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OaklandClubhouse's MiLB Pitcher of the Month: June

Who were the top pitchers in the Oakland A's system for the month of June?


Kyle Friedrichs, Stockton Ports

31 IP, 2.61 ERA, 33 H, 31 K, 1 BB 

It was a rude welcome to the California League for Friedrichs, but since a bad first start, it has been smooth-sailing for the Stockton Ports’ right-hander. Friedrichs posted a 1.25 ERA in 50.1 innings with the Beloit Snappers, but he allowed more earned runs in his first Cal League start than he did in 10 Midwest League outings total. After absorbing nine earned runs in 1.2 innings, Friedrichs righted the ship and has put together six straight outstanding starts for Stockton.

In July alone, Friedrichs worked at least six innings in all four of his starts. He struck-out a batter an inning and walked only ONE the entire month. He also posted a 1.10 WHIP and a 1.44 GO/AO. Friedrichs got his July off to a good start, as well, tossing seven shutout innings on Sunday. His ERA in the Cal League is down to 4.08 after it was at 48.60 after his first start. Minus that first outing, Friedrichs has a 2.13 Cal League ERA. For the season, the Long Beach State alum has a 2.50 ERA and a 74:8 K:BB in 90 innings.

Runners Up 

Heath Fillmyer, Stockton: 28 IP, 2.57 ERA, 31 H, 28 K, 11 BB

June was another strong month for Fillmyer, who didn’t allow more than one earned run in an appearance until his final outing of the month. That outing came in relief of rehabbing starter Rich Hill, which may have thrown Fillmyer off of his routine. In any case, Fillmyer continues to show a fastball with electric movement, as well as a diving bombing change-up and breaking ball with bite.

Corey Walter, Midland: 21 IP, 2.57 ERA, 22 H, 10 K, 3 BB

An innings limit has kept Walter to four inning for most of his starts, but that shouldn’t diminish how effective the right-hander has been for the RockHounds all season. June was Walter’s third straight month with an ERA of 2.63 or lower. He has been a groundball machine and Texas League hitters have had fits trying to hit anything hard off of the West Virginia alum. Walter has only 37 strike-outs in 65 innings this season, but he has walked just 10 and has allowed only one homerun. His four scoreless innings on Sunday extended his streak of scoreless outings to four (17 innings).

Dillon Overton, Nashville: 27.1 IP, 0.99 ERA, 17 H, 21 K, 9 BB

Overton’s first two big league starts were up-and-down, but his work for Nashville in June was exemplary. The left-hander allowed just three earned runs in 27.1 innings over four starts. All three of those earned runs came in his first start of the month. Overton returned to Nashville over the weekend after a rough second start for the A’s, but he is likely to get another shot in the big leagues before the end of the year.

Bobby Wahl, Midland: 9.2 IP, 0.00 ERA, 4 H, 14 K, 3 BB

Wahl has quietly dominated for the RockHounds since mid-May. The hard-throwing right-hander didn’t allow a run in June, striking out 14 in 9.2 innings and walking only three. In 28.1 innings for the RockHounds this year, Wahl has allowed just 21 hits and two homeruns. His GO/AO is 1.56 and he has been much more economical with his pitches over the past few weeks. He is a candidate to get a look in the A’s bullpen by the end of the year.

Others considered

Brendan Butler, Vermont: 16 IP, 1.13 ERA, 14 H, 13 K, 1 BB; Alexander Calderon, DSL A’s: 27 IP, 2.33 ERA, 30 H, 25 K, 8 BB; Joey Wagman, Stockton: 18 IP, 2.50 ERA, 19 H, 15 K, 4 BB; Aaron Kurcz, Nashville: 14.2 IP, 1.84 ERA, 7 H, 10 K, 4 BB; Tucker Healy, Nashville: 10 IP, 1.80 ERA, 3 H, 15 K, 5 BB

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