GCL Cardinals Starter of the Year: 2010

Only a sore shoulder could slow Javier Avendano from completely mastering Gulf Coast League hitters.

Only a sore shoulder could slow down the Gulf Coast Cardinals' Javier Avendano. The right-hander missed nearly a month from mid-July through mid-August. When on the mound, the 20-year-old dominated the competition on his way to being named the Gulf Coast Cardinals Starter of the Year.

Though Avendano did not register a decision, he posted numbers that were quite eye catching. In 10 games including eight starts, he posted an ERA of 1.35 while holding his opponents to a .179 average. He racked up 52 strikeouts in 40 innings while allowing only 14 walks. The Venezuelan allowed only six earned runs on 26 hits and only one home run.

Avendano finished with a WHIP of 1.00 and of the GCL Cardinal regulars, his H/9 of 5.8 tied him with Manuel De La Cruz for the top mark on the team. His 11.7 K/9 was the second best mark on the team while his K/BB ratio of 3.71 ranked fourth on the club. For his effort, he was rewarded with a late season promotion to Batavia where he made one start.

Honorable Mention

Jose Pasen led the team in innings and starts while finishing with a 4-4 and a 3.25 ERA. His four victories tied for the team lead. The Dominican ended the season with a strikeout-to-walk ratio of better than three and a WHIP of 1.084.

Southpaw Ben Freeman enjoyed the home cooking during his first professional season. The Florida native made nine starts while posting a 3.63 in those appearances. He held opponents to a .257 average against when starting while lefties hit only .129 against him. Freeman finished with a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 2.31-to-1.

Bryan Martinez caused quite a stir after being promoted from the Dominican Summer League. The 19-year-old finished with an ERA of 1.41 in six starts while getting twice as many groundball outs. His best outing came on August 3 against the Astros. The right-hander struck out 10 in seven shutout innings, allowing only one hit on the day.

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