Oakland A's Minor League Pitcher of the Month – June
Seth Streich, Beloit Snappers
Stats: Six starts, 1.54 ERA, 35 IP, 32:10 K:BB, 1 HR, .238 BAA
It was a rough first two months of the season for Streich, who posted ERAs north of six in April and in May. The A's 2012 sixth-round pick is too talented to struggle like that all season, and he proved that in June with a standout month. The right-hander earned pitcher of the week honors on June 24th and helped the Beloit Snappers close out a first-half division title.
Streich increased his strike-out rate while decreasing his walk rate in June. He also held opposing batters to a .238 average and allowed just one homerun. Homeruns haven't been an issue for Streich this season, as he has allowed just two in 79.2 innings. Despite the early struggles, Streich is 9-4 with a 4.41 ERA and a 1.29 GO/AO ratio for the season and he looks poised for a big second half.
Brian Gordon, Sacramento (1.42 ERA, 12.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 20 K, 4 SV)
Gordon has flown under-the-radar a bit, but he is quietly positioning himself for a big league opportunity later this season. The outfielder-turned-pitcher had an ERA better than six in April, but he has posted sub-2.00 ERAs in May and June. In June, he dominated while being used mostly in a closer's role. Gordon has walked just eight in 40.1 innings this season.
Seth Frankoff, Stockton (1.50 ERA, 18 IP, 11 H, 3 ER, 27:6 K:BB, 1 HR)
A starter his first two years in the A's organization, Frankoff has made the move to the bullpen and is flourishing in that role. In June, Frankoff piled up the strike-outs and held opposing batters to a .175 average. Frankoff has a 53:13 K:BB ratio this season and a 2.00 GO/AO rate.
Sean Murphy, Midland (3.95 ERA, 30 IP, 27:8 K:BB, 2 HR)
Murphy was the model of consistency in June. After a rough first start of the month (four runs allowed in 3.1 innings), Murphy pitched exactly six innings in each of his next four starts. In his final two starts of the month, the tall right-hander struck-out 17 in 12 innings while allowing just eight hits, three walks and two runs.
Raul Alcantara, Beloit, Stockton (1.16 ERA, 23.1 IP, 18:4 K:BB, 0 HR)
Partway through the month, Alcantara bid adieu to the Midwest League, finishing his stint with the Beloit Snappers at 7-1 with a 2.44 ERA and seven walks in 77.1 innings. Alcantara has opened his Stockton career at 2-0 with a 2.61 ERA. In June, Alcantara continued to show plus command and he upped his strike-out rate while with Beloit, although it dipped in his first two starts with Stockton. Alcantara didn't allow a homer in June and has allowed just three in 87.2 innings this season.
Tucker Healy, Beloit/Stockton (0.00 ERA, 11.1 IP, 9 H, 16:3 K:BB)
Healy also made the jump from Beloit to Stockton during the month of June. He didn't miss a beat with the Ports, finishing the month with no earned runs allowed across both levels. Healy has excelled as a reliever this season, striking out 50 and walking only eight in 34.2 innings for the Snappers and Ports.