TigsTown's April Pitchers of the Month

The first month of the season is in the books, and it's time for TigsTown to start dishing out the hardware. Find out who excelled through the first month and took home the awards for April Pitcher of the Month.

Toledo – Armando Galarraga (RHP)

Though his prospect eligibility has long disappeared, there is no denying the start to the 2010 season that Galarraga turned in. In five April starts, Armando managed only a 3-2 record with spotty offense behind him, but his other numbers really stand out. He averaged over six innings per start, logging 31 2/3 innings with a 2.30 ERA. Galarraga allowed only 24 hits in that span, with just six walks and an impressive 28 strikeouts. Should the Tigers need another starting pitcher, Galarraga's start to the season is positioning him to be the guy that gets the call.

Runner-Up: Alfredo Figaro (RHP)

Erie – LJ Gagnier (RHP)

After gaining exposure to the Eastern League last year, Gagnier has come back to the circuit looking like a different pitcher early on. Gagnier's record was perfect at 2-0 in four starts for the month, and he posted a sparkling 1.54 ERA. In 23 1/3 innings of work, he allowed just 18 hits and four walks, all while striking out 18 and keeping the ball in the yard with only one home run allowed. Gagnier has a variety of pitches that keep hitters off balance, and may allow him to maintain some of this success throughout the summer months.

Runner-Up: Thad Weber (RHP)

Lakeland – Brayan Villarreal (RHP)

Possibly the most electric start to the season by any pitcher in the organization, Villarreal has been absolutely dynamite so far. The soon to be 23-year old right-hander posted a 2.70 ERA that may not look that incredible, but when you look deeper, things get amazing pretty quickly. Villarreal logged 23 1/3 innings (including one complete game) for the month, allowing an insanely low 13 hits, and an equally insane three walks. On top of that, he fanned 32 hitters over that span. All this has led to cried for his promotion, and if he continues this type of performance, he may just get a chance at Double-A this summer.

Runner-Up: Adam Wilk (LHP)

West Michigan – Giovanni Soto (LHP)

The injury to top prospect Jacob Turner may have opened the door, but that should diminish the fact that Soto earned this nod with a stellar first month in full-season ball. Following a 2009 GCL season that was nothing short of outstanding, Soto is back to his old tricks in the Midwest League this year. In four starts, the 18-year old Soto gave up 17 hits in 18 1/3 innings, with 24 strikeouts; including ten in his season debut. Soto's mix of six pitches for strikes can give young hitters fits, and he still has room to grow and improve this season.

Runner-Up: Trevor Feeney (RHP)


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