Verdugo named EL Pitcher of the Week

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Ryan Verdugo's one great start earned him a big award on Monday.  The Eastern League announced that the Squirrels' left-handed starter was named the Pitcher of the Week.

In the 24 year-olds one start during the week the left-handed starter threw a career high 8.0 innings and struck out 10 batters allowing no runs and walking just one.

Verdugo is listed in Baseball America's top-30 Giants' prospects taking the #25 spot. He currently holds the sixth spot in the Eastern League with 59 strikeouts, and seventh in ERA (2.50). Overall in the 2011 season he holds a record of 3-1 in 10 starts with 54.0 innings pitched.

Originally drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 43rd round of the 2005 June draft and then by the Giants in the 47th round in 2007 but did not sign until the Giants selected him again in the 9th round of the 2008 June Draft. Native of Pasadena, CA he recovered from Tommy John surgery in 2005 to have a successful career at Skagit College (2006-06) and LSU (2008).

The Squirrels were off Monday.  They begin a six game road swing to Portland and New Hampshire on Tuesday.

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