In selecting The Cardinal Nation Pitcher of the Month for June, the staff of the site nominated some very deserving pitchers. When all was said and done, the previously-announced choice of the St. Louis Cardinals organization is our selection as well – Palm Beach’s Ryan Sherriff.
The results of the left-hander stand on their own, but knowing that the 22-year-old was working in extended spring training just six weeks ago makes his accomplishments all the more impressive. After pitching for Johnson City and Batavia last summer, Sherriff did not make a full-season club out of spring training, only to be jumped over Quad Cities when Palm Beach needed another starter on May 19.
In June, the California native posted a 3-0 record with a 1.98 ERA, while recording 14 strikeouts against just two walks. Sherriff went at least six innings in each of his four Florida State League outings, while allowing two runs or less. In other words, all four were quality starts. He held opposing hitters to a collective .180 batting average.
Congratulations to Ryan Sherriff, The Cardinal Nation Pitcher of the Month for June.
Springfield’s Trevor Rosenthal is a regular in this report. The June performance of the reigning organization’s top pitcher from May was no exception. The 22-year-old right-hander posted a 3.10 ERA though he only managed a 2-2 record. Rosenthal fanned 26 and walked six in 29 innings over five Texas League starts.
Keith Butler has logged a strong season as Springfield’s closer, and like Rosenthal, was recognized as a Texas League All-Star. The right-hander collected five saves while yielding just one earned run in seven June innings. Butler yielded just four hits and posted a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 10:1. Double-A batters managed a .160 collective batting average against the 23-year-old.
Seth Maness already has one Pitcher of the Month award, earned back in April while with Palm Beach. Now with Springfield, the right-hander had one complete game among his six June starts while accumulating a 3-1 record and a 2.87 ERA. Maness struck out 22 and walked just three in 37 2/3 Texas League frames.
The common thread continues. One reason Springfield has been winning is because of its pitching. Kevin Thomas made one spot start and seven relief outings while holding Double-A batters to a collective .068 average. The right-hander’s June ERA was 2.68 to go with a 14:5 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 13 2/3 innings.
Down in the Dominican Summer League, right-hander Dailyn Martinez was lights out in June, while making his professional debut. The 19-year-old yielded just one earned run over four starts, 22 innings. He struck out 16 and walked six while holding DSL opponents to a .192 average.
How did last month’s winner fare?
The Cardinal Nation’s Pitcher of the Month for May, Springfield right-hander Richard Castillo, continued to pitch well in June, but his walk rate was up and his ground ball rate was down. In five starts, Castillo logged a 3-1 record with a 3.82 ERA. His strikeout-to-walk ratio was 19:9 in 30 2/3 innings and his GO/FO ratio dropped from about 3:1 to 2:1 from month to month.
Previous winners: Click on the highlighted links to be taken to earlier articles about the monthly award selections by both The Cardinal Nation and the Cardinals organization.
Coming next: Our choice as The Cardinal Nation Player of the Month for June will be disclosed.
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