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Potomac's Teel earns CL Player of the Month award

Left-hander shined as one of MiLB's best pitchers in August
September 5, 2019

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Sept. 5, 2019) - For the first time since August of 2017, the Uncle Ray's Carolina League Player of the Month is a pitcher. Potomac's Carson Teel paced all CL hurlers with a 0.87 earned run average en route to his first professional monthly award, Minor League Baseball

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Sept. 5, 2019) - For the first time since August of 2017, the Uncle Ray's Carolina League Player of the Month is a pitcher. Potomac's Carson Teel paced all CL hurlers with a 0.87 earned run average en route to his first professional monthly award, Minor League Baseball announced Thursday in its release of top performers for the month of August.
Teel surrendered just three earned runs over 31 innings in five starts last month, thus lowering his season-long Carolina League ERA from 4.07 to 3.12. His 0.87 earned run average not only paced the Carolina League, but it was second among all Minor League qualifiers to Sam Long of Kannapolis (Low-A, White Sox), who logged a 0.61 ERA in five starts.

A former 16th-round pick out of Oklahoma State, Teel also finished second in the league to Wilmington's Kris Bubic in both opponents batting average (.198) and WHIP (0.90). Teel logged 23 strikeouts to just six walks during the month of August.
Thanks to this late-season surge, Teel earned his first career promotion to Double-A Harrisburg for the Eastern League playoffs. Teel and the Senators are facing off with Bowie in a best-of-five first-round series this weekend.
Teel becomes the first Carolina League pitcher to claim the circuit's monthly award since Lynchburg right-hander Aaron Civale accomplished the feat in August of 2017. Civale is currently in the Major Leagues with Lynchburg's parent club, the Cleveland Indians.