Topps has named Kei Igawa to the Triple-A All-Star team. This release from the Scranton Yankees:
Moosic, PA â€“ 2008 may end up being a break through year for left handed pitcher Kei Igawa. The second-year pro from Japan set a Scranton/Wilkes-Barre franchise record for wins in a season by a left-handed pitcher with 14 and was named the teamâ€™s 2008 Pitcher of the Year. Igawa set the tone for the season with six perfect innings on opening night for the Yankees and closed out the season winning 11 of his final 13 decisions, earning a spot on the 2008 Topps/Minor League Baseball Triple-A All-Star Team.
Igwaa sat at 3-4 on the season after dropping a 4-2 decision at Louisville on May 16th before winning his next five decisions. Igawaâ€™s streak ended with a 2-1 loss at Toledo on July 9th, his final start before the all-star break. Following the three-day break, Igawa was better than ever winning his first six decisions in the second half. He was dominant in July and August compiling a 6-1 post all-star break record in eight starts with a 2.72 ERA.
Igawa led the Yankees in starts (24), wins (14), innings pitched (156.1) and strike outs (117). His 14 wins tied Joe Roaâ€™s franchise record set in 2002. The outstanding work on the hill did not end with the regular season as Igawa posted a 1-0 mark with a 1.35 ERA and nine Kâ€™s in 13.1 postseason innings, helping lead Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to the Governorsâ€™ Cup for the first time in franchise history.
Do you think the scout who recommended Igawa hires somebody to start his car every day? The guy must be terrified.
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