Last week I chose the best hitter this season for each team.  This week we’ll see who was the best pitcher this season for each team.

AAA Louisville Bats

It was hard to choose a winner here, but I’m going with Josh Smith for Bat’s best pitcher.  The 27 year old RH SP posted a 3.75 ERA in 86.1 IP allowing 84 H and 24 BB with 69 SO.  Smith will most likely be back at Louisville next year at the back end of the Bat’s rotation.  Smith’s 86.1 IP was the 4th most by a Bat’s pitcher this season.  Due to injuries and trades at the ML level, the Bat’s had 39 different pitchers toe the rubber this season.  Honorable mentions here to John Moscot (3.15 ERA in 54.1 IP) and Michael Lorenzen (1.88 ERA in 43 IP).

AA Pensacola Blue Wahoos

The best pitcher for the Blue Wahoos this year was 27 year old RH SP Tim Adleman.  Adleman had a 2.64 ERA in 150 IP allowing 134 H and 49 BB with 113 SO.  He should start the year in Louisville next year and he may have a hard time making the rotation there depending on how the Red’s starting rotation shapes up.  Honorable mentions to Cody Reed (2.17 ERA in 49.2 IP) and Zack Weiss (2.42 ERA in 52IP).

High A Daytona Tortugas

The Tortuga’s best pitcher this year was 23 year old LH SP Amir Garrett who had a 2.44 ERA in 140.1 IP allowing 117 H and 55 BB with 133 SO.  Garrett’s 7.5 H/9 and 8.5 SO/9 numbers are very good but he has some room to improve with his 3.5 BB/9.  Garrett should start next season in the rotation at AA Pensacola.  Honorable mentions to Jackson Stephens (2.97 ERA in 145.1 IP), Nick Travieso (2.70 ERA in 93.1 IP), Barrett Astin (2.29 ERA in 74.2 IP), and Seth Varner (2.97 ERA in 60.2 IP).

Low A Dayton Dragons

The best pitcher in Dayton this year was 20 year RH SP Tyler Mahle.  Mahle posted a 2.43 ERA in 152 IP allowing 145 H and 25 BB with 135 SO.  Mahle was the youngest member of a very strong rotation at Dayton this year.  He should start next season at A+ Daytona.  Honorable mentions here to Wyatt Strahan (2.79 ERA in 164.1 IP), Tejay Antone (2.91 ERA in 158 IP), Jake Paulson (2.60 ERA in 117.2 IP), and Seth Varner (2.88 ERA in 78 IP).

Rookie Billings Mustangs

The Mustangs top hurler was LH SP Ty Boyles who had a 2.17 ERA in 58 IP allowing 51 H and 17 BB with 48 SO.  Boyles will begin next season back at A level Dayton where he ended his season this year posting a 8.62 ERA over 4 GS.  Honorable mention here to Jose Lopez (3.16 ERA in 57 IP)

Rookie AZL Reds

The AZL Reds best pitcher this year was 22 year old RH SP Wendolyn Bautista.  Bautista had a  2.60 ERA in 55.1 IP allowing 54 H and 12 BB with 55 SO.  Bautista is old for this league and I wouldn’t be surprised if he started out next year at A Dayton.  Honorable mentions here to Alfredo Mena (2.83 ERA in 35 IP) and Ian Kahaloa (2.25 ERA in 24  IP).