in the first week of the season. Hunter Greene and Nick Lodolo also won Pitcher of the Week in the Double-A South during May. Lodolo even earned Pitcher of the Month for May.
Nick Lodolo set to start this week
This past week the Chattanooga Lookouts skipped Nick Lodolo in the rotation. He had left his previous start in the 5th inning with a blister on his pitching hand. On Monday afternoon the Lookouts shared their rotation for the upcoming week and the Cincinnati Reds 2nd rated prospect was listed as the probable starter for Saturday. Obviously things could change between now and Saturday with regards to the blister, but it seems that the organization is confident that he’ll be ready to go this time around.