White Sox A (Adv) Pitcher of July: SP Matt Heidenreich
Matt Heidenreich has been the ace of the Chicago White Sox Single-A Advanced team all season. He leads all Winston-Salem Dash starting pitchers in wins, ERA, strikeouts and innings.
His level of consistency is also the reason Heidenreich leads the Carolina League in wins and sits in the top five of those other three categories.
In July, it was more of the same for the big right-hander as he went 3-0 with a 2.43 ERA in six starts. He also had 30 strikeouts in 37 innings of work and opponents hit .243 against him.
His best outing of the month came on July 9th against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Cubs A advanced affiliate). Heidenreich picked up his ninth win of the season behind seven scoreless innings in which he allowed just four hits, one walk and struck out four.
For the season, he is 11-2 with a 2.60 ERA in 19 starts. In 117.2 innings, Heidenreich has 90 strikeouts and just 21 walks and while have hit .249 against him.
Euclides Leyer stood out as the best among a bad pitching staff back in June. In July however, only Heidenreich’s performance can compete with the numbers he put up.
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The Dash’s closer did not allow a run in his eight appearances last month. In 10.2 innings, he struck out 10 and opponents hit just .121 against him. He was also a perfect 4-4 in save opportunities.
His best outing of July also came on the 9th when he held on to a one-run lead by picking up a two-inning save. In those two innings, he allowed one hit, one walk and struck out two.
Leyer is now 2-2 on the year with a 1.42 ERA and four saves in five chances. He has pitched 31.2 innings in 21 games, struck out 29 and opponents are hitting just .193 against him. In three of the four games he has saved, Leyer has pitcher more than one inning.
Single-A Advanced notes
James Dykstra closed out July by picking up his first win since April 22nd. He had gone 13 consecutive starts without a win…. The White Sox 2015 first round pick Carson Fulmer is currently pitching at Winston-Salem. In four starts with the Dash, the Vanderbilt alum has a 4.50 ERA and 10 strikeouts in eight innings… Brandon Brennan is slated to start later today for the Dash. Since July 1st, he has not allowed more than three earned runs in a start and is coming off back to back outings of at least seven strikeouts.