PITTSBURGH - Former Pittsburgh pitcher Matt Wotherspoon sure is making a name for himself in the professional ranks less than two months into his professional tenure. On July 28, the righty garnered New York-Penn League Pitcher of the Week.
In two three-inning appearances, Wotherspoon picked up a win in relief and a save, while scattering just one hit and striking out nine in six innings. Against Hudson Valley, the top team in the New York-Penn League, Wotherspoon punched out a career-best seven batters to close the door on a combined three-hit shutout. In his next appearance he entered the game versus Connecticut in the fifth inning and retired all nine batters he faced to grab his second career win.
Being used exclusively out of the bullpen, Wotherspoon has put together quite the first professional season thus far. In 12 relief appearances, he is 2-2 with a save and has posted a 2.05 earned run average to go along with 21 strikeouts in 22 innings. Wotherspoon is stifling opposing batters, who are hitting just .185 off him.