South Aiken High School product Andrew Faulkner made 21 appearances before earning his first win as a professional pitcher. He didn’t waste time picking up win No. 2.
The 19-year-old lefty, who made the Hickory Crawdads roster out of spring training, got his first career win last weekend with three innings of relief in a home victory over the Lexington Legends.
His next outing came Friday night and shut out the West Virginia Power in three relief innings for another win.
The Texas Rangers’ 14th-round pick in 2011 signed in time to play in the Arizona Rookie League during last season. He pitched in 12 games and started in seven but failed to record a win.
Faulkner made nine more appearances, eight from the bullpen, this year in the South Atlantic League before picking up his two wins.
Hickory is scheduled to come to Augusta for a three-game series at Lake Olmstead Stadium on July 27-29.
REHAB RUMOR: Though no official announcement has been made, the Augusta GreenJackets could find themselves taking part in a possible minor league rehab appearance from Atlanta Braves star Chipper Jones.
Jones is on the 15-day disabled list and manager Fredi Gonzalez told the Atlanta Journal Constitution and MLB.com that at least one minor league rehab appearance might follow.
One of Jones’ options would be at the Single-A level with the Rome Braves, who are scheduled to play six consecutive games against the GreenJackets starting Friday. The teams will play a three-game series in Rome then meet again in Augusta for three more.
Jones suffered a bruised left calf in a game on May 18. The 40-year-old third baseman’s rehab options also include Atlanta’s three other active minor league affiliates, but the organization hasn’t hesitated to send rehabbing stars to the Single-A level.
Starting pitcher Tim Hudson started for Rome in the team’s home opener this season and gave up five earned runs on nine hits over four innings in a 9-3 loss to the Charleston RiverDogs.
The GreenJackets traveled to Rome three years ago and faced Tom Glavine in a similar rehab start. The former Braves star scattered three hits in six shutout innings for a 3-0 win.
MOVING UP: Former GreenJackets hurler Chris Heston was named the Eastern League’s Pitcher of the Week last week after posting two wins and allowing only one earned run over 14 innings.
He lowered his league-leading ERA to 0.70 to lead Double-A Richmond.
Heston was named a California League Pitcher of the Week almost exactly one year ago. He spent the 2010 season in Augusta and led the GreenJackets with 124 strikeouts in 148 innings.