Nick Additon's Star Continues to Rise

Nick Additon's Star Continues to Rise

The 20-year-old LHP Nick Additon a 6-4, 205-pounder from Davie, Florida, the Cardinals 47th round (1418th overall) draft pick of the 2006 June, First Year Player Draft, is pitching more like a first round pick for Quad Cities.

LHP Nick Additon's scoreless innings streak finally came to an end this week on Thursday night, as Efren Navarro's RBI-double in the first inning ended the amazing stretch at 31.2 innings.

Additon didn't factor into the decision Thursday after his streak ended, scattering seven hits and two walks over four innings before the bullpen took over and the River Bandits eventually defeated the Kernals, 5-2.

Additon's 31.2 scoreless inning streak marks the longest streak in Minor League Baseball this season, and fell just four innings shy of the longest scoreless innings streak in the Minors in the last four years (35.2IP—Willie Collazo, New Orleans, 7/23/07-4/3/08; Mark DiFelice, Huntsville, 5/27/07-7/4/07).

The lefty did not give up a run for 41 days from May 10 to June 19. He went 2-0 and allowed just 12 hits and struck out 29 during the scoreless innings streak, including seven consecutive shutout outings from May 16-June 13.

During the streak he added a stretch of 13 consecutive hitless innings that lasted from May 24-June 6 and included back-to-back hitless appearances on May 29 and June 2.

Additon was selected by the Cardinals in the 47th round of the 2006 draft and signed as a draft-and-follow on 5/30/07 out of Indian River Community College.

As the Cardinals struggle to find pitchers at the major league level, the ripple effect on pitcher getting playing time in St. Louis, could have a ripple effect all the way to Quad Cities, with Additon getting a well deserved promtion to Palm Beach soon.

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