Joel Hanrahan, RHP, Jacksonville… So far, Hanrahan is looking more and more like the pitcher who was the Southern League Pitcher of the Year in 2003. He had his best start yet May 25 when he threw seven innings allowing only two hits and a single run against Huntsville. He walked only two and struck out six in that contest. For the season, he's now 4-2 with a 3.17 ERA, having struck out 44 batters in 48 innings.
Previous winners-- Pitchers May 22 - RHP Justin Orenduff, Jacksonville May 15 - LHP Alberto Bastardo, Vero Beach May 9 - LHP Brent Leach, Columbus April 30 - RHP Chad Billingsley, Las Vegas April 24 -RHP Mark Alexander, Vero Beach April 17 - LHP Matt Merricks, Vero Beach April 10 - RHP Alberto Bastardo, Columbus Batters May 22 - 3B Andy LaRoche, Jacksonville May 15 - 2B Blake DeWitt, Vero Beach May 9 - 1B David Sutherland, Columbus April 30 - OF Sergio Pedroza, Columbus April 24 - CF Matt Kemp, Jacksonville April 17 - LF Ryan Carter, Columbus April 10 - 3B Willy Aybar, Las Vegas