In his debut in Lakewood, Freddy Ballestas made a strong impression throughout the South Atlantic League. Ballestas started the resumed portion of a suspended game on Saturday where he came in to start the fourth inning. He went five innings, allowed just two hits, no walks, while striking out eight batters. He did not allow a run in the no decision. By virtue of that performance, Ballestas was named the South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week for the week that ran from June 22-28th. Ballestas, recently promoted from Williamsport, will be a key member of the BlueClaws bullpen in the second half of the season.
Jason Knapp was the only other BlueClaws player this season to be named as the Pitcher of the Week in the SAL after his 7-inning 14k performance.
Jonathan Pettibone, of the Willaimsport Crosscutters, was named as the New-York Penn League Pitcher of the Week, as he went 11 innings of shutout baseball with 12 strikeouts and three walks.