TigsTown's August Pitchers of the Month

It's that time of the month again! Which pitchers excelled in August? Find out inside as TigsTown hands out its August Pitchers of the Month awards!

Toledo – Andrew Oliver (LHP)

To his credit, Oliver didn't sulk after being sent back down to the minor leagues following a rough pro debut. He took the ball when asked and turned in some excellent performances, demonstrating that his big league opportunity was a chance to learn and improve. Once down in Toledo, Oliver notched six starts for the Mudhens in August, with a sparkling 2.61 ERA, despite a 1-4 won-loss mark. In 38 innings on the bump, the hard throwing lefty allowed only 30 hits and managed 35 strikeouts.

Runner-Up – Ryan Ketchner (LHP)

Erie – Lester Oliveros (RHP)

Oliveros has been become a frequent flyer on the TigsTown awards front, and he would probably be a charter member of any rewards club started for such an honor. In the absence of such a club, he will have to suffice for maintaining his stock as one of the top relief prospects in the system. His ranking was buoyed by a stellar August in which he saw action in 12 games, earning a save on nine occasions, allowing just eight hits in 11 2/3 innings of work, and striking out 17. Though he did walk eleven hitters over that span, he held opposing batters to a miniscule .190 average against.

Runner-Up – Brayan Villarreal (RHP)

Lakeland – Jacob Turner (RHP)

The Tigers paid a hefty signing bonus to ensure they landed the services of their top pick in the 2009 draft, and so far, that investment has paid off handsomely. After a heavily debated promotion to Lakeland in June, Turner has taken off and cemented himself as an elite young pitcher. In five starts over the season's final full month, Turner posted a 2-1 mark for a modest Lakeland club. His outings spanned a total of 25 2/3 innings, in which he allowed just 16 hits and five walks, while striking out 23 and allowing only three earned runs; giving him a jaw-dropping 1.05 ERA. With a cumulative 2.93 ERA and solid peripherals in 13 High-A starts at the age of 19, the Tigers look pretty smart for investing heavily in Turner's future.

Runner-Up – Mark Sorensen (RHP)

West Michigan – Kenny Faulk (LHP)

A 16th round pick of the Tigers in the 2009 draft, the 23-year old Faulk has been the backbone of the West Michigan bullpen throughout the 2010 campaign. Working as the club's closer for much of the season, Faulk picked up six of his twelve saves in the month of August, while also collecting two wins. In 13 innings for the month, Faulk didn't allow a run, giving up just eleven hits and three walks, and striking out a dominating 21 hitters.

Runner-Up – Jordan Pratt (RHP)

Oneonta – Miguel Mejia (RHP)

A surprise non-drafted free agent signing last summer, Mejia has more stuff than you would expect given his entrance into pro ball. Working with a fastball in the low-90s and a solid breaking ball, he was downright filthy last month in 24 innings spent largely as a reliever. Mejia finished with a 0.75 ERA and two saves; allowing five walks and 17 base hits. The most impressive piece may have been his 26 strikeouts and .205 average against.

Runner-Up – Clemente Mendoza (RHP)

GCL – Fernando Celis (RHP)

Celis was a versatile workhorse for the GCL squad this summer, managing multiple innings in nearly all of his relief appearances. For the month, he appeared in seven games and tossed 15 2/3 innings, with a 2-0 record and one save. Over that span, he allowed only eleven hits and two walks while striking out eleven and posting a 0.57 ERA.

Runner-Up – Wilsen Palacios (RHP)

DSL – Carlos Alvarado (RHP)

The Tigers pushed Alvarado straight to the DSL from the VSL after serving his 50-game suspension, and he rewarded their aggression with a sub-1.00 ERA for the season. In nine August appearance covering 11 2/3 innings, the hard throwing reliever posted a 0.77 ERA with three saves. He allowed twelve hits and four walks, but struck out 13 opposing hitters.

Runner-Up – Luis Hidalgo (RHP)

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