AAA Toledo Mud Hens – LHP Chad Bell
21.2 IP | 1.25 ERA | 1.15 WHIP | 25 K | 7 BB
It was a great first month from the lefty, who rode that strong showing to a big league promotion where he’s now working out of the Detroit bullpen, hoping to help stabilize that unit. Across his four starts, Bell gave up just a total of three earned runs all month, always going at least five innings and never allowing more than one run in any one outing. His call-up came shortly after he tossed six shutout innings, and his first two big league appearances have gone well enough that he may not be back in Toledo anytime soon.
Runner-up: RHP Buck Farmer
AA Erie SeaWolves – RHP Anthony Vasquez
23.1 IP | 2.70 ERA | 1.29 WHIP | 14 K | 3 BB
The veteran right-hander wasn’t the most well-known member of the Erie staff when the year started, but quickly stood out with his performance on the mound, earning a promotion to Toledo a little over a month in. Vasquez commanded the zone well, allowing just three walks over his four starts while striking out 14. Vasquez had outings in which he went six and seven innings, and only one of his starts wasn’t a quality start. Like Bell in Toledo, he was handed a tougher challenge in May based on his strong start.
Runner-up: RHP Myles Jaye
A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – RHP Beau Burrows
27.2 IP | 1.30 ERA | 1.05 WHIP | 27 K | 7 BB
The Tigers first round draft pick two years ago, Burrows followed up a strong first full season in West Michigan last year with a great first month in the Florida State League. Just 20 years old, Burrows was dominant in five starts with Lakeland, including three starts in which he didn’t allow a run, including one outing in which he tossed seven shutout innings with eight strikeouts. Unlike Bell and Vasquez, Burrows didn’t get promoted after his first month of work as he likely needs more seasoning at the A-ball level, but the near 4:1 K:BB ratio and miniscule ERA are very promising for the young hurler.
Runner-up: RHP Kyle Dowdy
A West Michigan Whitecaps – LHP Gregory Soto
22.0 IP | 0.00 ERA | 0.91 WHIP | 21 K | 10 BB
One of the young and emerging arms in the Tigers farm system, Soto dominated his MWL competition, allowing just 10 hits over 22 innings, and one unearned run. Each of his starts featured at least five innings of work, and never did he allow more than four hits. In three of his four starts, between hits and walks, he averaged allowing less than four baserunners. At 22, Soto isn’t young for the league like many of his Latin American teammates, but after impressing in Connecticut last season, Soto continues to impress.
Runner-up: LHP Austin Sodders