Cloyd picks up International League honors

Tyler Cloyd has opened eyes literally since opening night when he made an emergency start for Lehigh Valley. The right-hander walked away with International League Most Valuable Pitcher honors.

The fact that right-hander Tyler Cloyd made himself the IronPigs' franchise leader in wins and leads all of Minor League Baseball in wins, helped propel him to be named Most Valuable Pitcher in the International League.

The postseason awards in the IL are selected by the circuit's managers, coaches, media, and club representatives.

The 25-year old Cloyd made an emergency opening night start for Lehigh Valley and completed six perfect innings against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Even though he was sent back to Double-A Reading, where he was supposed to start the season, Cloyd garnered IL Pitcher of the Week honors for The Opening week of baseball.

Cloyd hasn't let down since, going 3-0, 1.80 in four starts at Reading prior to rejoining the IronPigs roster to start the month of May. The Bellevue, Neb., native currently leads the IL in ERA (2.35) and WHIP (1.01), while ranking second in opponent batting average (.210) and being tied for second in wins (12).

Combined with his four starts at Double-A Reading, Cloyd is 15-1 with a 2.26 ERA in 26 starts this season and currently is tied for the most wins in all of Minor League Baseball.

A model of consistency, Cloyd has thrown six or more innings in 21 of 22 starts while allowing three runs or fewer in 20 of those outings. Cloyd was 8-1 at the mid-way point of the season with a 2.01 ERA when he started for the IL team in the 2012 Triple-A All-Star Game in Buffalo, NY.

Cloyd has already broken the franchise mark of 11 wins set by Drew Carpenter in 2009 when he won 11 games. With another win, Cloyd would have the most Triple-A wins of any Phillies pitcher since 2006 when Brian Mazone went 13-3.

Overall, Cloyd is 48-22 with a 3.27 ERA in 135 minor league games, including 92 starts, over parts of five seasons.

Cloyd becomes the first pitcher in IronPigs' history to win Most Valuable Pitcher honors. In 2009, Justin Lehr was 5-2 with a 4.75 ERA with the 'Pigs before being dealt to Cincinnati and pitching for Louisville, where he went 8-1, 2.51 over the rest of the season and garnered the Most Valuable Pitcher honors as a member of the Louisville Bats.

Cloyd also becomes the second IronPig to be named to the league's Postseason All-Star Team, following Andy Tracy's selection in 2009.

The other 2012 award winners include Pawtucket's Mauro Gomez (Most Valuable Player), Gwinnett's Ernesto Mejia (Rookie of the Year) and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre's Dave Miley (Manager of the Year).

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