Reading Fightins right-hander Tyler Viza was selected as the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week for the period of August 27th-September 3rd. The 6’3”, 170 lb. hurler started a pair of games for the Fightin Phils last week and had a record of 1-1 with 16 strikeouts and a 0.60 ERA.
Viza, who is a native of Phoenix, Arizona, made his first start of the week on August 27th at Binghamton and threw seven shutout innings in Reading’s 7-0 victory. He scattered three hits and struck out 11 batters without allowing a walk to earn the win. His second start of the week came on Saturday night at Trenton when he threw a complete game in a 3-0 loss. He gave up three runs, one earned, on five hits while striking out five batters and walking one over eight innings of work.
The 23-year old led all Eastern League pitchers in strikeouts (16) and innings pitched (15.0) last week and tied for the lead in complete games (1). He also finished ranked among the weekly leaders in WHIP (0.60-3rd), batting average against (.157-3rd), ERA (0.60-5th), and wins (1-tied 5th).
Viza is 3-5 with a 2.75 ERA in 19 appearances – 11 0f them starts – with Reading this season, was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the third round of the 2013 draft out of Desert Vista High School in Arizona.