Wilmington, DE - Wilmington Blue Rocks' starting pitcher Gerson Garabito earned the ERA title in the Carolina League after posting a 3.16 ERA over 26 starts. The right-hander becomes the first Blue Rock to lead the league in earned run average since 2014 when Glenn Sparkman led the circuit with a 1.56 ERA. Garabito also became the fourth Blue Rocks' pitcher to finish in the top-five in ERA in the Carolina League in the last five years.
The San Cristobal, Dominican Republic native entered the season as the 18th-best prospect in the Kansas City Royals' system per Baseball America and spent the entire 2018 season with Wilmington. In his 26 starts, the 23-year-old posted an 8-6 record to go along with his league-leading ERA. In 142.1 innings of work, he allowed just 50 earned runs during that span and held opponents to a .226 batting average against. He put together 13 quality starts and had a strong second half of the season. After going 2-5 with a 4.30 ERA through his first 13 starts at the Advanced-A level, Garabito went an impressive 6-1 with a 2.15 ERA in the same amount of outings in the second half of the campaign.
Along with leading the league in ERA, Garabito also finished in the top-five in the CL in starts (T-1st, 26), batting average against (2nd, .226), innings pitched (3rd, 142.1) and strikeouts (5th, 116). Garabito also paced all Royals' farmhands in ERA while finishing third in strikeouts.
Last season, Garabito spent the majority of the year in Low-A Lexington and went 4-5 with a 2.81 ERA in 15 starts.
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