GARY, IN . 8-3-2010 – The Northern League is starting to run out of plaudits for Gary SouthShore RailCats ace right-hander Willie Glen, who earlier this week was named the league’s Pitcher of the Month for July.
The fourth-year RailCat went a perfect 3-0 in six July starts with a league-low 1.69 ERA. A two-time Northern League Pitcher of the Week already this year (June 28 and July 26), Glen allowed just 35 hits in 42.2 July innings and racked up 40 strikeouts to take over the league lead in whiffs (77). In his most recent start, July 31 at Joliet, Glen struck out eight JackHammers to pass longtime Northern Leaguer Chris Swiatkiewicz for fifth on all-time NL strikeout list.
Glen’s month of July got kicked into gear on the July 7 when he went 7.0 shutout, three-hit innings in a no decision at U. S. Steel Yard against the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks. That game started a 16.1 inning scoreless streak for the right-hander, which included another brilliant start against the RedHawks, July 19 at Newman Outdoor Field. Glen also pitched in the Northern League-Golden League All-Star Game in Tucson, July 14, tossing a scoreless inning.
A three-time Northern League All-Star and the 2007 Northern League Pitcher of the Year, Glen is an astounding 39-11 in 80 regular season starts for the RailCats, and is the franchise’s all-time career leader in almost every pitching category. Undrafted out of the University of Evansville in 2001, Glen spent five seasons in the affiliated minor leagues before joining the RailCats in 2005 and helping the team to a pair of championships. After splitting time between Double-A and Triple-A the last two years in the Florida Marlins system, Glen rejoined the RailCats this winter.
Glen is the first RailCats to win a Pitcher of Player of the Month award in 2010, and becomes the first RailCat to be named Northern League Pitcher of the Month since Tony Cogan was feted in July 2009. This is Glen’s third Northern League Pitcher of the Month award, as the right-hander was previously honored in August 2006 and August 2007.
The RailCats (33-34) continue a crucial three-game series with the Winnipeg Goldeyes (35-33) tonight at 6 p.m. at U. S. Steel Yard. Former Major Leaguer Brad Halsey (4-5, 4.22 ERA) will be on the hill for the ‘Cats tonight and the game will be broadcast live on 89.1 FM, The Lakeshore, and on the web at www.railcatsbaseball.com. Great seats are also still available for the game as well, with the first 1,000 kids (age 12 and under) through the gates picking up a voucher for a free, delicious Red Hot Chicago hot dog!