The right-hander was only one of two GCL bullpen members to not allow an opposing home run all season. The other, Kyle Grana, also led the club with four saves to Villegas' two prior to his promotion to Johnson City. Grana and Jonathan Escudero, who had the best strikeout rate among the relievers at 12 per nine innings, were also worthy candidates.
2013 free agent signee Dylan Hawkins was the club's top left-handed reliever with a 2.61 ERA. Like Hawkins, lefty Ismael Brito had a solid 1.00 WHIP to go with his 2.81 ERA before his promotion to Johnson City.
After these five, there was a wide gulf in terms of ERA. The other four members of the pen all posted marks of 4.69 or greater.
Throughout the season, Villegas was the most consistently effective and reliable reliever to whom manager Steve Turco could turn. As a result, Villegas is The Cardinal Nation's 2013 Gulf Coast Cardinals Relief Pitcher of the Year.
Here are the aggregate numbers for the relief staff, listed in ascending ERA sequence.
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Link to master article with all 2013 award winners, team recaps and article schedules for the remainder of this series. Of course, that will include our selections as the Gulf Coast League Cardinals Starting Pitcher and Player of the Year.
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