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OaklandClubhouse’s Oakland A’s Minor League Pitcher of the Month: July

Who were the top pitchers in the Oakland A’s system for the month of July?

Zack Erwin / Photo by Kimberly Contreras
Zack Erwin takes home our July award. / Photo by Kimberly Contreras

OaklandClubhouse Pitcher of the Month: July

Zack Erwin, LHP, Beloit Snappers

5 GS, 26 IP, 0.69 ERA, 20 H, 1 HR, 4 BB, 32 K, .217 BAA

Erwin began the year in Extended Spring Training, rehabbing after off-season elbow surgery. The left-hander struggled last season while trying to pitch through elbow pain, but he has been outstanding post-surgery. In July, he was nearly flawless, allowing just two earned runs. He worked deeper into games and struck-out 31% of the batters he faced.

Erwin’s August got off to a great start, as well. He struck-out a career-high nine in six shutout innings. Erwin seems ready for another shot in High-A, but the A’s may keep him in Beloit for now while the Snappers make a push for the post-season.

Runner’s Up

Grant Holmes, RHP, Midland RockHounds: 6 GS, 37 IP, 3.16 ERA, 27 H, 5 HR, 15 BB, 33 K, .206 BAA

After a rough first half, Holmes has been one of the Texas League’s top starters in the second half. His ERA for the second half of the season is 2.94. In July, Holmes had three starts of seven innings and all six of his starts went at least five innings. Eight of the 13 runs he allowed in July came in his only poor outing of the month. Holmes is second in the Texas League in strike-outs. He continues to be a workhorse, leading all A’s minor leaguers in innings pitched.

Matt Milburn, RHP, Beloit Snappers: 6 GS, 35.2 IP, 2.27 ERA, 34 H, 2 HR, 5 BB, 27 K, .254 BAA

Milburn’s ERA the first two months of the season wasn’t pretty, but his peripherals suggested that he was pitching much better than his ERA would indicate. His ERA has caught up to his peripherals the past two months, and in July he posted his best monthly ERA to date. For the season, Milburn has 106 strike-outs and only 24 walks in 108.1 innings.

Dustin Hurlbutt, RHP, Midland RockHounds: 6 GS, 33.2 IP, 2.41 ERA, 20 H, 3 HR, 17 BB, 21 K, .164 BAA

In Hurlbutt’s first Double-A start, he walked six and allowed four runs in 4.1 innings. Since then, the right-hander has been nails for the RockHounds. In his other five July starts, Hurlbutt allowed just five runs in 29.1 innings. His walks were on the high side all month, but he didn’t walk a batter in his final start in July and he walked only one in his August debut. For the year, Hurlbutt has a 102:36 K:BB and a 3.18 ERA in 113.1 innings.

Parker Dunshee, RHP, Vermont Lake Monsters: 19 IP, 0.00 ERA, 7 H, 0 HR, 5 BB, 25 K, .113 BAA

The A’s 2017 seventh-round pick is off to a fast start to his pro career. After a rough debut in the Arizona Rookie League, Dunshee arrived in Vermont and has been nearly flawless ever since. He has allowed just 16 base-runners in 21 innings for Vermont and he is striking out 33% of all batters he has faced. The A’s are being cautious with his innings after he had a full college workload, but Dunshee may start working deeper into games during the season’s final month.

Brandon Marsonek, LHP, AZL Athletics / Stockton Ports: 11.1 IP, 0.00 ERA, 4 H, 4 BB, 18 K, .118 BAA

An undrafted free agent out of Alabama A&M, Marsonek has already made the jump to full-season ball and is more than holding his own. The left-hander allowed just eight base-runners in 11.1 innings in July while striking out 39% of all batters he faced. Left-handed hitters have yet to record a hit off of Marsonek as a pro. Marsonek struck-out 139 batters in 111.1 innings for Alabama A&M this season. He broke the school’s strike-out record.

Also Considered

Seth Martinez, RHP, Beloit Snappers: 30 IP, 3.00 ERA, 23 H, 2 HR, 5 BB, 20 K, .204 BAA; Angello Infante, RHP, DSL Athletics: 25.1 IP, 1.07 ERA, 23 H, 0 HR, 0 BB, 23 K, .245 BAA; Angel Duno, RHP, Stockton Ports: 31 IP, 3.19 ERA, 44 H, 3 HR, 4 BB, 29 K, .326 BAA; Abdiel Mendoza, RHP, Vermont Lake Monsters: 23.2 IP, 2.28 ERA, 19 H, 0 HR, 4 BB, 14 K, .224 BAA; Dennis Herrera, RHP, DSL Athletics: 23.2 IP, 1.14 ERA, 18 H, 0 HR, 9 BB, 16 K, .214 BAA; Heath Bowers, RHP, Beloit Snappers: 15.1 IP, 0.00 ERA, 9 H, 0 HR, 9 BB, 14 K, .173 BAA; Yordys Alejo, RHP, Beloit Snappers: 12 IP, 0.00 ERA, 8 H, 0 HR, 3 BB, 8 K, .205 BAA, 3 SV; Brian Howard, RHP, Vermont Lake Monsters: 13.1 IP, 0.68 ERA, 0 HR, 0 BB, 11 K, .265 BAA

OaklandClubhouse’s Oakland A’s Minor League Player of the Month: July

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