INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Indians left-hander Adam Wilk has been named the International League’s Pitcher of the Week for the period of June 30- July 6. The lone lefty of the Tribe’s rotation went 1-1 with a 1.20 ERA (2 ER/15.0 IP) in two starts last week, including tossing his first career nine-inning, complete-game shutout in a five-hit blanking of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs on Sunday.
Wilk, who is just one season removed from pitching overseas in the Korean Baseball Futures League, authored last night’s masterpiece by facing a mere five batters above the minimum 27 through the nine-inning effort. The Indians’ southpaw held the IronPigs to four singles and one double through the first eight frames, and after issuing his lone walk of the contest with one out in the ninth inning, erased the potential threat by converting a comebacker to the mound into a game-winning doubleplay. Wilk struck out four in his 109-pitch (80 strikes) gem.
The nine-inning complete game marked just the ninth such shutout by a Tribe pitcher at Victory Field and the second by an Indians starter this season, joining Triple-A rookie A.J. Morris’ blanking of the Durham Bulls on June 13.
Wilk’s award-winning week also featured a tough-luck loss to the Toledo Mud Hens on July 1 at Victory Field. The Indians’ left-hander authored a quality start in that outing with just two earned runs (four runs) through six innings of work, and his season high-tying eight strikeouts ranked just one punchout shy of his career-best mark. With both of his strong appearances, Wilk concluded the week ranked tied for first in all of the minors with 15 innings pitched, and third among IL pitchers with 12 strikeouts.
Wilk is the first Tribe pitcher to win the award since Morris took home the honors on June 16. In addition, Wilk’s accolade also gives the Tribe an IL-best four weekly awards this season (Gregory Polanco, April 7-13, May 12-18; Morris, June 9-15).