The Cardinal Nation May Starter of the Month

Among many contenders, Luis Perdomo is our choice as the Cards’ top minors starting pitcher in May.

As I mentioned in the Player of the Month article, the list of contending pitchers for the monthly Starting Pitcher of the Month award was a lot longer. Several pitchers within the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system had a strong May. Innings pitched and level of competition are a couple of factors that I weigh when selecting the winner.

Perdomo

This month’s winner comes from the Peoria Chiefs and is the current Pitcher of the Week for the Midwest League. Luis Perdomo went 2-4 in May, but had an ERA of 1.42, the lowest of any pitcher in the organization who threw more than 16 innings. The 22-year old Dominican Republic native also struck out 33 batters, tops in the organization for May. In his five starts, Perdomo pitched into the seventh inning three times and once through eight innings. His final outing in May is probably what sealed the deal as he went eight innings and allowed just three hits while striking out nine on May 29th.

Perdomo has made eight total starts for Peoria this season and has a 2-4 record but has held opponents to a .223 batting average against while allowing just under a run and a half per nine innings (1.48 ERA). In 2014, Perdomo bounced around the system making stops at Short Season State College, High-A Palm Beach, and Peoria. 11 of his 14 appearances came in the Midwest League, his current home in 2015.

May system-wide stat leaders

Earned Run Average (minimum 20 IP)
Luis Perdomo, Peo – 1.42
Trey Nielsen, PB – 1.69
Jimmy Reed, PB – 1.93
Zach Petrick, Mem – 1.95
Daniel Poncedeleon, Peo – 2.01

Strikeouts
Luis Perdomo, Peo – 33
Austin Gomber, Peo – 31
Alex Reyes, PB – 31
Zach Petrick, Mem – 28
Rob Kaminsky, PB – 25

Wins
Daniel Poncedeleon, Peo – 5
Tim Cooney, Mem – 4
Jimmy Reed, PB – 4
Austin Gomber, Peo – 4
Trey Nielsen, PB – 4

WHIP (minimum 20 IP)
Austin Gomber, Peo – 0.78
Tim Cooney, Mem – 0.78
Jimmy Reed, PB – 0.87
Tyler Waldron, Mem – 0.90
Zach Petrick, Mem – 1.00

Honorable Mentions

Jimmy Reed was a close second in our Pitcher of the Month rankings. The University of Maryland and Cardinals’ sixth round pick in 2013 made five starts for Palm Beach in May and pitched at least seven innings in three starts, including a complete game on May 22nd, his second CG of the season. On June 1st, Reed was promoted to Double-A Springfield, a move that was expected.

As you can see from the stat categories above, several other pitchers, including Zach Petrick, Austin Gomber, Trey Nielsen, and Daniel Poncedeleon had a strong month. Poncedeleon has the early lead on June’s Pitcher of the Month as he tossed eight scoreless innings on the 1st.

Coming Soon

The Cardinal Nation’s May Relief Pitcher of the Month will be named in the next couple of days, as well as a monthly review looking at team results, hot/cold players, and key roster moves throughout the month of May.

Prior Winners

Listed below are The Cardinal Nation’s Starting Pitcher of the Month, Relief Pitcher of the Month and Player of the Month selections and links to those earlier articles. The St. Louis Cardinals organizational winners are included, as well.

  Pitcher of Month Starter of Month Reliever of Month  
2015 Cards organization The Cardinal Nation The Cardinal Nation 2015
April  Alex Reyes Daniel Poncedeleon Kyle Grana April 
May   Luis Perdomo   May
June       June
July       July
Aug       Aug
         
  Player of Month      
2015 Cards organization The Cardinal Nation   2015
April  Xavier Scruggs Xavier Scruggs   April 
May   Ed Easley   May
June       June
July       July
Aug       Aug

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