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Oviedo named IL Pitcher of the Week 

May 2, 2022

For the second-straight week, a Redbirds starting pitcher is honored by MiLB

For the second-straight week, a Redbirds starting pitcher is honored by MiLB

MEMPHIS, TN – Memphis Redbirds’ starting pitcher Johan Oviedo has been named the International League Pitcher of the Week for the week of April 25 - May 1.

The Cuban-born prospect was excellent on Saturday night against Durham. Oviedo spun seven scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and a walk while striking out a season-high eight batters. The right-hander, who has struggled to keep the ball in the yard this season, induced seven groundouts and just four fly-outs. It marks the first time Oviedo has been honored with a weekly award.

The win brought Oviedo’s record to 2-2 with a 6.75 ERA through five starts this season. Last year, the 24-year-old split time between St. Louis and Memphis, accumulating 116.2 innings between MLB and Triple-A levels with a 1-11 record and a 5.47 ERA.

Oviedo’s honor makes it the second straight week a Redbirds starting pitcher won IL Pitcher of the Week. Last Monday, Cardinals’ No. 3 overall prospect Matthew Liberatore earned the honor after tossing seven scoreless innings with nine strikeouts against Omaha on April 23rd.

The Redbirds return to AutoZone Park on Tuesday, May 3 for a six-game series against the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp. Fans can visit or call 901-721-6000 for more information or to purchase tickets.