Sunday, August 29, 2010

BBM Awards PITCHER OF THE YEAR: Bobby Cramer, Quintana Roo Tigres

2010 was not a standout season for Mexican League pitchers, but longtime minor leaguer Bobby Cramer was the exception.

Cramer, a 2001 Seattle draft pick who spent several seasons in the Oakland organization before heading south of the border to pitch in Cancun for the Quintana Roo Tigres, led the LMB in several pitching categories, including wins (13), complete games (5), shutouts (3), strikeouts (123) and WHIP (1.12). The California product also showed remarkable control for a lefty, issuing just 27 walks in his 128 innings pitched for the Tigres, yet gave up only six homers all season (also a remarkable figure for a control pitcher…ask Jamie Moyer). In all, Cramer was easily the most dominant pitcher in the Liga this summer.

After the season, Cramer headed back north to pitch for Oakland’s AAA affiliate in Sacramento.