It is becoming too commonplace. It seems like it is another week and another award for the Yankees’ farm system. Dante Bichette, Jr. wrapped up the Florida State League Player of the Week Award on Monday. Now, the Thunder’s official site reports that Jeremy Bleich has taken home the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week Award.
His award comes after his past Friday’s performance against the Richmond Flying Squirrels. Bleich had one of the best outings in his young career. He tossed seven shutout innings, matching his career-high, while allowing only four hits and yielding two walks. Bleich’s biggest accomplishment on that evening was striking out ten Flying Squirrels.
The Yankees made Bleich the 44th overall selection in the first round in the 2008 MLB June Amateur Draft. He pitched well for the Thunder last season, coming out of the bullpen as well as starting. This season, his first as a full-time starter, he seems to have turned a page. He sits at 4-4 with a 3.47 ERA and 49 K/ 16 BB ratio over 49 innings. Bleich joins pitcher Bryan Mitchell and 1B Kyle Roller (now with the RailRiders) as the third Thunder player to capture a weekly award in the Eastern League this season.