Written by Dave Dulberg, USC blog contributor
Currently, the Carolina Mudcats (Cincinnati Reds' Double-A Affiliate) are a Southern League-worst 26-52, with only one bright spot to really boast about all season.
That lone bright spot has come by way of former USC hurler Brad Boxberger.
Now a reliever at the minor league level, Boxberger has been almost unhittable in 2011. In 30 appearances this season, the Reds' supplemental first-round pick in 2009 has a whopping 1.31 ERA, 50 strikeouts and a .845 WHIP in 34-plus innings of work. It should also be noted, that the former All-Pac-10 right-hander (2008) has three saves and a measly opponent batting average of just .157.
For his astounding work out of the pen, Boxberger was honored twice over the past 10 days.
First, on June 22, the Tustin, CA native participated (Mudcats' lone representative) in the Southern League's annual All-Star Game in Jackson, TN, pitching two-thirds of inning while recording one strikeout.
Earlier this week, Boxberger was promoted to Triple-A Louisville by the Reds' organization. In his first appearance for the Bats on Wednesday night, the former- CIF Division II Player of the Year came on in relief of former MLB 20-game winner Dontrelle Willis. Despite inheriting two of Willis' runners with just one out, Boxberger got out the seventh-inning jam in just 10 pitches (seven of which went for strikes).
(Photo via Carolina Mudcats)