Adelaide-born pitcher Jack O’Loughlin has received a weekly Minor League Baseball award, named the Low-A Southeast Pitcher of the Week for July 12-July 18.
The former Adelaide Bite player signed with the Detroit Tigers organisation in July 2016, and is currently suiting up for the organisation’s Low-A Southeast affiliate, the Lakeland Flying Tigers.
During the last week of Minor League Baseball action, the left-handed pitcher earned the award when he was recognised for pitching a complete game on July 14, lasting seven innings on the mound in a 3-1 win against the Tampa Tarpons.
His form throughout the July 14 matchup saw O’Loughlin give up one run on two hits, along with five strikeouts to pick up the win.
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So far this season, the 21-year-old has appeared in four games for Lakeland, following successful seasons in the Gulf Coast League and Florida Complex League. 2021 marks O’Loughlin’s return to professional baseball after recovering from Tommy John surgery.
On June 28, he made a rehab appearance with the Florida Complex Tigers where he pitched four innings with three hits, one run and four strikeouts.
After that point in his recovery, O’Loughlin was promoted to the Low-A Southeast side where he’s been given the start on four occasions.
For the Flying Tigers, O’Loughlin has a 3.05 ERA from 20.2 innings pitched, giving up 19 hits for seven runs with 19 strikeouts. His past two starts have each resulted in the pitcher earning a win for his record.
O’Loughlin’s Minor League Baseball award signifies the fourth weekly award won by an Australian this season. Previously, Aaron Whitefield was named Double-A Central Hitter of the Week, and Curtis Mead produced back-to-back Low-A Player of the Week honours.
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