OaklandClubhouse Pitcher of the Month: July
Brendan McCurry, Midland RockHounds/ Stockton Ports:
Stats: 10 G, 0.00 ERA, 14 IP, 4 H, 17:2 K:BB, 7 SV
McCurry had a perfect month in nearly every sense of the word. He converted all seven of his save chances for the Stockton Ports and didn’t allow a run. He then parlayed that performance into a late-month promotion to Double-A. McCurry becomes the first member of the A’s 2014 draft class to reach Double-A this season (Matt Chapman played for the RockHounds at the tail-end of last season but has been with Stockton throughout 2015). McCurry hasn’t blinked since reaching Double-A. In two appearances for Midland, he has allowed one hit and he has struck-out four. For the year, McCurry has a 1.82 ERA in 49.1 innings. He has struck-out 60, walked just 11 and converted 21 of 22 save opportunities.
Ryan Dull, Nashville Sounds/ Midland RockHounds: 12 G, 1.93 ERA, 3 R, 14 IP, 19 K, 3 BB, 6 SV
At long last, Dull received a promotion to Triple-A at the end of July. He left Midland with a 0.60 ERA and a 12-for-12 record in save situations. This July was actually one of Dull’s least impressive months with Midland. That he allowed just two runs in 10 innings in July tells the story of how impressive he has been throughout the season. He already has seven strike-outs over his first four innings of Triple-A baseball.
Carlos Navas, Beloit Snappers: 11 G, 0.00 ERA, 18.1 IP, 23:2 K:BB, .131 BAA
Navas is starting to be mentioned alongside the McCurrys and Dulls of the system as breakthrough relief prospects. The right-hander had his best month to date in July, not allowing a single run and striking out well more than a batter an inning. Navas’ command has been especially impressive this season. He has walked just 15 in 55 innings this season and last walked a batter on July 5.
Angel Duno, AZL A’s: 5 GS, 2.52 ERA, 25 IP, 24:3 K:BB, .217 BAA
Duno is also starting to gain notice. In his first season pitching in the US, Duno has been impressive in the Arizona Rookie League. He has a 2.93 ERA in 40 innings this season and has walked just three in 40 innings pitched. In July, Duno increased his strike-out rate while dropping his BAA from .338 to .217.
Zach Neal, Nashville Sounds: 1.80 ERA, 5 GS, 35 IP, 12:3 K:BB, .238 BAA
Neal has been 'Mr. Efficient' for the Sounds this season, working regularly deep into games by keeping his pitch count low. In July, the right-hander averaged seven innings a start. He didn’t strike-out many, but he walked only three and avoided a lot of hard contact. Neal’s streak of seven-inning starts came to an end on Sunday at five. For the season, nine of his 21 starts have gone at least seven innings.
Tucker Healy, Midland RockHounds: 0.00 ERA, 12 G, 13.1 IP, 8:7 K:BB, .098 BAA
Healy didn’t have the eye-popping strike-out numbers in July one has come to associate with him, but he was still extremely effective. Texas League batters are hitting just .138 against him this season and managed only four hits in 13.1 innings in July. Healy hasn’t allowed a run since May 25 and he has lowered his season ERA to 1.57 in the process. He has an 0.93 WHIP and has 46 strike-outs in 46 innings.
Barry Zito, Nashville Sounds: (5 GS, 3.41 ERA, 29 IP, 17 K, .245 BAA); Seth Frankoff, Midland RockHounds: (10 G, 1.42 ERA, 12.2 IP, 12:2 K:BB, .159 BAA); Corey Walter, Stockton Ports: (11 G, 0.68 ERA, 13.1 IP, 10:3 K:BB, .200 BAA); Raul Alcantara, Stockton Ports: (5 GS, 2.25 ERA, 18.1 IP, 11:1 K:BB, .246 BAA); Matt Stalcup, Stockton Ports: (6 GS, 3.34 ERA, 29.2 IP, 28:9 K:BB, .231 BAA); Daniel Gossett, Beloit Snappers: (5 GS, 3.26 ERA, 30.1 IP, 19:7 K:BB, .214 BAA); Bubba Derby, Vermont Lake Monsters: (5 G, 3 GS, 1.23 ERA, 14.2 IP, 16:3 K:BB, .163 BAA); Argenis Blanco, AZL A’s: (6 G, 1 GS, 1.98 ERA, 27.1 IP, 18:5 K:BB, .274 BAA)