TigsTown Pitchers of the Month: August 2014

Among the pitchers that shined in August, there was a left-hander that had an aggressive promotion but still dominated, a newcomer to the organization getting off on the right foot, and a closer striking out two batters per inning!

AAA Toledo - LHP Kyle Ryan
33 IP | 1.64 ERA | 0.79 WHIP | 3-0 | 20 K | 5 BB |
Ryan took the challenge of facing Triple-A opposition head on and did well, posting an ERA well under two over five starts, and was easily the Hens best starter for the club in the month, helping lead the team to three victories. Lobstein was solid but didn't quite out-shine his first name brethren.
Runner-Up: LHP Kyle Lobstein

AA Erie - RHP Angel Nesbitt
11 2/3 IP | 3.09 ERA | 1.03 WHIP | 0-0 | 17 K | 6 BB | 4 SV
Nesbitt continued his run of strong pitching in Erie after being promoted midway through the summer from Lakeland, notching four saves while striking out 17 in less than 12 innings. Palacios also had a solid month for the 'Wolves in their rotation.
Runner-Up: RHP Wilsen Palacios

A+ Lakeland - RHP Whit Mayberry
18 1/3 IP | 1.47 ERA | 0.82 WHIP | 1-0 | 19 K | 3 BB | 1 SV
Mayberry was a workhorse in college, and that continued in his pro summer debut in Lakeland, with stellar numbers across the board; 1.47 ERA, more than a strikeout per inning, few walks, and a WHIP under one.
Runner-Up: RHP Scott Sitz

A West Michigan - RHP Austin Kubitza
30 1/3 IP | 1.48 ERA | 0.86 WHIP | 1-1 | 30 K | 4 BB |
The Whitecaps rotation has been loaded with prospects all season, and this month it was Kubitza's turn to take center stage, with a line similar to that of Mayberry's in Lakeland, only doing it over an additional 12 innings from the 'Caps rotation. Crawford was a strong second to Kubitza.
Runner-Up: RHP Jonathon Crawford

SS-A Connecticut - RHP Gabe Hemmer
9 IP | 2.00 ERA | 0.78 WHIP | 0-1 | 18 K | 1 BB | 4 SV
There were a number of deserving candidates in Connecticut in August, including Edwards and last month's winner Johan Belisario, but Hemmer struck out two batters per inning in his nine innings of work - limited work granted, but such an impressive dominating performance in the CT-Tigers' closer role that it couldn't be overlooked.
Runner-Up: RHP Chase Edwards

R GCL Tigers - RHP Anthony Castro
29 IP | 3.41 ERA | 1.38 WHIP | 4-1 | 20 K | 13 BB |
The GCL Tigers had a revolving door in their pitching staff, with many arms getting just a couple looks and then moving on to another club, but Castro was around for the entire month, turning in 29 strong innings for the club.
Runner-Up: LHP Tyler Ford


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