The Cardinal Nation April Pitcher of Month

Scott Gorgen has been the ace of a Springfield Cardinals team that is tied for the most victories in the Texas League.

Springfield's Scott Gorgen is off to a tremendous start in the hitter-friendly Texas League. The St. Louis Cardinals fourth round selection in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft has proven to be the early season ace for the team that is tied for the most victories in the Double-A circuit.

On April 11, the 22-year-old got his season off on the right track on the road at Midland. Gorgen allowed only one run on five hits to pick up his first victory of 2010. Six days later, the 5-foot-10, 190-pounder made his season debut at home at Hammons Field. Against an always-tough Frisco lineup, Gorgen did not have his best stuff but worked around some adversity to fortify his second win. In five innings of work, the Rough Riders managed three runs, only one earned, on five hits and two walks.

Back on the road at Tulsa on the 23rd, Gorgen had his best game of the young season to seal victory number three. Against the Drillers, the right-hander gave up one run on only four hits in a seven-inning outing. He struck out a season-high eight batters while allowing two free passes. His fourth victory would also be his Springfield team's final win of the month of April. In 5 2/3 innings on Wednesday, Gorgen allowed only one earned run while striking out seven Northwest Arkansas batters.

For the month and season, Gorgen is 4-0 with a 1.59 ERA. In 22 2/3 innings, the former University of California-Irvine hurler has 23 strikeouts compared to only eight walks. His win total paces the Texas League while his ERA and strikeout total is the fourth best in the circuit.

Honorable Mention

Scott Schneider is proving his professional debut in 2009 was no fluke. The right-hander has made five appearances including three starts for the Quad Cities River Bandits and has been nothing short of exceptional. In 23 innings, the 21-year-old has posted an anemic 0.39 ERA while holding the opposition to a .128 average. Along the way, he has racked up 22 strikeouts compared to only six walks. His ERA is the best mark in all of the Midwest League. Schneider was named the Cardinals organizational Pitcher of the Month on Saturday.

Casey Mulligan may not be perfect but he is pretty close. The former catcher has allowed only six hits in 10 shutout relief innings with A-Advanced Palm Beach to start the season. The 22-year-old has whiffed an impressive 19 batters while allowing only two free passes. The Florida State League is hitting only .162 against him while he averages 16.55 strikeouts per nine innings.

Though he has had a hiccup or two, Shelby Miller has been totally dominant at times. The Cardinals 2009 first round pick has racked up 26 strikeouts in only 14 innings of work for Quad Cities. The 19-year-old has a K/9 mark of 15.95 and a groundball-to-fly ball ratio of 4-to-1.

Gorgen's teammate Eduardo Sanchez has shortened many of the Double-A Cardinals games. The fireballer has saved five contests while posting a minuscule 0.73 ERA.

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The Cardinal Nation April Player of the Month is Jon Jay. link to article

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