Will Inman tossed five shutout innings against the Northwest Arkansas Naturals in San Antonio on April 4 giving the Missions their first victory of the season. Inman allowed three hits and struck out five in the 3-0 win over the Naturals. On April 10, Inman repeated his performance of tossing five shutout innings again against the Naturals in their first ever game at Arvest Ballpark. That night Inman held the Naturals to just one hit and four strikeouts to give the Missions the 7-1 victory.
The 21-year-old Virginia native was originally drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 3rd round of the 2005 draft. Last season, Inman was traded to the Padres organization in exchange for Scott Linebrink. Inman joined the Missions last season and was 3-3 4.17 ERA and helped lead the Missions to 2007 Texas League Championship. Inman struck out 180 batters in 159.1 innings last season and finished second in all of Minor League Baseball.
This is the second straight season that the Missions have had a pitcher win Texas League Pitcher of the Week honors in the first week of the season. Last year LHP Sean Thompson earned the honors and the Missions were honored a total of five times with Cesar Ramos and Josh Geer each picking up the honor twice during the year.