SURPRISE! Prospect Jacob Turner turn in yet another successful month of baseball down on the farm. photo: Erie SeaWolves

Down on the Farm: The Best and Worst Pitchers of May

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The month of May is officially in the books, bringing us to yet another monthly prospect report. Following the same outline as before, I will highlight the previous months best and worst performances in a who’s hot and who’s not format. The monthly review will break down into two parts, the pitchers first followed by a separate report on the batters. With the at-bats and innings piling up, the prospects true colors are beginning to show. With that being said, let’s dive in and take a look at last months performances.

Low-A West Michigan Whitecaps:

WHO WAS HOT

  • Patrick Cooper was 2-1 with a 1.40 ERA in 19 1/3 innings of work. Cooper racked up 20 strikeouts while issuing just two free passes last month. He has yet to allow a homerun in 33 2/3 innings this season.
  • Ramon Lebron allowed just one hit and zero runs in 9 2/3 innings last month. The hard-throwing right-handed reliever struck out 15 and walked 4. Lebron is 1-0 with a 0.86 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 21 innings this season.

WHO WAS NOT

  • Josue Carreno allowed 25 runs in 28 1/3 innings of work. Josue  allowed 36 hits and was 2-4 with a 7.94 ERA last month. On a positive note, he’s tossed 15 innings his last two starts without allowing an earned run.

Advanced-A Lakeland Flying Tigers

WHO WAS HOT

  • Kenny Faulk recorded 8 saves and posted a 2.45 ERA in 11 innings of relief in May. His 15 strikeouts give him 34 in 23 2/3 innings this season. Perhaps the most impressive stat is the number 2. Faulk has issued just 2 walks the entire season.
  • Jared Wesson entered May 1-2 with a 9.98 ERA! Last month Wesson was 5-1 with a 2.52 ERA in 39 1/3 innings of work. The 25-year-old southpaw had an outstanding month of May for the Flying Tigers.

WHO WAS NOT

  • Trevor Feeney was 2-3 with a 4.70 ERA in 38 1/3 innings which was actually an improvement over his numbers in April. He’s allowed 8 homeruns and batters are hitting .297 against him this season. The 25-year-old turned in 4 quality starts last month and is a much better pitcher than his numbers suggest.

AA Erie SeaWolves

WHO WAS HOT

  • Jacob Turner had four quality starts last month, one of which was his first win of the season. Turner struck out 28 and posted a 2.67 ERA in 33 2/3 innings. He is now 1-1 with a 2.79 ERA and 57 strikeouts in 67 2/3 innings this season. Seriously, what more can you say about Jacob Turner? The kid is AWESOME!
  • Casey Crosby continues to shine and make up for lost time. Crosby was 1-1 with a 2.48 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 21 innings.  He’s now 3-2 with a 2.82 ERA in 54 1/3 innings this season.

WHO WAS NOT

  • Luke Putkonen was 0-5 with a 8.48 ERA in five starts in May. He surrendered 27 runs in 28 2/s innings and was recently re-assigned to Advanced-A Lakeland.

AAA-Toledo Mud Hens

WHO WAS HOT

  • Andrew Oliver was outstanding for the Mud Hens before being called-up by Detroit. Oliver had a 2.86 ERA over 22 innings with Toledo. He recorded 18 strikeouts and walked 8 batters. With Phil Coke coming off the DL this week Andrew Oliver was recently optioned back to AAA-Toledo.
  • Duane Below was 2-2 with a 3.54 ERA in May. Below had 4 quality starts and threw 40 2/3 innings last month. Below is 5-3 with a 3.52 ERA in 69 innings this season. The southpaw is also holding lefties to a .154 average.

WHO WAS NOT

  • Thad Weber allowed 54 hits, 13 walks and 8 homeruns in 37 2/3 innings last month. He was 2-3 with a 7.17 ERA over seven May starts.
  • Robbie Weinhardt allowed 12 hits and 10 earned runs in 11 1/3 innings of work. The former Tiger is 1-3 with a 7.52 ERA for the Mud Hens. Robbie Weinhardt is a much better pitcher than this. I expect him to turn things around soon!

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Tags: Andrew Oliver Casey Crosby Down On The Farm Duane Below Jacob Turner Jared Wesson Josue Carreno Kenny Faulk Luke Putkonen Patrick Cooper Ramon Lebron Robbie Weinhardt Thad Weber Trevor Feeney

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