Johnny Hellweg Named to All-PCL Team
The Brewers are off today, so with no action on the field at the Major League level, we look to the Brewers minor leagues for some good news. Nashville Sounds RHP Johnny Hellweg was today named to the 2013 All-Pacific Coast League Team. The team consists of three pitchers–a right-handed starter, a left-handed starter and a reliever.
The 24-year-old is 11-5 with a 3.16 ERA (42er/119.2ip) in 22 starts for the Sounds this season. He ranks 2nd in the PCL in ERA and is tied for 2nd in wins, while leading the circuit in winning percentage (.688) and opponents average (.226).
Hellweg has gone 10-1 in his last 15 starts for the Sounds after opening the campaign by recording only one victory in his first seven outings.
The fireballer also struck out 84 batters on the year while leading the league with 79 walks issued and 13 hit batters. The Missouri native — who was acquired by the Brewers along with Brewers All-Star shortstop Jean Segura in last season’s Zack Greinke trade with the Los Angeles Angels — has posted a team-best 11 quality starts, including eight victories in a row from May 31 through July 30, and worked 24.0 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run during a four-start stretch in June and July.
Hellweg made his Major League debut for Milwaukee during a four-game stint in late June and early July (0-3, 10.97) and was named the Brewers’ Minor League Pitcher of the Month in July. The All-PCL squad is selected annually through voting by the league’s managers and media representatives.
Hellweg is the first Sound to be recognized on the All-PCL team since 2011, when third baseman Taylor Green was elected, and the first Nashville hurler chosen since R.A. Dickey and Adam Pettyjohn were both honored in 2007.