MadFriars' Pitchers of the Month: August

Jason Ray and Jerry Sullivan shined out of the bullpen. Matt Wisler continues to perform in Fort Wayne along with his winter roommate Justin Hancock in Eugene and Josh Geer comes back to the pitchers of the month in San Antonio.

Tucson RHP/RP Jason Ray 0-0 0.00 ERA

Closer Jason Ray was a perfect three for three in save opportunities and didn't allow a single run, either earned or unearned in 12 games and 13.1 innings pitched with a 15/2 K/BB ratio. Ray, who came over from the A's organization in 2011, has toddled between AA and AAA for the past two years.

Prospect Watch: LHP/SP Andrew Werner is the type of player that everyone likes to write about. Undrafted free agent, veteran of the Evansville Otters and Windy City ThunderBolts of the Frontier League in 2009 and 2010 and he has a fastball that relies more on guile than velocity.

Matt Palmer had an ERA of 1.84 in Tucson.

But he is also the quintessential "crafty lefty" in that he knows how to work with what he's got, mixing speeds and keeping the batters off balance. In three starts in Tucson he had a 17/3 K/BB ratio while giving up 8 earned runs in the hitter friendly parks of the PCL South before being called up to San Diego.

RHP Nick Vincent had a 2.70 ERA and a pair of saves in two opportunities in his brief sojourn in Tucson. RHP/SP Matt Palmer before getting injured pitched very well in limited action with a 1.84 ERA in three starts and 14.2 innings pitched.

Disappointments: RHP/RP Erik Hamren was 0-2 with a 8.74 ERA giving up 11 earned runs in 11.1 innings pitched.

San Antonio RHP/SP Josh Geer 1-2 3.52 ERA

Batters are going to make contact with Geer because he relies upon pounding the zone with his sinker as he gave up 41 hits in 30.2 innings pitched but he also gave up only 12 earned runs. Geer kept his earned runs down by allowing only 4 walks while striking out 23. He was the workhorse of the staff in August leading the team in innings pitched.

Sampson struck out 24 in 21.1 innings.

Prospect Watch: Although his ERA was a little high at 4.64, RHP/SP Keyvius Sampson had a good month holding the opposition to a .259 batting average with a 24/9 K/BB ratio in four starts. LHP/SP Robbie Erlin was 1-0 with a 2.63 ERA in three starts with an 18/3 K/BB ratio as the Texas League hit only .220 against him after being sidelined for over two months. RHP/SP Matt Jackson was 2-1 with a very impressive 21/1 K/BB ratio in 23 innings pitched in four starts.

Disappointments: Closer Jeremy McBryde had a tough month going 1-3 in save opportunities with a 0-1 record and a 9.00 ERA in four innings.

Lake Elsinore RHP/RP Jerry Sullivan 1-1 2.77 ERA

Sullivan seems to have found his niche coming out of the bullpen with 18 strikeouts in 13.1 innings pitched against only a single walk as the Cal League hit only .140 against him.

Sullivan excelled coming out of the pen.

Prospect Watch: RHP/SP Matt Branham went 3-2 with a 3.22 ERA as he struck out 37 batters against only 13 walks. In five starts he went five innings in every start and held the opposition to a .231 batting average. RHP/Closer Kevin Quackenbush was 6 for 7 in save opportunities with a 2.08 ERA with an 11/3 K/BB ratio. Along with Matt Branham, Matt Andriese was one of the workhorses of the Storm staff throwing 34.1 innings pitched as he held the opposition to a .236 batting average.

Disappointments: RHP/RP Yefri Carvajal, the converted outfielder, struggled in the Cal League with a 8.44 ERA and struggling with his command as he posted a K/BB ratio of 5/6 in 10.2 innings pitched.

Fort Wayne RHP/SP Matt Wisler 1-0 1.66 ERA

In June and July Matt Wisler was the pitcher of the month for Fort Wayne and August was no exception. Wisler again pounded the zone with a 25/2 K/BB ratio in 21.2 innings pitched and five starts. The Ohio native held the opposition to a .264 batting average as he only gave up four earned runs.

Needy is back on the prospect map.

Prospect Watch: RHP/Closer Matt Stites was four for four in save opportunities with a 16/1 K/BB ratio in 13.2 innings pitched. Big right-hander James Needy moved into the starting rotation and delivered a complete game in his final appearance of the regular season. He led the team in innings pitched with 32.2 and posted a 2.48 ERA. RHP/RP Johnny Barbato would still like to get his walks down with his 14/7 K/BB ratio but still managed to have a 1.04 ERA as batters hit only .210 against him.

Disappointments: RHP Cody Hebner struggled with a move to the bullpen with a 6.75 ERA in 13.1 innings pitched.

Eugene RHP/SP Justin Hancock 2-0 1.29 ERA

Hancock led the TinCaps in innings pitched with 28 innings pitched as he struck out 24 against 12 walks. In six starts the opposition hit .234 against him as the Ohio native found his groove this summer in the Northwest League with his ability to throw his two-seam fastball.

Hancock was Eugene's top starter.

Prospect Watch: RHP Ramon Madrid was for 4 for 6 in save opportunites and also had a 4-0 record with a 3.57 ERA. He was one of two Emeralds Northwest League All Stars along with LHP Chris Nunn who had a 1.29 ERA in 14 innings pitched. Even though RHP Joe Ross was 0-2 he still put up solid numbers with a 2.28 ERA in 23.2 innings pitched to go along with a 27/9 K/BB ratio. RHP Juan Marcano had a very good K/BB ratio at 31/6 to go along with a 2.84 ERA in 25.1 innings. RHP Genison Reyes had a 1.04 ERA in 17.1 innings pitched as he only allowed 10 hits and two earned runs while striking out 19 against 10 walks.

Disappointments: RHP Chris Wilkes was 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA before being sent down to the AZL.

AZL LHP/SP Max Fried 0-0 1.86 ERA

Top 2012 draft pick Max Fried looked good in the desert in limited appearances and innings. Fried had 9 strikeouts against no walks and gave up only two earned runs in 5 games and 9.2 innings pitched.

Prospect Watch: RHP Vladimir De La Cruz struck out 19 in 18 innings pitched but also walked 11.

Disappointments: 6'5" Bryan Rodriguez led the team in innings pitched with twenty-five and had a good 18/8 K/BB ratio but also gave up 34 hits and 19 earned runs.

MadFriars' Pitcher of the Month: Jason Ray

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