Rochester Red Wing Willie Eyre was added to the International League All-Star Team on Tuesday, joining fellow Red Wing reliever Travis Bowyer. It is Eyre's first All-Star selection since 2003, when he was an Eastern League All-Star for the New Britain Rock Cats.
This season, Eyre has been a tremendous setup man for Bowyer. In 32 appearances, all out of the bullpen, he is 8-2 with a 3.11 ERA. His eight wins is the second most by any reliever in the entire Minor Leagues.
Eyre has not lost a game since May 3, as he has picked up six wins and one save during that span. In his last seven appearances, he has only let up two earned runs in his 8.2 innings of relief.
A right-hander, Eyre has been devestating to lefties. He is holding them to a .236 batting average, and has struck out 28 batters in 20 innings. Righties are batting .278 against him, but his ERA is 2.39 against them.
To be a setup man, you have to be clutch. This season, Erye has been almost lights out in pressure situations. Batters are hitting .000 against him with the bases loaded and .154 with two outs and runners in scoring position. With runners in scoring position and any amount of outs, Eyre is handcuffing batters to the tune of a .214 batting average.
Working mostly the eighth inning this season, Eyre has a 2.18 ERA in the eighth, and batters are hitting .235 against him. When he needs to close a game out, he has held batters to a .189 batting average in the ninth inning and has an ERA of 2.61.
A 23rd round selection in the 1999 free agent draft, Eyre was signed by Lee MacPhil. His full name is Willie Mays Eyre, and his brother Scott is a pitcher for the San Francisco Giants. Willie was 6-7 with a 3.67 ERA last season for Rochester, making 35 appearances with 21 of them being starts.