Fresno's Rodgers tabbed Pitcher of the Year

PCL ERA leader takes home league's highest pitcher honor

Photo credit: Kiel Maddox.

By Pacific Coast League | August 31, 2016 1:01 PM

ROUND ROCK, Texas - Fresno Grizzlies' right-hander Brady Rodgers' breakthrough season has culminated with him being voted the Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Year, the league office announced Wednesday. He becomes the first Fresno pitcher to win this award in the 13 years since it was created.

In his second full season with the Astros' Triple-A affiliate, Rodgers has compiled a league-best 2.91 ERA (130.0 IP, 42 ER) with 22 walks and 112 strikeouts in 21 starts. His career-best 12 wins is tied for third most in the PCL, with his 1.16 WHIP ranking fourth. Among PCL starters, he has posted the second-lowest walks per 9 innings (1.45) and the fifth-highest strikeouts per 9 innings (7.75).

Rodgers' season took off beginning with his May 4 outing against Reno. He tossed a four-hit, complete game shutout, throwing only 16 balls in 31 batters faced (86 pitches), which earned him Pitcher of the Week honors. The 25-year-old is 12-2 with a 2.48 ERA (109.0 IP, 30 ER) over his last 17 starts, including a span where he won 11 consecutive decisions over 12 starts. That stretch started May 21 with an 11-strikeout, 0-walk performance against Memphis - only the sixth start in the PCL this year of that many strikeouts without a walk.

The Texas native was the PCL's starter in the Triple-A All-Star Game; he went 2.0 innings, allowing only a solo home run, striking out three of the seven hitters he faced. It was the second time in his career he was named to a Mid-Season All-Star roster after previously being honored in 2013 with the Single-A California League's Lancaster JetHawks.  

Rodgers has spent his entire five-year career in the Astros organization after being selected by Houston in the third round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft out of Arizona State. In 110 professional games (92 starts), Rodgers is 45-33 with a 4.07 ERA (556.2 IP, 252 ER) with 455 strikeouts against only 101 walks.

Since 2004, the PCL has honored the league's top pitcher. Balloting was conducted by the 16 field managers and media representatives across the league. Rodgers garnered over two-thirds of the total votes, with Sacramento's Ty Blach finishing second. 

PCL Postseason Awards Schedule:

Thursday, September 1: Most Valuable Player

Friday, September 2: Manager of the Year

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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