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Minors Matters: Roansy Contreras wins Pitcher of the Week

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The young hurler continues to shine in Altoona.

MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates-Media Day USA TODAY NETWORK

Pittsburgh Pirates pitching prospect Roansy Contreras has been having himself a pretty good season so far at Double-A Altoona, and it was recognized yesterday when he was named Double-A Northeast League Pitcher of the Week.

Contreras is 2-0 in three starts at Altoona and has yet to allow a single run on the season, for a sparkling ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 0.566. He’s struck out 28 batters in his 17 innings pitched and has walked jut three on the season thus far.

In his lone start of the week, he went six and two-thirds, striking out six and walking no one, which is what spurned the receipt of this award.

Contreras was ranked number 20 on our list of prospects last week, though that’s likely to be changing quite quickly if he continues to pitch like this. Robert Kelley will continue to curate that list when he returns from vacation.

But with Contreras red hot and pushing his fastball into the upper 90s, the 21-year-old who came over from the New York Yankees in the deal for Jameson Taillon is right now looking like a potential future difference maker. We’ll continue to update you on the goings on in the Minor League as the season rolls on, so make sure you’re keeping an eye on Contreras!