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Lansing Lugnuts: Pitcher of the Year

Did McLaughlin Win the Award for Lansing in 2005?

The Lansing Lugnuts finished with a team ERA of 4.17 this past season. Their starting pitching had its moment, but was extremely inconsistent. The bright spot of their pitching was the bullpen, which featured some solid performances. However, when it came down to picking the Most Valuable Pitcher for the Lugnuts, one pitcher received most of the attention.

Just like Chip Cannon, Casey Janssen tore up the Midwest League with his performance early in the season. Janssen made just seven starts with Lansing before being promoted to the Dunedin Blue Jays. In those seven starts he went 4-0 with a 1.37 ERA. He allowed just 27 hits in 46 innings of work, while walking just 4 batters and striking out 38. Another pitcher that received a rapid promotion to...

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