The Clinton LumberKings, the Miami Marlins Single-A affiliate, has announced Chris Vallimont has been named Midwest League Pitcher of the Week.
The Miami Marlins minor league pitching depth isn’t limited to Triple-A New Orleans and Jacksonville on the Double-A level. The Clinton LumberKings have announced starter Chris Vallimont has been named the Midwest League Pitcher of the Week for May 20-26.
The LumberKings are in their first season as the team’s minor league affiliate as the organization ended its relationship with the Greensboro Grasshoppers at the end of the 2018 season.
"As Erik Oas of the LumberKings media relations department wrote, “Vallimont has been stellar in his appearances this season, “throwing 13 innings, not allowing an earned run, and surrendering just one hit. Over his two starts during the run, Vallimont took a perfect game in the seventh inning on May 21st in Beloit and then turned in six innings of one-hit ball against the Burlington Bees on May 26th.”"
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The 22-year-old was 1-0 for the week, sporting a 0.00 ERA and gave up only one earned run with he walked three and struck out 18 batters. The Marlins have shown a commitment to young pitching as the cornerstone for the future.
Vallimont is one of the young arms the team is banking on to make an impact in the process of this reorganization of the minor league system.
Vallimont is from Erie, Pennsylvania and was drafted by the Miami Marlins 5th round of the 2018 MLB Draft out of Mercyhurst College. Per the team’s website, was named the LumberKings Opening Day starter and has not missed a start for Clinton this year.
In other news: The Marlins Triple-A affiliate, the New Orleans Baby Cakes will be without Monte Harrison as the team placed him on the 10-day IL with a hamstring strain.
"Per Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, “Harrison, who hasn’t played since Saturday, is being placed on the 10-day Minor League injured list with a hamstring strain.“Ranked by MLB Pipeline as Miami’s No. 3 prospect, Harrison has been a standout at New Orleans, splitting time in center and right field.”"
Harrison has also been showing off his speed this season as the Baby Cakes leadoff hitter. He was one of the players who were part of the deal that sent outfielder Christian Yelich to Milwaukee last offseason. Known as a power hitter, the 23-year-old has become a more complete player this season.
"“In 43 games with the Baby Cakes, Harrison has a slash line of .288/.386/.472 with seven home runs and 18 RBIs,” Frisaro added. “He’s also stolen 19 bases, while being caught just one time.”"