The Daytona Tortugas pitching staff is bringing home some more hardware as starting pitcher Bryce Bonnin was just named as the Low-A Southeast Pitcher of the Month for July. Bonnin joins teammate James Proctor, who won the award for May as Tortugas with a plaque to hang on his wall.
July was the only month of the season in which Bryce Bonnin has been active for Daytona. The right-handed pitcher was injured in spring training and worked his way back, making a rehab start on June 29th for the Arizona Complex League Reds before joining the Tortugas the first week of July. In his first start he threw 5.0 perfect innings and struck out 11 batters.
While he hasn’t been THAT good since, he continued to dominate. Bonnin allowed two runs against Bradenton on July 13th, but those would be the only two runs he gave up during the month. Taking on Fort Myers on the 24th he struck out seven batters and allowed one hit in 5.0 innings. Then he ended the month with 5.0 shutout frames at home against the St. Lucie Mets that included nine more strikeouts.
In total the month of July saw Bryce Bonnin post a 0.95 ERA in 19.0 innings for Daytona. Over that span of four starts he allowed just seven hits and he walked just three batters – that’s a WHIP of 0.53 for the month – and he struck out 30 of the 66 hitters he faced. For those who aren’t a human calculator that is a strikeout rate of 45%. Oh, and hitters managed a .111/.152/.175 line against him during the month.
After missing the first two months of the season, the Cincinnati Reds 3rd round pick in the 2020 draft has seemingly been making up for lost time. His stuff has improved in a big way since the time he was drafted, adding several ticks of velocity to his fastball. Thus far his control has also been outstanding.