Charleston RiverDogs starting pitcher Graham Stoneburner has been named the South Atlantic League (SAL) Pitcher of the Week, the league office announced Monday.
Stoneburner, who is currently rated as the No. 21 prospect in the Yankees farm system according to Baseball America, threw 14.0 innings over two starts this past week, allowing two total runs on 11 hits, while walking three and striking out 16. It marks the first weekly honor for a RiverDog this season.
The former Clemson standout enjoyed his best professional start on April 24 against Rome, firing a career-best 8.0 innings while giving up just one earned run on three hits with no walks and a career-high tying eight punchouts. The Richmond, Va. native also retired 20 consecutive batters between the second and eighth innings in the outing.
A 14th round pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, Stoneburner leads the league in strikeouts (30) through 18 games, while ranking fifth in the circuit in innings pitched (25.2).
The Yankees spent 2nd round money to sign Stoneburner last year – despite being a 14th round pick. (Reportedly, on talent alone, he was closer to a 2nd round pick – but, he went late because he had the leverage to stay in school.)
It will be interesting to see if Graham Stoneburner soon passes pitchers like Jeremy Bleich, Andrew Brackman, Adam Warren and Ryan Pope – who the Yankees also recently drafted in much higher rounds.