Pucetas - a 6-foot-4, 225-pound 22-year-old from Spartanburg, S.C. - went 15-4 with a 1.86 ERA for the GreenJackets this season in 145Q innings. He struck out 104 batters and walked just 21, displaying remarkable control.
"It feels great to be recognized for doing what I love," Pucetas said in a release.
Pucetas, who also was named the South Atlantic League's Most Outstanding Pitcher, will be presented the trophy and a $7,500 check by former Major League pitcher Rich "Goose" Gossage during the Triple-A championship game in Oklahoma City on Tuesday.
The San Francisco Giants drafted Pucetas in the 17th round out of Limestone College last year.
CATFISH HOOK TITLE: The Columbus Catfish, Class A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, defeated the West Virginia Power 6-0 on Thursday night at Golden Park in Columbus, Ga., to sweep the South Atlantic League championship series.
Left fielder Ryan Royster, a regular season MVP candidate, snapped out of a postseason slump with a three-run home run to left in the fifth inning, and five Columbus pitchers combined on a four-hit shutout.
''This game was a way for me to redeem myself,'' Royster told the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer.
Matt Fields and Cesar Suarez also homered for the Catfish, who finished the postseason with a perfect 5-0 record after sweeping Augusta in the Southern Division championship series.
Game 3 was scoreless after a two-hour rain delay in the third inning, before Fields' and Royster's shots provided a 4-0 lead.
Columbus starter Jeremy Hellickson, who eliminated the GreenJackets, didn't allow a hit in three innings. He didn't pitch after the rain delay, but it didn't matter.
The Catfish outscored Augusta and West Virginia by a combined 34-7 in five games.
The Power had defeated the Hickory Crawdads to win the Northern Division.
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