Oakland A's Minor League Pitcher of the Month – May
Stats: 0.64 ERA, 23:5 K:BB, 11 H in 14 IP
Healy has made a mockery of the "challenge" of pitching in the pros since making his debut in 2012. His dominance continued in May, when he smothered hitters at both the High-A and Double-A levels. Healy relies on a fastball with lots of movement and excellent command to keep hitters from making good – or any – contact.
Last season, Healy posted a 1.31 ERA with a 74:10 K:BB in 48 innings for Low-A Beloit and High-A Stockton. Thus far this year, he has managed to top that performance. In 27.1 innings for Stockton and Double-A Midland, Healy has an 0.99 ERA and a 43:7 K:BB. He has allowed just one homerun and opposing batters are hitting only .165 against him.
Kyle Finnegan, Beloit Snappers (4-0 in 6 GS, 2.25 ERA, 25 H, 21:14 K:BB in 36 IP): Despite working through some changes to his mechanics, Finnegan has still put together a solid year for the Snappers. He hasn't struck-out a ton of batters, but that should come in time given the quality of his fastball. What Finnegan has done well is keep batters off-balance. He has induced a lot of weak contact and that has allowed him to work deep into games. Finnegan lasted at least six innings in each of his last four starts in May. He was named to the Midwest League All-Star game earlier this week.
Seth Frankoff, Midland RockHounds (2.03 ERA, 16:3 K:BB, 9 H in 13.1 IP): The jump to Double-A has been a smooth one for Frankoff thus far, as he turned in a second straight outstanding month as the RockHounds' primary closer. He saved five games for a second straight month and he continued his outstanding K:BB and K/9 rates. On the year, he has a 37:7 K:BB in 26 innings and a 2.42 GO/AO.
Nate Long, Midland RockHounds (2.36 ERA, 26:9 K:BB, 23 H in 34.1 IP): Long has quietly been a life-saver for Midland's rotation, which has had to cope with injuries to top starters Raul Alcantara and Tanner Peters and the promotion of Zach Neal (although Neal is now back with the team). Long allowed more than two runs in only one start in May and each of his last three starts in the month went at least six innings. Opposing batters are hitting only .195 against him on the year.
Michael Ynoa, Stockton Ports (2.87 ERA, 24:7 K:BB, 11 H. 1.20 GO/AO in 15.2 IP): April was borderline disastrous for Ynoa, who allowed seven runs in 3.2 innings before being shelved with a bicep injury. He righted the ship nicely in May, striking out 24 in 15.2 innings and holding opposing batters to a .194 average. He allowed two runs in his first May outing and then allowed only two more runs the rest of the month.
Jeremy McBryde, Sacramento River Cats (1.15 ERA, 4 H, 18:5 K:BB in 15.2 IP): Like Ynoa, McBryde had a forgettable April, but he became one of the River Cats' most reliable relievers in May. The former Padres' prospect showed excellent command in May and he improved his groundball rate significantly. Hitters batted .083 against him last month.
Matt Buschmann, Stockton Ports/Sacramento River Cats (3.12 ERA, 35:14 K:BB in 34.2 IP); Austin House, Stockton Ports (4.63 ERA, 21:2 K:BB, 1.33 GO/AO, 4 SV in 11.2 IP); Andres Avila, Beloit Snappers (1.54 ERA, 10:1 K:BB, 5 SV in 11.2 IP); Dylan Covey, Beloit Snappers (2.81 ERA, 2.52 GO/AO, .198 BAA in 32 IP)