RHP Erick Leal had a tremendous outing against Kane County last Tuesday and he was rewarded for his effort Monday when he was named the Midwest League Pitcher of the Week (Aug. 3-9).
Erick Leal pitched nine innings of no-hit ball and faced just one over the minimum. Leal walked a batter in the fifth inning. Leal struck out four batters over nine innings while recording 14 groundball outs and four fly ball outs. Leal received a no-decision in a game South Bend lost 1-0 in 12 innings.
RHP Erick Leal joins C/1B Cael Brockmeyer (Midwest League: April 9-19), 1B Dan Vogelbach (Southern League: April 9-19; April 20-26), RHP Tyler Skulina (Carolina League: April 27-May 3), OF Billy McKinney (Carolina League: May 4-10), OF/1B Yasiel Balaguert (Midwest League: May 25-31), OF Kevin Brown (Carolina League: May 25-31), INF Christian Villanueva (Pacific Coast League: June 1-7; July 13-19), OF Mark Zagunis (Carolina League: June 15-21), OF Jeffrey Baez (Midwest League: July 13-19), C Willson Contreras (Southern League: July 26-Aug. 2), RHP Jonathan Martinez (Carolina League: July 26-Aug. 2 ) and RHP Adbert Alzolay (Northwest League: July 26-Aug. 2) as the prospects in the organization that have won Player of the Week awards for their respective leagues.
Erick Leal is 7-7 in 18 starts for Low-A South Bend this season with a 4.18 ERA and 1.34 WHIP. Leal has allowed 54 runs, 47 earned, on 111 hits with 27 walks and 60 strikeouts. While those numbers do not point to a pitcher having a good season, especially in Low-A ball, he has made steady improvement this season.
The 20-year old right hander started turning his season back around in July. After a very good start to the year (3-0 in four starts with a 2.25 ERA and 1.45 WHIP), Leal stumbled in May and June. Leal was 1-3 in five July starts with a 3.66 ERA and 1.19 WHIP.
Erick Leal is 1-3 in six second half starts with a 2.85 ERA and 0.95 WHIP. Leal has allowed 14 runs, 13 earned, on 32 hits with seven walks and 19 strikeouts.
This is Erick Leal’s first year in full-season baseball. Leal made 13 appearances for the AZL Cubs in 2013 and 13 starts for Short-Season Boise a year ago.
The Cubs acquired RHP Erick Leal and RHP Jesus Castillo from the Diamondbacks for OF Tony Campana in February 2013.