TinCaps starting pitcher Efrain Contreras has returned to the rotation following a stint on the Temporary Inactive List, the team announced today.
Contreras has been one of the most reliable pitchers in the Midwest League this season by nearly any measure. In 13 starts covering 62 innings, he's posted a 3-3 record with a 3.19 ERA and nearly 10.5 strikeouts per nine innings. He's pitched at least four innings in 12 of those 13 starts and when he went on the TIL following his start June 23, he had given up zero runs in three of his previous six outings.
It was particularly unfortunate that the 19-year-old right-hander left the team when he did because that start on June 23 was masterful. Contreras went five shutout innings and did not give up a hit while striking out eight, arguably the best start of his pro career.
His K/BB rate of 4.50 ranks fourth in the Midwest League among pitchers with at least 60 innings of work, one of three TinCaps among the top four (Gabe Mosser is first and Joey Cantillo is third).
In a corresponding move, spot starter Edwuin Bencomo was sent from Fort Wayne back to rookie ball in Arizona. The 20-year-old right-hander made one appearance with the TinCaps and struggled, giving up five runs in 2 1/3 innings while walking three and striking out none. That was in the TinCaps' 16-9 loss to Great Lakes on Monday and only one of the runs was earned. It was a tough night all around and Bencomo did his job by eating outs in a game that had long since been lost. I wouldn't be surprised if he's back in Fort Wayne some time next season.