The Pacific Coast League has named New Orleans Baby Cakes right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne its Pitcher of the Week for June 25-July 1.
Despaigne made two appearances for the Baby Cakes, working a combined 10.1 shutout innings, striking out eight against only one walk. His first appearance, June 26 against Iowa, he entered in relief and got the win after working 5.1 innings. Despaigne retired 15 of the 18 hitters he faced from the second through the seventh innings, helping the Baby Cakes to a 3-1 win. Then, in a start on July 1 against Oklahoma City, Despaigne hurled five shutout innings, scattering five hits and striking out five in New Orleans’ 2-1 walk-off win.
The Cuban native has spent the majority of the season with Miami, where he has worked to a 5.31 ERA (20.1 IP, 12 ER) in 11 appearances (1 start). He was optioned on June 6 and has since made five appearances (1 start) for New Orleans, pitching to a 3.63 ERA (17.1 IP, 7 ER) with a 15:3 strikeout-to-walk ratio. The 31-year-old is with his third organization (San Diego, Baltimore, Miami) in five seasons since joining the Major League affiliated ranks, which followed an eight-year run pitching professionally in Cuba.
Despaigne is the second New Orleans pitcher to earn the weekly honor this season, joining Ben Meyer (April 30-May 6).
Reno infielder Kevin Cron was named the league’s Player of the Week after hitting .462 with five home runs in six games.