Brandon Maurer Named Southern League Most Outstanding Pitcher

All season, the Mariners Double-A affiliate Jackson Generals have were considered one of the top teams in minor league baseball. They had a banner season, clinching a spot in the playoffs winning the first half of the North Division. There were numerous articles written about the pitching staff, with Danny Hultzen, Taijuan Walker and James Paxton getting much of the publicity. The entire pitching staff had a great season, posting a league-leading 3.37 ERA.

And leading the bunch was right-hander Brandon Maruer, who was named the 2012 Southern League Most Outstanding Pitcher. An award voted on by league managers, radio broadcasters and print media.

Maurer went 9-2 with a 3.20 ERA in 24 starts. The 6-foot-5 righthander led the league with an .818 winning percentage and ranked 5th in ERA, helping Jackson record the best record in the Southern League (79-61).

With an injury to Paxton in late May and the promotion of Hultzen to Triple A at the conclusion of the first half, Maurer emerged as the Generals most dependable starter over the final three months of the season. Beginning with a complete-game, 6-1 win against the Pensacola Blue Wahoos on June 1, Maurer went 7-1 with a 2.50 ERA in his final 14 starts.

Maurer was particularly dominant in July, going 3-0 with a 1.99 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 31 2/3 innings. He limited the opposition to a .198 batting average that month without surrendering a home run in five starts. Overall, Maurer gave up only four homers in 137 2/3 innings in 2012.

The 22-year-old Maurer concluded his regular season with six scoreless innings in a 5-2 win against the Mississippi Braves on August 16. It was Maurer’s 14th quality start of the season.

Maurer was originally selected by the Mariners in the 23rd round of the 2008 draft out of Orange Lutheran High School in Costa Mesa, CA.

- JE

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