Cardinals RHP Jack Flaherty Named Texas League Player of the Month
Springfield, MO - Minor League Baseball has announced that Springfield Cardinals RHP Jack Flaherty has been named the Texas League Player of the Month for April.
It marks the latest award for Flaherty, who has also been recognized as the St. Louis Cardinals Minor League Pitcher of the Month for April and the Texas League Pitcher of the Week for April 17 - 23.
Flaherty, 21, has been the most dominant pitcher in the Texas League from the start of the season, beginning his first Double-A campaign with a 4-0 record and a miniscule 0.56 ERA through five starts in April. In a league-leading 32.1 total innings during the month, Flaherty allowed only two runs on 22 hits and four walks while striking out 28. He authored a 21.1 scoreless inning streak that lasted from the 4th inning on April 11 through the 4th inning on April 30, and included two scoreless starts in between.
The Burbank, California native has started May in similarly impressive fashion, matching a career high with 12 strikeouts through 7.0 one-run innings with only two hits allowed on May 5. Overall this season, he is 5-0 with a 0.69 ERA through six starts, leading the Texas League in wins, ERA, innings pitched (39.1), strikeouts (40) and WHIP (0.74), while ranking 2nd with a .174 average against.
Selected by St. Louis in the 1st round of the 2014 June Draft out of Harvard-Westlake High School in California, Flaherty entered the season ranked among the Cardinals top prospects by both MLB.com (#8) and Baseball America (#11).
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