The Midwest League and Minor League Baseball announced that Dayton Dragons right-handed starter Johnathan Harmon was named the league’s Pitcher of the Week for June 3rd through June 9th.

Last week the 23-year-old starter only pitched in on game, but he made it count. Taking on the Lansing Lugnuts, Johnathan Harmon threw 7.0 shutout innings, allowing just five hits – all singles – while walking no one and striking out six batters. Dayton would win the game 4-0 as Arij Fransen came out of the bullpen for the Dragons and completed the shutout.

Here’s some video from Johnathan Harmon’s start that earned him the award. We’ve got the final pitch for each of his strikeouts.

That start for Harmon continued a big turn around for the right-handed pitcher. In the first six starts of his season he posted a 7.33 ERA in 27.0 innings and gave up five home runs while walking 11 batters and hitting three more. Opponents had hit .275/.355/.486 against him during that stretch.

He wound up getting a full eight days between starts after his May 16th outing. Maybe that’s what he needed because he took the mound on the 24th and fired 5.0 shutout innings without a walk and allowed just two hits. Six days later he came back and threw 6.2 shutout innings with just three hits allowed and no walks. And then there was his most recent start.

18.2 innings thrown in the last three outings, 10 hits, no walks, no runs, and 15 strikeouts. Opponents have hit just .154/.154/.169 against him during that run. His ERA has dropped from 7.33 to 4.34 in that time frame.

Here are the other Reds players to win a Player of the Week Award in 2024:

Player League Time Frame
Ricardo Cabrera Florida State League April 15-21
Rhett Lowder Midwest League April 22-28
Carson Spiers International League May 6-12
Tyler Callihan Southern League May 6-12
Juan Martinez Florida State League May 13-19
Jonathan Harmon Midwest League June 3-9

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2 Responses

  1. DaveCT

    He was touching 96. I didn’t realize he has had that velocity. Also, as with all things DJ, pitching up in the zone with both fastball and breaking pitch.

  2. RedFuture

    Wow, he has a great shot at “Pitcher of the Month” for June too!


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