By Jerry Del Priore
The South Atlantic League (SAL) tabbed Columbia Fireflies’ pitcher with the SAL-BC® Relief Pitcher of the Month honor for July, SAL President Eric Krupa announced today.
The 24-year-old righty hurled 15.0 scoreless during the month while fanning 23 hitters. Blackham permitted just six hits and two walks in his eight appearances.
“Matt has been one of our most consistent pitchers coming out of the bullpen,” Fireflies manager Jose Leger said in a press release. “He has absolutely dominated hitters this month. He brings so much hard work and determination to the table.”
The Overland Park, Kansas, native picked up a victory on July 13 at home against Greensboro (2 IP, 4 K) and posted two holds (July 20 and 28). Blackham has been arguably the most dependable reliever for Columbia.
The New York Mets’ 29th round pick in the 2014 of the MLB June amateur draft owns the best strikeout per nine innings pitched ratio (13.2) in the SAL. This season, Blackham has whiffed 66 batters in just 45 innings and is 4-2 with a 1.80 ERA (28 games).
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