Colegate Collects First Professional Pitcher of the Week Award with Scrappers
Bob Toth | On 17, Aug 2016
The Indians farm system has earned its share of in-season accolades, so it was only fair that Mahoning Valley joined the fun.
On Monday, pitcher Ryan Colegate was named the New York-Penn League’s Pitcher of the Week for games played between August 8 and August 14. He was one of three Indians minor leaguers to be recognized with a weekly honor, joining first baseman Bobby Bradley and starting pitcher Luis Lugo of the High-A Lynchburg Hillcats. He is the first Scrapper to win such an award this season.
In his first season at the short-season level and his second professional season overall, the 22-year-old right-hander has been reliable on the mound for the Scrappers, posting a 4-2 record with a 3.34 ERA in 14 games. He has a 1.11 WHIP, has held opposing batters to a .231 average, and has struck out 28 hitters in 32 1/3 innings of work. He has also made a pair of starts, including his first appearance of the season on June 21 and a two-inning start on July 25.
Last week, Colegate made a pair of appearances. He jumped in during the fourth inning last Wednesday against Batavia and fired four innings of one-hit baseball. He walked one and struck out four and was credited with his fourth win of the season.
He appeared in the second game of Sunday’s doubleheader against Williamsport, working two more scoreless innings while striking out one and hitting one batter.
Just one of 20 batters that he faced for the week got a hit and just three reached base in total. One runner was caught stealing with him on the mound and he was aided by a double play ball on Wednesday.
In four August appearances, he has held opposing hitters to a .069 average, a .156 on-base percentage, and a .103 slugging percentage.
Colegate made his debut in the Indians system last year, working in 14 games for the team’s Arizona League affiliate. He was 0-1 there in 14 relief appearances, posting a 7.45 ERA and a 1.97 WHIP while averaging 14 hits allowed per nine innings.
Colegate was drafted in the 36th round of the 2015 draft by the Indians. The Dayton, Ohio, native and graduate of Centerville High School in Centerville was selected out of Ohio Dominican University in Columbus.