In American Association Daily, the Minor League Sports Report names their American Association Player and Pitcher of the Month for May, as Robert Pannier and Kevin Luckow select Wichita Wingnuts starter Casey Harman as Pitcher of the Month and Lincoln Saltdogs infielder Player of the Month.
Minor League Sports Report Names May Honorees
The Minor League Sports Report has named their Pitcher of the Month for May as well as the Player of the Month in the American Association, taking Wichita Wingnuts starter Casey Harman as the top pitcher in May and Lincoln Saltdogs infielder Chase Simpson as the top player for the month.
Player of the Month – May: Chase Simpson, Lincoln Saltdogs
Chase Simpson leaves the first month of the American Association season hitting .409, fourth best in the league, with 4-homers and 11-RBI. His home run total is tied for second in the league, trailing only teammate Angel Reyes, who has five, and he is ninth in RBI.
Simpson has appeared in all 14 games for the Saltdogs this season, recording at least one hit in every game but two. The Lincoln infielder started out red-hot against the Sioux City Explorers, going 7-12 through the first three games, including a 4-4 day on May 19. He currently has hits in each of his last seven games (9-25, .360) and has had five multiple hit games in the month of May.
Simpson has also shown a great eye at the plate, walking 18 times this season, most in the American Association. That has given the infielder a gaudy .578 on-base percentage through the first 14 games of the season, tops in the league. Simpson is tied for second in runs scored with 14 and is first in slugging percentage (.870)
Pitcher of the Month- May: Casey Harman, Wichita Wingnuts
Wichita Wingnuts starter Casey Harman has been named the top pitcher in the American Association for May. The left-hander is tied for second in victories with two, and has yet to yield a run in his first three outings of the season.
Through three starts, Harman has gone 17-innings, allowing 10 hits and 4-walks, while striking out 18. In his first start, he tossed six shutout innings against the Kansas City T-Bones in a 5-2 Wichita victory. The lefty allowed 3-hits and no walks, while striking out 3.
On May 24, he kept the Lincoln Saltdogs off the scoreboard for 5-innings, allowing 3-hits and 2-walks, while striking out a season high 9. He left after five with his team leading, but the bullpen could not maintain the lead, as Wichita fell 6-5.
On May 30, Harman outdueled Cleburne Railroaders ace Patrick Mincey, going 6-innings, allowing 4-hits. He walked 2 and struck out 6 in the Wingnuts 2-0 victory.
Harman has a WHIP of 0.82 and opponents are hitting just .164 against the lefty so far this season. His 0.00 ERA leads the league.
By Robert Pannier