Former University of Wisconsin Oshkosh baseball player Jarrod Washburn has been named the American League Pitcher of the Month for July.
Washburn, who was traded to the Detroit Tigers from the Seattle Mariners on July 31, earned the first monthly award of his 12-year major league career.
Washburn’s final month with the Mariners featured a 4-1 record and a 1.44 earned run average in 43 2/3 innings pitched. His earned run average in July led all American League pitchers who worked 25-plus innings.
The left-handed throwing Washburn got his month off to a terrific start by hurling a complete-game, one-hit shutout to lead the Mariners to a 5-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on July 6. Washburn retired 27 of the 28 batters he faced in posting his fourth career shutout and the 10th one-hitter in Mariner history.
Washburn made his Detroit debut on Aug. 4 and suffered the loss in the Tigers’ 8-2 setback to the Orioles. Washburn gave up six runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings to end a streak of 12 consecutive starts of pitching six-plus innings.
Washburn has compiled an 8-7 record and a 2.93 earned run average in 20 starts for the Mariners and one for the Tigers this season. He has struck out 81 batters, while limiting opponents to a .226 batting average in 138 1/3 innings pitched. Washburn ranks second in the American League in batting average against and fifth in earned run average.
Washburn, 34, spent the first eight seasons of his major league career with the Angels. He then signed a four-year, free agent contract with the Mariners following the 2005 season.
Washburn was a second round draft pick by the Angels in 1995. He worked his way up the minor league system and made his major league debut in 1998.