"Minor League Pitcher of the Month" - April

Quad Cities' reliever Casey Mulligan swept the "Minor League Pitcher of the Month" honors this week, being named the Cardinals' organizational & the Birdhouse "Pitcher of the Month" for April, as the stock of this converted catcher begins to rise as he becomes a legitimate pitching prospect.

The converted catcher, has been dominating early in the season, even more impressive is the fact that eight of his nine appearances have been hitless outings. All three hits and the lone run that Mulligan has given up came in the same game - a ninth-inning stint in Beloit on April 21 in which he entered with a 15-1 lead.

Selected in the 22nd round (676th overall) of the June, 2006 First-Year Player Draft. Mulligan converted from catching to pitching in June, of last season.

Mulligan pitched 38 2/3 innings over 30 games primarily for the A-Advanced Palm Beach Cardinals in his first professional season on the mound. He posted a record of 2-1 with a 3.03 ERA, 44-18 K/BB ratio in 38.2 IP for Palm Beach & GCL.

This past month Mulligan posted a record of 1-0 with six saves for the Cardinals' Class-A affiliate. He appeared in 9.0 innings over nine games and allowed only one run (1.00 ERA). He walked two, fanned 17 and had just an .097 opponent's average against.

Look for an early promotion for this catcher this season as his stock as a pitching prospect begins to rise.

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