TigsTown Pitchers of the Month: July 2014

Ziomek was dominating for the 'Caps in July

There were a number of impressive pitching performances in the month of July down on the farm, but probably none better than Kevin Ziomek in West Michigan. Who else shined on the mound?

AAA Toledo - RHP Justin Miller
15 IP | 1.20 ERA | 0.60 WHIP | 1-0 | 13 K | 2 BB | 1 SV
Miller had an excellent month of July, which was probably a big reason why the Tigers made the decision to bring him back up, striking out 13 while walking only two batters and allowing only two runs of his own to cross the plate in his 15 innings of work. Whelan had similarly success numbers, but didn't put in the same number of innings that Miller did.
Runner-Up: RHP Kevin Whelan

AA Erie - RHP Angel Nesbitt
15 2/3 IP | 1.72 ERA | 1.15 WHIP | 1-0 | 18 K | 6 BB | 3 SV
While Nesbitt did have a pair of blown saves, he posted a miniscule 1.72 ERA in ten appearances for the month, while striking out more than a batter per inning for the 'Wolves. Palacios didn't have the same level of success as Nesbitt, but did post a mid-3 ERA over 25-plus innings with 20 strikeouts.
Runner-Up: RHP Wilsen Palacios

A+ Lakeland - RHP Edgar De La Rosa
26 1/3 IP | 2.73 ERA | 1.29 WHIP | 2-2 | 13 K | 11 BB |
De La Rosa didn't have dominating strikeout numbers, and in fact walked almost as many as he struck out, but that didn't stop him from limiting the hits against him, and in turn, limiting his ERA under 3. With so much change in the staff in Lakeland, not many pitchers put together a substantial month, but Longstreth had a half dozen appearances that spanned more than ten innings with a solid 3.38 ERA.
Runner-Up: LHP Ryan Longstreth

A West Michigan - LHP Kevin Ziomek
24 IP | 1.50 ERA | 0.96 WHIP | 2-1 | 36 K | 5 BB |
Ziomek had an outstanding month and was not just the best pitcher on his staff, but had the best month of any pitcher in the organization. Ziomek pushed his K/9 rate to over 13, while posting a WHIP under one and an ERA of just 1.50. Kubitza had a good month, but no one good approach Ziomek's dominance, which included sitting 94 MPH deep into games according to multiple scouts in attendance for his starts.
Runner-Up: RHP Austin Kubitza

SS-A Connecticut - RHP Johan Belisario
10 2/3 IP | 0.00 ERA | 0.75 WHIP | 3-0 | 16 K | 2 BB |
It's hard to argue with Belisario's success, as he recorded three wins over six appearances, never allowing an earned run. His 0.75 WHIP was very good, but his strikeout rate was even stronger, with 16 K's in his limited work. Hemmer also had a strong month in relief for the CT-Tigers.
Runner-Up: RHP Gabe Hemmer

R GCL Tigers - RHP Carlos Lara
22 IP | 1.23 ERA | 0.95 WHIP | 3-0 | 22 K | 7 BB |
Lara worked mostly in relief, but still got in 22 innings in just six appearances, with a pair of his showings last six innings apiece. Lara checked all the boxes, posting a very low ERA while striking out a batter per inning.
Runner-Up: RHP Oswaldo Castillo

R DSL Tigers - RHP Jhonny Mateo
19 IP | 0.47 ERA | 1.00 WHIP | 1-0 | 19 K | 5 BB |
Mateo was very good for the DSL Tigers affiliate, striking out a batter per inning, only allowing a baserunner per inning, and giving up just one earned run for the entire month.
Runner-Up: RHP Victor Mueses

R VSL Tigers - RHP Angel Vasquez
23 IP | 1.57 ERA | 0.91 WHIP | 3-2 | 11 K | 2 BB |
Vasquez wasn't dominating in the traditional sense, as he only struck out 11 in 23 innings, but he only walked two and allowed well under a baserunner per inning to lead the way for the VSL club.
Runner-Up: LHP Eudis Idrogo

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