KODAK, Tenn. (July 17, 2017) - Right-handed pitcher Grayson Long of the Mobile BayBears, the Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, has been named Southern League Pitcher of the Week for July 10 through 16. The 23-year-old made two six-inning starts and did not allow a run.
Long led the Mobile pitching staff with a total of 12 scoreless innings and only gave up seven hits in two quality starts. He struck out eight batters, matching his season-high, while issuing just one walk in a win July 11 at Birmingham. In Sunday's road start against Tennessee, Long fanned seven batters over six frames to earn his fifth win of the season.
The Mont Belvieu, Texas native was selected by the Angels in the third round of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft out of Texas A&M University. After making three starts with Class A Advanced Inland Empire, he was promoted to Mobile on April 20. Long is sixth in the circuit with a 2.76 ERA through 84 2/3 innings, is tied for the team-lead with 79 strikeouts, and was named a Southern League Mid-Season All-Star. He is currently the No. 5 prospect and the No. 2 pitching prospect in the Angels organization, according to MLB Pipeline.
Long is the third BayBears player to earn a Southern League weekly award this season. Luis Diaz , who is currently with Triple-A Salt Lake, was named Pitcher of the Week on April 17, and Zach Houchins earned Player of the Week honors on June 12.
The BayBears wrap up a five-game road series against Tennessee Monday at 6:00 p.m. CT. Live coverage can be seen on MiLB.tv (Tennessee feed, subscription required, promo code: BAYBEARS) and heard on the BayBears Broadcast Network, the TuneIn Radio App, and the MiLB First Pitch App, with the Countdown to First Pitch starting at 5:40 p.m. CT.
The BayBears return home Wednesday and host a total of 70 home dates through Labor Day, September 4. Single-game tickets and ticket packages are currently on sale. Season tickets and group and hospitality offerings for the 2017 season can be reserved by calling (251) 479-BEAR (2327).
About the Mobile BayBears
The Mobile BayBears are the Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles of Anaheim and play their games at beautiful Hank Aaron Stadium in Mobile, Alabama. The BayBears were founded in 1997 and have won four Southern League titles in 1998, 2004, 2011, and 2012. Additionally, the 1998 and 2011 championship squads were named Minor League Team of the Year by Baseball America. More than 150 former BayBears have reached the Major League level, including All-Stars Max Scherzer, Paul Goldschmidt, Jake Peavy, Carlos Gonzalez, and Justin Upton. For more information on the Mobile BayBears and Hank Aaron Stadium, please visit MobileBayBears.com, call (251) 479-BEAR (2327), or contact Steve Goldberg via email at Steve@MobileBayBears.com.