Bencomo April Marlins MiLB Pitcher of the Month

Bencomo 4–0 in five April Starts

KODAK, Tenn. — Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp right-handed pitcher Omar Bencomo has been named the Miami Marlins Minor League Pitcher of the Month for April, announced by the Marlins front office on Friday morning.

Bencomo made five stats for the Jumbo Shrimp in April, going 4–0 with a 1.27 ERA. Over his 28 and one-third innings pitched, Bencomo held opponents to a .236 batting average, while striking out 33 batters compared to just five walks. The Jumbo Shrimp have also gone 4–1 in Bencomo’s starts, and he hasn’t allowed more than two earned runs in any outing this season.

In the Southern League, Bencomo ranked first in the league in wins, third in strikeouts, and fifth in ERA for his work during the month of April. Bencomo also has the fourth-highest strikeout per nine inning ratio among Southern League starting pitchers at 10.48.

Bencomo, 28, is a native of Valencia, Venezuela, and was signed by the Marlins as a minor league free agent on Feb. 8, 2017. Bencomo’s next start will be on Saturday May 6 against the Tennessee Smokies at Smokies Stadium at 7 p.m.

Greensboro Grasshoppers outfielder Aaron Knapp was named the organization’s player of the month for April after he hit .296 in Single-A.

The Jumbo Shrimp and Smokies will continue their series with the third game of the five-game set on Friday at Smokies Stadium at 7 p.m. ET. Right-handed pitcher Joe Gunkel (0–0, 0.00 ERA) will start for Jacksonville against Tennessee right-hander Duane Underwood, Jr. (1–1, 3.60 ERA). Fans can listen to the game on the Jumbo Shrimp Network presented by Community First on FM 100.3 & AM 1600 The Biz, beginning at 6:45 p.m. with the pregame show “Shrimp On Deck” on the TuneIn Radio app, and www.jaxshrimp.com.

ABOUT THE JUMBO SHRIMP: The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp are beginning a new era of affordable family fun with the 2017 season presented by Community First Credit Union at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. With a new lineup of ticket and group options, there is a reason for everyone to get part of the action by calling the Jumbo Shrimp at (904) 358–2846 or visiting www.jaxshrimp.com.