After a perfect 5-0 record for the month of June with a 1.06 ERA, Dakota Hudson has been named the St. Louis Cardinals Minor League Pitcher of the Month. He allowed just four runs in his 34.0 innings pitched for Memphis (AAA).
“In his five decisions in June, Dakota was in command for 34 innings, giving up only four earned runs. He had a very impressive month,” stated Cardinals Director of Player Development Gary LaRocque.
Besides his record in June, Hudson has won eight of his last nine decisions and he’s allowed two runs or less in 12 of his 15 games started in 2018. He will be the starting pitcher for the PCL in the Triple-A All-Star Game on July 11th.
Minor League Player of the Month honors went to Rangel Ravelo, who put up a .463 batting mark (31-for-69) in his 20 June games with six home runs with 23 RBIs. He struck out just four times in 83 plate appearances.
“Rangel delivered a productive offensive month, helping Memphis defensively as well with his versatility in left field and at first base,” said LaRocque.
A native of Havana, Cuba, Ravelo signed with St. Louis as a minor league free agent last April and has appeared in 32 games at first base and 25 in the outfield this season, committing just one error.
–Claimed off waivers from the Mets last June, Gilmartin had appeared in 24 games (6 starts) for Memphis this season with a 4-2 record. In his last 8 appearances, he allowed just 1 earned run and 5 hits, with 7 strikeouts and 4 walks in 10.2 innings.
Left-hander Tyler Webb was officially added to the Memphis roster. Webb was claimed by the Cardinals last week from San Diego.
“It’s a depth move for Triple-A,” explained GM Michael Girsch at the time. “Tyler’s been a really good Triple-A reliever for a few years. He hasn’t got much of a shot in the big leagues. With Sherriff out for the season, we went ahead and added a left-handed reliever to the depth.”
Webb has appeared in 13 MLB games combined between the New York Yankees, Milwaukee Brewers, and San Diego Padres, allowing 12 runs in 13 IP. He had 28 strikeouts in 22 IP for El Paso (AAA).
AWARD CONSIDERATION FOR CARP
–Matt Carpenter was among the runner-ups to Chicago’s Javier Baez for National League Player of the Week. Carpenter hit .500 (10-20) and accounted for 19 total bases as he hit a pair of home runs and scored 8 runs over the last 7 days.