The Midwest League and Minor League Baseball have announced that Dayton Dragons starting pitcher Ryan Cardona has been named as the league’s Pitcher of the Week for his performance against the Lake County Captains on June 2nd.

Back in early May, Lake County roughed up Cardona in what was likely his worst start of the season. He allowed seven hits and walked four batters in 3.2 innings while giving up a season high five earned runs. Last week he got his revenge for that day.

This time around it was Ryan Cardona who put it to the opposition. The right-hander didn’t give up a single hit in his 6.0 shutout innings on the day. He walked two batters and he struck out three others. Cardona needed just 73 pitches on the day to complete his outing.

That start lowered his ERA on the season to 4.06. In his 62.0 innings over his 11 starts and three relief appearances he’s given up just 48 hits (six home runs), walked 30 batters, and he’s struck out 74 of the 263 hitters he’s faced.

He struggled a bit in May, posting a 6.19 ERA in 16.0 innings, but he’s been good outside of that stretch. On the season he’s held hitters to a .212 batting average, a .307 on-base percentage, and they’ve slugged just .372 on the year against him.

Here are the other Cincinnati 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
Nestor Lorant Florida State League June 24-30
Francisco Urbaez Southern League June 24-30
Ryan Cardona Midwest League July 1-7

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4 Responses

  1. The Duke

    I’m going to the Dragons game tonight, if his last game was July 2, decent chance he is starting tonight.

    Reply
    • The Duke

      It is so, according to Twitter

      1. Hector Rodriguez, DH
      2. Sal Stewart, 2B
      3. Carlos Jorge, CF
      4. Cam Collier, 3B
      5. Leo Balcazar, SS
      6. Jay Allen, LF
      7. Ethan O’Donnell, RF
      8. Logan Tanner, C
      9. Cade Hunter, 1B

      P. Ryan Cardona

      Excited to see Stewart play 2B, curious how he looks there. Was DH when I saw the Dragons play earlier in the year.

      Reply
      • DaveCT

        His 2024 averages for BB and K per 9 IP are improved in the right area (BB/9, 4.4 this year vs. 5.1 career) and holding firm in the right area (k/9 10.7 in 2024 vs 10.9 career).

      • The Duke

        Cardona was very good, I’ll give a full game review on the day review thread.

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