Fort Myers Miracle May Recap

Gutierrez has since been promoted.

The Fort Myers Miracle pitched their way to a 20-8 record in May, as their pitching staff combined for a 3.08 earned run average. Getting some big contributions from some top prospects, the Miracle have a 5.5 game lead in the Florida State League Western Division, and are pulling away from the competition.

The pitching staff has been the story for the Miracle in 2009, and May was no different. Carlos Gutierrez has been lights out all season long, and he posted a 1.35 earned run average in his five May starts. Overall, he won two games, struck out 19, and allowed only one home run. Fellow starter Michael McCardell was just as good, winning four of his five starts, and he notched a 2,90 earned run average.

Not to be outdone, Tyler Robertson also had a stellar month on the bump, winning twice. The left-hander had a 3.74 earned run average, and struck out 21 batters. However, David Bromberg might have had the best month of all, going 4-0, starting five games, and holding the opposition to a .179 batting average. He also had a 1.45 earned run average, held opponents to a .179 average, and struck out 27.

The strong efforts did not end with the starters in May, as some of the Miracle relievers helped notch victories. Alex Burnett, who was one of the top starters in the organization the past few seasons, has been stellar in the pen, and had a 1.50 earned run average in ten appearances in May. Steven Hirschfield was just as dominant, appearing in seven games, and also posted an earned run average under 2.00.

Spencer Steedley was perfect in May, after not allowing an earned run in nine appearances, and Blair Erickson had a 2.25 ERA in his nine games. Santos Arias rounds out the top performers in May, as he also made nine appearances, and struck out nearly a batter per inning.

Chris Parmelee may have had his most consistent month as a professional hitter in May, as the slugger batted over .300 through his 27 games. Collecting a hit per game, Parmelee showed an advanced batting eye in May, walking 14 times, and he had an on-base percentage close to .400. Though he only hit two home runs, the Miracle love the production he showed, and are very happy with his development.

No big news here, but Ben Revere batted close to .400 in the month of May, which is something he did a lot of in 2008. The speedster, who was our number one prospect in the off-season, led the team with ten stolen bases in his 26 games, and he scored 17 times. He also played terrific in the outfield, as he did not have a single error.

Another big bat for the Miracle in May was outfielder Mark Dolenc, who continues to have a very good Minor League career. Though he never gets much attention, Dolenc just continues to produce, and was one of three Miracle to bat over .300 last month. Dolenc led the team with seven doubles, drove in 12 runs, and finished second on the team with 30 hits.

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