Of the nine starters system-wide who threw at least 15 innings logged ERAs below 2.00 during the month, four of them are from the A-Advanced Cardinals. A fifth fell just two innings short of qualification.
Just one of the nine had an ERA under 1.00, however. This made the process of selecting The Cardinal Nation's Pitcher of the Month for August fairly straightforward.
The 23-year-old has only made seven starts in the Florida State League since his late-July promotion from Peoria, but did not take long to get acclimated. Across his five August outings, Cuda yielded no runs in four, for a 0.79 ERA. He allowed less than one baserunner per inning and forged a stellar 18-to-4 strikeout to walk count in 22 2/3 frames.
Among the honorable mentions are Cuda's Palm Beach rotation-mates - Kurt Heyer, Marco Gonzales and Ryan Sherriff. Though his total innings fell short, Sam Gaviglio's numbers were also eye-popping in his two FSL starts since coming off the disabled list.
Each of the Cardinals four short-season clubs are represented by the other five starting pitchers above.
Perhaps the most impressive is the 1.00 August ERA logged by lefty Ian McKinney of the Gulf Coast League Cardinals. Pitching for a Florida high school just three months ago, the fifth-round draft pick will be heading to the instructional league this fall.
Congratulations to Joey Cuda, The Cardinal Nation/Scout.com August Pitcher of the Month.
Other honorable mentions
The exceptionally high bar of a 2.00 ERA or better left behind a number of sub-3.00 ERA starters who would normally be right in the mix. They include Springfield's Jonathan Cornelius and Will Anderson of Johnson City at 2.16; Blake McKnight (2.43) and Dailyn Martinez (2.76), also from JC; Kevin Herget (2.36), Willy Paulino (2.39) and Jimmy Reed (2.55) at State College, and Silfredo Garcia (2.61) and Chris Perry (2.89) from Peoria, among others.
Bullpenners should always be properly recognized in these awards. In August alone, eight relievers threw at least ten innings with an ERA under 1.00.
Two were almost perfect, not allowing an earned run. Johnson City's Fernando Baez may appear on Cardinals prospect lists this fall and submariner Dixon Llorens of Peoria has been a standout all summer long.
Their stats follow.
Other stingy relievers in August (ERA's between 1.00 and 2.00) include Keith Butler and Lee Stoppelman of Memphis, Springfield's Dean Kiekhefer, Brady Adamek and Joey Donofrio of Peoria, Victor DeLeon and Mitch Harris of State College and Johnson City's Anderson Gerdel.
How did July's top pitcher fare in August?
The Cardinal Nation and the St. Louis Cardinals organization agreed that left-hander Tyler Lyons was the system's top hurler in July. The 25-year-old had an uneven August, however.
Sandwiched around a stint with St. Louis, Lyons made three appearances for Memphis, logging a 5.40 ERA. With the Cardinals, he fared better. In seven innings, Lyons allowed four runs, but just one earned. Temporarily assigned to Springfield, the former Oklahoma State star should be back with St. Louis for the remainder of the season.
Click on the highlighted links to be taken to earlier articles about the monthly selections by both The Cardinal Nation and the St. Louis Cardinals organization.
|Player of Month||Pitcher of Month|
|2013||The Cardinal Nation||Cards organization||The Cardinal Nation||Cards organization|
|April||Jamie Romak||Tommy Pham||John Gast||John Gast|
|May||Kolten Wong||Kolten Wong||Kevin Siegrist||Kevin Siegrist|
|June||Anthony Garcia||Anthony Garcia||Carlos Martinez||Carlos Martinez|
|July||Jonathan Rodriguez||Jonathan Rodriguez||Tyler Lyons||Tyler Lyons|
|Aug||Greg Garcia||Joey Cuda|
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