Norfolk State Sports Information
NORFOLK, Va. – Former Norfolk State pitcher Alex Mauricio continues to impress in his second season in professional baseball, as the right hander was recently named the South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week for Aug. 20-26.
Mauricio, pitching for the New York Yankees Single A affiliate, the Charleston RiverDogs, allowed just one hit over 6.1 shutout innings in his most recent start (Aug. 24). He faced just one batter over the minimum and allowed just two total base runners in earning a no-decision against the Greenville Drive. Mauricio struck out five in the game.
The gem was the latest in an impressive stretch for Mauricio, the 2017 MEAC Player of the Year at NSU who was picked in the 27th round of last year’s Major League Baseball Draft by the Yankees. The Midlothian, Virginia native has fired at least six scoreless frames in three of his last four starts and has yielded just one earned run over his last 24 innings of work. After being touched up for six or more runs in each of his first three starts with Charleston after being called up from Staten Island, he has lowered his ERA to a season-low 4.82 with Charleston.
Mauricio began the year with the short-season Single A Staten Island Yankees. He posted a 2.14 ERA in 21 innings pitched there before being promoted to Charleston.
Mauricio was one of two Spartans drafted last season following a stellar playing career at NSU, and both are enjoying standout seasons in the minors. The 2017 MEAC Pitcher of the Year, left hander Devin Hemmerich, is in the midst of his own impressive stretch for the Midwest League’s Great Lakes Loons, a Single A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Hemmerich, who was picked in the 26th round last season, has posted a 5-5 record with a 2.85 ERA pitching exclusively out of the bullpen for Great Lakes in 2018. He has pitched in 53.2 innings spanning 29 appearances with the Loons, allowing just 44 hits while striking out 33. In his last 10 outings for Great Lakes, Hemmerich is 4-0 with a miniscule 0.95 ERA.
Hemmerich, who also made five appearances for the rookie level Ogden Raptors earlier in the year, has a combined 5-6 record and 2.66 ERA for the two minor league clubs this season.