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RHP, Josh Schmidt, Staten Island - It is pretty hard to not give the award to somebody when they post a 0.00 ERA for an entire month. In fact, Schmidt and Columbus' Jason Anderson both didn't allow an earned run in August. But Schmidt tallied two wins and six saves along the way, striking out 16 batters in 12 2/3 innings pitched and limiting opposing batters to a paltry .143 batting average last month.
Schmidt hasn't given up an earned run since July 18th, stringing together 14 straight scoreless appearances for the Staten Island Yankees. Opposing NY-Penn League batters were hitting just .108 off of him with runners in scoring position through the end of August.
RHP, Jason Anderson, Columbus - As previously mentioned, Anderson didn't allow an earned run in the month of August either. Anderson notched 5 saves for the Clippers last month and allowed just 9 base runners in 13 1/3 innings pitched, striking out 12 batters. He held opposing International League batters to a 0.91 batting average.
RHP, T.J. Beam, Charleston - Sent back down from Tampa to aid in Charleston's playoff run, Beam didn't miss a beat once he was sent back into to the Riverdogs' bullpen. Beam posted a 0.82 ERA in August, striking out 18 batters in 11 innings. He also posted a 1-0 record with one save for Charleston.
RHP, Jim Conroy, Staten Island - Among the starting pitching prospects in the Yankees' farm system, nobody had a better month of August than Staten Island's Jim Conroy. Conroy went 1-0 and even picked up a save, posting a 0.69 ERA in 26 innings. He struck out 27 batters and held opponents to a .191 batting average.
RHP, J. Brent Cox, Tampa - It didn't take long for the College World Series hero to find his groove in the professional ranks. Making 9 relief appearances for the Tampa Yankees in August, Cox posted a scintillating 1.06 ERA, striking out 14 batters in 17 innings pitched and holding Florida State League batters to a .186 batting average.
RHP, Jeff Marquez, Charleston - Jim Conroy wasn't the only starting pitching prospect to turn in a phenomenal performance last month. Marquez went 2-2 with a 1.69 ERA in five games for the Riverdogs. He also displayed some of his best control, walking less than 3 batters per 9 innings for the first time in 2005.
Other Top Pitching Performances in July
Chase Wright (Charleston): 3-0, 2.20 ERA, 41.0 IP, 29 hits, 16 walks, 26 strikeouts
Cory Stuart (Staten Island): 2-1, 3 saves, 1.32 ERA, 13.2 IP, 9 hits, 7 walks, 22 strikeouts
Hairo Solis (Staten Island): 5-0, 1.35 ERA, 13.1 IP, 8 hits, 3 walks, 9 strikeouts
Justin Pope (Trenton): 2-1, 6 saves, 2.04 ERA, 17.2 IP, 15 hits, 4 walks, 13 strikeouts
Jorge De Paula (Columbus): 2-0, 2.76 ERA, 29.1 IP, 22 hits, 7 walks, 24 strikeouts
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