The race for The Cardinal Nation’s August Minor League Pitcher of the Month was a tough one. There were plenty of strong performances on each of the St. Louis Cardinals’ affiliates, but one pitcher stood out thanks in part to unparalleled command.
In 22 2/3 innings, Johnson City’s Boone Whiting struck out 30 batters while walking only one. Yes, that’s right. Whiting gave away only one free pass. The 18th round selection in this past June’s draft allowed just one earned run this past month resulting in an ERA of 0.40.
The right-hander has given up only 17 hits in resulting in a batting average against of .200.
For the season, Whiting has a record of 5-3 with a 3.50 ERA. In 54 innings, he has 68 strikeouts while walking only five.
The weather may be hot in the Texas League in August but Springfield pitcher Brian Broderick may have been hotter. The 23-year-old went 6-0 with a 2.13 ERA in six starts. The right-hander struck out only 24 in 42 1/3 innings but allowed only four walks.
On the season, the former 21st round pick is 10-2 with an ERA of 2.98. For his strong performance, he has been rewarded with an invitation to the Arizona Fall League.
Pitching one level above Whiting at Batavia, John Gast helped make the decision very difficult. The southpaw went 5-1 with a 1.74 ERA. During the month, he had 33 strikeouts while walking seven in 31 innings of work. Opponents hit only .219 against him since the calendar turned.
In eight appearances this season, the former Florida State Seminole is 6-0 with a 1.54 ERA. In 35 innings, he has 36 strikeouts while walking eight.
Since joining the Palm Beach rotation, all Kevin Thomas had done is perform. In 13 starts this season, the right-hander is 9-2 with a 1.27 ERA. Thomas has 91 strikeouts in 103 innings while holding the opposition to a .236 batting average against.
During the month of August, he was even better. The 24-year-old went 4-1 with a stingy ERA of 1.18. Hitters managed only an average of .196 against him while he posted a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 3-to-1.
Another 2010 draftee, Daniel Bibona, is making his mark at the Quad Cities. The lefty struck out 27 while allowing only eight walks during the month. He posted a record of 3-0 with a very respectable ERA of 2.31. Midwest League hitters managed only a .184 batting average against him.
A pair of Memphis Redbirds put together strong performances in August. Reliever Eduardo Sanchez did not allow an earned run in nine appearances covering 11 innings. Along the way, he registered 12 strikeouts with four walks.
Much was expected this season from starter Lance Lynn. The big, strapping right-hander has struggled to find any consistency in 2010 but seems to have turned a corner in August. The former Ole Miss Rebel went 5-1 with an ERA of 2.70. He allowed only 31 hits in 36 2/3 innings while striking out 31.
On the season, Lynn is now 13-9 with an ERA of 4.64. He has 134 strikeouts in 159 innings and opponents are hitting .259 against him.
Previous winners: Click on the highlighted links to be taken to earlier articles about the monthly selections from both The Cardinal Nation and the Cardinals organization.
Dustin can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Follow Dustin on Twitter
© 2010 stlcardinals.scout.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.