Rome Braves starter and No.4 prospect AJ Smith-Shawver was named the South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week for April 24-30.
En route to recording his first High-A win on Friday, Smith-Shawver tossed five innings, allowing just one hit and punching out six against the Greensboro Grasshoppers. The bullpen preserved the shutout as Rome topped the Hoppers 6-0.
Smith-Shawver, a seventh-round pick out of Colleyville Heritage Highschool in 2021, currently owns a 14-inning scoreless streak since making his High-A and season debut with Rome on April 16th. Through three starts, the right hander currently sports a 0.71 WHIP and 23:4 K:BB to accompany his pristine ERA. The Atlanta top prospect is the first Rome Brave to receive the award since Luis de Avila threw a no-hitter on July 2nd of last year.