De Fratus Named TL Pitcher of the Week

Tulsa pitcher Justin De Fratus was named the first Texas League Pitcher of the Year on Monday. (Rich Crimi)

By Tulsa Drillers | April 16, 2018 6:34 PM

Tulsa Drillers pitcher Justin De Fratus has been the first Texas League Pitcher of the Week for the 2018 season. The right-hander received the honor after not allowing an earned run in his first two starts of the year.

The former Philadelphia Phillies hurler made his first start of the season on April 7 and worked six shutout innings against Frisco, allowing only three hits while striking out four.

In his second outing, De Fratus allowed his first two runs of the season, but both were unearned as he received a no decision in an 8-4 win over the RoughRiders.

Combined, he has worked 11.1 innings, surrendering only seven hits and three walks while striking out nine.

De Fratus is scheduled to make his third start of the season on Tuesday night in the final game of the opening homestand for the Drillers.

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

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