The victim of some tough luck to start the 2017 baseball campaign, Myrtle Beach Pelicans pitcher Thomas Hatch was due for a breakthrough.
June proved to be that time for the Oklahoma State product, as he went 3-2 with an ERA of 0.98 and gave up a mere three earned runs in 27 2/3 innings.
For his work, Hatch was named the Chicago Cubs’ Minor League Pitcher of the Month, the honor announced by the club Saturday afternoon.
A month chock full of dominant performances, Hatch’s best came on June 14, during which he gave up six hits in eight innings of work against the Frederick Keys — the longest outing by a Pelicans pitcher since Luis Parra went the the distance in 2014.
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In his past eight starts — a span dating back to May 22 — the righty has yielded six earned runs in his last 43 innings, good for a 1.26 ERA. For the season, he is 3-7 with a 3.43 ERA, with 78 strikeouts against 33 walks.
Hatch was the Cubs’ third-round draft pick in the 2016 MLB Draft.