Pulaski Blue Jays: Pitcher of the Year

Pulaski Blue Jays: Pitcher of the Year

With the minor league season having concluded it is time for the end of the year awards. InsideTheDome will reveal two awards per each minor league team. The Most Valuable Hitter, and the Most Valuable Pitcher. Those awards will be followed by the grandest of all, the 2005 Minor League Offensive Player of the Year, and the 2005 Minor League Pitcher of the Year. Today, ITD will hand out the Most Valuable Pitcher of the Pulaski Blue Jays.

The pitching staff of the Pulaski Blue Jays struggled. The team pitched to a 4.30 ERA, however, several pitchers enjoyed outstanding seasons. Reidier Gonzalez appeared in seven games, six of them being starts and posted a 2-0 record with a 1.63 ERA in 27.2 innings of work. Cory Hahn appeared in 18 games for Pulaski and went 2-1 with a 1.41 ERA. In 32 innings of work he allowed just 24 hits and recorded 38 strikeouts. Peter Eberhardt, who was signed late in 2005 allowed just 1 run in ten innings of work and Benjamin Harrison had a 3-1 record with a 3.82 ERA in 35.1 innings of work. However, the Most Valuable Pitcher for the Pulaski Blue Jays goes Jesse Litsch.

Jesse Litsch had an incredible season for Pulaski going 5-1 in 11 starts with a 2.74 ERA. The 20-year-old right hander logged 65 2/3 innings this year as opponents hit just .212 off him. He issued only ten walks and recorded sixty-seven strikeouts. Litsch was remarking when pitching on the road. He started seven games at home and went a perfect 4-0 with a 1.88 ERA. In 43 innings on the road he allowed just 27 hits, allowed 4 walks and struck out 47 batters. At home, Litsch went 1-1 in four starts and pitched to a 4.37 ERA. He allowed 24 hits in 22 innings of work, while striking out 20 batters and walking 6.

The right-hander was extremely successful against left-hand batters this past season posting a .185 batting average against mark, as opposed to his .238 batting average against went facing off against right-hand hitters. Litsch also shut down opponents when they reached scoring position, allowing just ten hits in fifty-two total at bats.

As a reward for his successful season, Litsch was handed a promotion to Auburn and was part of the Doubledays staff as they entered the postseason stretch. Litsch started three games in the regular season and appeared in one game as a reliever. In 10 total innings he allowed 11 hits, and pitched to a 3.60 ERA. The youngster was still able to perform well with running in scoring position as he allowed just two hits in sixteen total plate appearances.

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