The Lake League’s Toronto Nomads remain hot at the close of the opening month of baseball as they pick up two player of the month awards for May 2018.
Jorge “Chachi” Chavarria was named Lake League Rookie of the Month after the 26-year-old third baseman showed he’s got some skill at the plate, going .323 with a pair of homers and 13 RBIs through the month. Chachi came to the Nomads in a trade with Arizona last season, and was sent to AAA Brampton, where he provided solid numbers on the way to a Longhorns Cow League championship.
The Nomads also picked up the Lake League Pitcher of the Month award, which went to Knuckles Malone, the knuckleballing righty. Malone was a big part of the Nomads unusually electric start to the season, commanding 3 win decisions with no losses, and crafting an ERA of just 1.48. In 30.1 innings, he has whiffed 34 batters. So far in four games in 2018, he has allowed just one walk.
The last Lake League award, Batter of the Month, went to Boston’s Guido Groeneveld, the veteran catcher. He tallied 7 home runs in May, including 3 hit two days ago against the Sluggers. He is already having a stellar 2018 compared to last season, when he was injured early in the year and missed the rest of the season.
Over in the American Eagle League, the top batter for May was Earl MacPherson, the Norfolk Sharks catcher who has a hit in all but three of fourteen games in May. “Blur” ended the month with a .385 average, ten home runs, and 16 RBIs.
The AEL’s best pitcher was Arizona’s right hander Robby McWeeney. Despite the Cowboys usual subpar start to the year – they sit at 6-11 currently – “Bright Kid” McWeeney, who is only in his third season in the Bull League, was 2-1 with a 2.10 ERA, and 37 K’s through 30.0 innings.
Finally, the top rookie in the AEL for May was named as Chris Zerkle, the St. Pete’s Admirals righty who had a flawless 3-0 month, crafting a 1.52 ERA like a seasoned pro. He capped the month off back on the 27th with a 2-hit shutout, striking out a season high 7 Arizona batters and just allowing 2 walks in a 2-0 win over the Cowboys.