OaklandClubhouse Pitcher of the Month: June
Stats: 27.2 IP, 2.93 ERA, 25:4 K:BB, 1 HR
Covey has been good all season, as evidenced by the fact that he was the Ports’ lone representative in the California League / Carolina League All-Star Game. June has been his best month to date. The right-hander not only posted an impressive ERA, he also put together his best K/9 and K:BB of any month this season. Covey has continued to improve his command and is starting to use his power arsenal to get swings-and-misses, in addition to groundballs. With now four months in the California League (dating back to last year) under his belt, Covey has proven that he can handle High-A. He looks ready for a new challenge in Double-A.
Joel Seddon, Stockton: 30 IP, 1.80 ERA, 19:5 K:BB, 1.03 WHIP
Seddon’s transition to a full-time starter has been a smooth one. He really hit his stride in June, allowing six runs all month in five starts. His last four starts went at least six innings, including his last start, during which he threw a career-high seven shut-out innings. Seddon has outstanding command and he has walked just 11 in 74 innings all season.
Ryan Dull, Midland: 11.2 IP, 0.00 ERA, 7:5 K:BB, 1.03 WHIP
Dull has been nearly unhittable all season. He has allowed exactly one run in 36 innings this season. June was more of the same for Dull, who didn’t allow a run all month. His strike-outs were a little down, but that’s just nit-picking at this point.
Ryan Doolittle, Midland: 13.2 IP, 1.98 ERA, 16:4 K:BB, 1.17 WHIP
Doolittle has put a slow start to the season well behind him with two straight outstanding months. He had his swing-and-miss stuff really working in June. Batters only hit .226 against Doolittle this month. He ERA for the year is down to 3.60 despite starting the year allowing nine runs over his first nine innings.
Tucker Healy, Midland: 11.1 IP, 0.00 ERA, 14:5 K:BB, 1 H, 0.53 WHIP
Like Dull, Healy pitched a shutout for the month of June. He allowed only one HIT the entire month and he struck-out more than a batter an inning. Healy has his ERA down to 2.14 and he has struck-out 39 in 33.2 innings this season.
Nate Long, Midland: 32 IP, 3.66 ERA, 25:9 K:BB, 1.19 WHIP
Long has been a workhorse for Midland the past two seasons for Midland and June was reflective of his M.O. with the RockHounds. He made five starts in June and threw six full innings in four of the five starts and pitched into the seventh inning in three of the five. Long was rewarded at the start of July with a much deserved promotion to Triple-A.
Barry Zito, Nashville: 32.2 IP, 3.31 ERA, 22:10 K:BB, 1.10 WHIP
Zito has gotten better as the season has gone on. His ERA was 5.96 in April, but he has put together an ERA of close to 3.00 in May and June. PCL hitters batted just .215 against him last month. He had a 1.10 WHIP and he posted his best K:BB of any month this season. Zito has a 3.84 ERA in 16 starts for Nashville this season.
Brad Mills, Nashville: 35.1 IP, 3.31 ERA, 25:10 K:BB, 1.22 WHIP
Like Zito, Mills has put together two consecutive excellent months after a rough April. Mills had his best BB/9 rate of any month this season and he pitched into the seventh inning in four of his six starts.
Others Considered: Brendan McCurry, Stockton: (10.1 IP, 0.87 ERA, 8:3 K:BB, 0.77 WHIP); Corey Walter, Stockton: (9.1 IP, 0.96 ERA, 13:1 K:BB, 0.64 WHIP); Brock Huntzinger, Nashville: (10 IP, 0.90 ERA, 11:5 K:BB, 1.00 WHIP); Koby Gauna, Beloit: (19 IP, 1.89 ERA, 9:1 K:BB, 2.62 GO/AO, 0.79 WHIP); Seth Frankoff, Midland: (9.2 IP, 2.79 ERA, 13:4 K:BB, 1.34 WHIP)