By Roger Hoover / Jacksonville Suns
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville Suns right-handed relief pitcher Sean Donatello has been named the Southern League’s BC Relief Pitcher of the Month for April, announced by the league office on Friday.
The award goes to the league’s best overall relief pitcher, and this is the first Southern League honor for a Suns player in 2015. Donatello’s six saves are tied with Mobile’s Enrique Burgos for the league lead, and Donatello has saved six of Jacksonville’s 10 wins in the first 21 games of the year.
Donatello is also tied for first in the league with nine appearances, and he leads the league with nine games finished.
Overall, Donatello has no wins or losses and a 0.93 ERA in nine and two-thirds innings pitched. In that time he has struck out 12 batters while walking only one, and he has only given up one run on five hits in his nine appearances.
Among Southern League relievers, Donatello is second in the league with the fewest baserunners per nine innings (5.59), has the fourth-lowest walk per nine inning ratio (0.93), and his .147 batting average against is the fifth lowest in the league.
This is the first season for Donatello at the Double-A level. He was originally drafted by the Marlins in the 25th round of the 2011 draft from the University of Connecticut at Avery Point.
Last night Donatello earned the save with a perfect ninth to preserve Jacksonville’s 6-4 win over the Chattanooga Lookouts. The Suns and Lookouts will square off again Friday night from AT&T Field with a first pitch slated for 7:15 p.m. ET.
The Suns will send out right-hander Jake Esch (2-0, 0.00 ERA) while the Lookouts will throw righty Tyler Duffey (0-2, 3.16 ERA).
Suns fans can also listen to Friday’s game on the Suns Baseball Network, 100.3 FM/600AM WBOB or through www.jaxsuns.com, MiLB.com, or the TuneIn radio app, with the Memorial Hospital Suns Pregame Show beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET.
The 2015 season of Suns baseball is presented by EverBank, the official banking partner of the Jacksonville Suns. Sponsorships, group outings, and season/individual game tickets are currently available by calling the Suns front office at (904) 358-2846.