By Wade Haugen
Tyler Lyons, pitcher, St. Louis Cardinals
In what has been a disappointing season for the Cardinals, Lyons has done his part. Making 42 appearances, Lyons has a 2.53 ERA in 46.1 innings pitched. If the season ended today, this would be Lyons’ best season of his career. Opponents have batted a measly .204 against the Cardinals middle reliever. With 55 strikeouts, Lyons is on pace to set a career-high in strikeouts. His previous mark was 60.
Brendan McCurry, pitcher, Fresno Grizzlies (Houston Astros)
The last 10 games of the season were ones to forget for Brendan McCurry. McCurry, from Ada, Oklahoma, had an 8.38 ERA over the past 10 games to finish the minor league season. McCurry was knocking on the door of the big leagues but didn’t receive a September call up. He finished his Triple A season with a 4.43 ERA in 44.2 innings pitched.
Jason Hursh, pitcher, Gwinnett Braves (Atlanta Braves)
Jason Hursh, a former first-round draft pick for the Cowboys, struggled at the end of his minor league campaign. In his final 10 games, Hursh had an 8.00 ERA coming out of the bullpen. He had a short stint in Double A this season, where he had success. That success didn’t follow him to the Triple A ranks. Hursh had a 5.50 ERA in 37.2 innings pitched with opponents hitting .323 off him. Hursh will be given the opportunity to redeem himself next season, as he will likely start in Triple A.