Birdhouse MiLB Pitcher of the Month: July

John Wasdin's resurgence in the Memphis Redbirds' starting rotation led the right-hander to a 3-0 mark and 2.57 ERA and a team-high 31 strikeouts. He joins teammates, Jason Motte and Josh Phelps as the Redbirds sweep the Birdhouse's monthly; pitcher, reliever & player awards.

The Cardinals signed the 35-year-old Wasdin, during the off season with the intention that he could potentially provide the Cardinals with relief depth during the 2008 campaign.

The previous season he broke spring camp with the Pittsburgh Pirates to start an injury-plagued 2007 season. He totaled 12 relief outings for the Pirates (1-1, 5.95 ERA) and was shut down for the season in late July due to a right wrist sprain.

Prior to this season, Wasdin has appeared in 328 games (65 starts) at the big-league level and owns a 39-39 record with seven saves and a 5.28 ERA. A perfect game ranks among Wasdin's career highlights, as he tossed one on April 7, 2003 while with the Triple-A Nashville Sounds. He attended Florida State University and pitched in the 1991 College World Series as a freshman.

This season, he got off to a slow start in spring training because of shoulder irritation that kept him making the major league club and from actually appearing in any games with the St. Louis Cardinals in Florida.

Despite being the first Memphis Redbird starter to win a game this season, back in April, Wasdin has worked out mostly in the bullpen.

Appearing in 35 games to date, John has only made eight starts this season, with three of those starts coming in July, when the Redbirds needed someone to step up and fill some holes in the bullpen, with all the roster moves and pitchers moving up and back to St. Louis.

Wasdin walks away with this month's award, because he came out of the bullpen when perhaps you least expected it and responded with three consecutive big wins during the month after returning to the rotation.

He finished the month of July with nine appearances, including three starts, posting a 3-0 record and a 2.57 ERA.

What was remarkable, besides these key wins coming from an unexpected source was, Wasdin held opposing batters to a .202 batting average in July, walking only four batters in 28 innings pitched, while striking out an amazing 31 batters. These are not typos, walked four (4), struck out thirty one (31).

Wasdin joins teammates; right-handed reliever Jason Motte and and first baseman, Josh Phelps, the Birdhouse's "Reliever of the Month" & "Player of the Month" respectively, as for the first time, teammates from the same team sweeps the three monthly Birdhouse awards.

Brian Walton contributed to this report.

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