TigsTown's June Pitchers of the Month

Want to know which pitchers shined for their minor league clubs in June? Find out inside to see who took home the hardware for the month!

Toledo – Luke French (LHP)
It has truly been a breakthrough season for the big left-hander in his sixth year as a pro. French had a minor hiccup in May when he wasn't keeping the ball down, but by and large, he has been fantastic for the Hens this season. Aside from making his Major League debut, French managed five starts for Toledo in which he tossed one complete game, and finished with a 1.98 ERA and 35 strikeouts against only six walks in 36 1/3 innings of work. French is back in the big leagues, and it appears he could be there for a while.
Runner-Up: Scot Drucker (RHP)

Erie – Luis Marte (RHP)
Marte hasn't had the stellar run he had to start the 2008 season, when he managed to upstage Rick Porcello in Lakeland, but he turned it on in June for his best month of the 2009 season. In five starts, Marte managed a 2-2 record on the back of a 3.27 ERA, only six walks, and a solid 27 strikeouts in 33 innings. Marte continues to battle some mild injury issues that have held him back some, but it is clearly evident that the talent is still there.
Runner-Up: Zach Simons (RHP)

Lakeland – LJ Gagnier (RHP)
You look and see a 2-3 record for Gagnier in June, and it doesn't even begin to tell the story of his dominance over 33 innings of work. LJ allowed only 26 hits and nine walks, while striking out 41 opposing FSL hitters. His 2.18 ERA and .217 batting average against, both tell the story as well. The performance helped push his season ERA down to 3.81 while giving him 79 strikeouts in just over 80 innings of work for the LFT.
Runner-Up: Robbie Weinhardt (RHP)

West Michigan – Brayan Villarreal (RHP)
For the third consecutive month this season, Brayan kept his ERA below 1.00, posting an impossible 0.69 ERA in four games, including one start. Over thirteen innings for the ‘Caps, Villarreal allowed only seven hits and two walks, while striking out fifteen men. Yet another stellar month has pushed Villarreal's numbers to a 1.16 ERA, 2-0 record, and 64 strikeouts in 54 innings, at press time.
Runner-Up: Mark Sorensen (RHP)

DSL Tigers – Ramon Franco (RHP)
Working as both a starter (two starts) and reliever (five appearances), Franco posted a 1-0 record and 1.66 ERA in 21 2/3 innings on the hill. Possibly the most impressive part of his month was the fact that he allowed only 12 base hits and four earned runs. He walked nine but struck out 21 in his first month as a professional.
Runner-Up: Ariel Medina (LHP)

VSL Tigers – Josue Carreno (RHP)
Detroit's Director of International Operations Tom Moore has said that Carreno could have come stateside for the 2009 season, but that they weren't certain there would be enough innings for him. So far, Carreno is both proving them right and proving them wrong. With a completely dominating June, Carreno has both proved his readiness for the States, but also demonstrated that maybe they should have made room for him. In three starts for the VSL Tigers, Carreno posted a 2-1 record with a 1.17 ERA. Josue allowed only 11 hits and two walks in 15 1/3 innings of work, while striking out eleven.
Runner-Up: Yorfrank Lopez (RHP)


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