Myrtle Beach, SC - From the Myrtle Beach Pelicans:
MYRTLE BEACH, SC- For the second time in as many weeks, a Myrtle Beach Pelican player will be taking home some weekly hardware from the Carolina League.
This time, however, the Carolina League may need to pay for some extra shipping and handling.
After shortstop Mycal Jones earned Carolina League Player of the Week for the week of August 9-15, former Pelicans pitcher J.J. Hoover earned his second Pitcher of the Week honor of the 2010 campaign, five days after the right-hander's promotion to Double-A Mississippi.
Hoover earned the honor thanks to his final Carolina League start against the Lynchburg Hillcats last Monday. In that game, the righty hurled six shutout innings while striking out eight and walking just one to pick up his league-leading 11th victory of the season.
A day later, Hoover received a promotion to Double-A, joining his former rotation-mates Randall Delgado and Julio Teheran in a starting five that could rival any in the Southern League.
Overall in the 2010 campaign, Hoover posted an 11-6 record with a 3.26 ERA while striking out 118 batters in 132 2/3 innings pitched. The burly right-hander out of Elizabeth, PA also walked just 35 batters and held opponents in check to the tune of a .245 batting average against.
At the time of his promotion, J.J. had become one of the top starters in the Carolina League, putting himself in the top five in a myriad of categories. His 11 wins lead the league while his 118 strikeouts were good for second behind Delgado's 120. Hoover was also second in innings pitched, strikeouts per nine innings, lowest walks per nine innings, third in fewest baserunners per nine innings, and fifth in ERA.
Hoover began the 2010 campaign as the number four starter, and started the season slowly while working through some mechanical issues. Once he fixed a glitch in his mechanics, Hoover quickly became one of the top pitchers in the league.
In the month of May, Hoover racked up a 2.86 ERA in six starts, including an eight-shutout inning performance against Wilmington on May 29, earning Hoover his first Carolina League Pitcher of the Week award.
Thanks to an excellent stretch between May 12 and June 8 which saw Hoover's ERA in those starts stand at ridiculous 0.91, J.J. was selected to the Carolina League All-Star team along with Delgado and Teheran, striking out a pair of California League hitters during that game.
Other season highlights include striking out a season-high nine on July 12 against that same Wilmington ballclub, part of a brilliant month of July for Hoover. In six July starts spanning 37 innings, Hoover went 5-0 with a microscopic 1.22 ERA while posting a K/BB ratio of 38/8.
Hoover made his Double-A debut on Saturday against the Tennessee Smokies. In his first start, Hoover hurled three shutout innings to begin the ballgame before running into trouble in the fourth, allowing a solo home run from Steve Clevenger.
In the fifth, Hoover surrendered three more runs before being replaced with two down in the inning.