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Marlins closer Kyle Barraclough named NL Reliever of the Month of June



Kyle Barraclough (courtesy St. Mary's College)

Miami Marlins closer Kyle Barraclough has been voted the National League Reliever of the Month Presented by The Hartford for the third period of the 2018 season.

Barraclough appeared in 12 games for the Marlins, converting each of his seven save opportunities during his first month as Miami’s closer. Across 12.0 scoreless innings pitched, Barraclough recorded 12 strikeouts, and allowed just two walks and one hit to claim his first career NL Reliever of the Month Award. The 28-year-old became the fifth relief pitcher in MLB history to appear in at least 12 games, not surrender a run and permit no more than two walks and one hit, joining Kimbrel (May 2017), Shawn Kelley (September 2016), Sergio Romo (July 2011) and Tony Fossas (May 1995). The four-year veteran yielded the first hit of his month on Friday against the New York Mets, capping a streak of 12 consecutive hitless appearances. Kyle’s 11.2-inning hitless streak is the longest such streak by a reliever in the Majors this season, and the third-longest in Club history, trailing only Armando Benitez, who delivered streaks of 14.1 and 12.0 innings during his 2014 All-Star campaign. In addition, the Santa Clara, California native allowed just one hit over his previous 20 appearances and 19.2 innings of work. Facing a minimum of 50 batters, Barraclough became the first Major League hurler since 1921 to allow one-or-fewer hits over a 20-game span. Entering play today, Kyle, who is vying for his first All-Star selection this season, ranks fourth among qualified Major League relievers in ERA (0.99), and has logged eight saves and 39 strikeouts across 36.1 innings.

Others receiving votes for NL Reliever of the Month included Daniel Hudson (1-1, 0.64 ERA, 14.0 IP, 17 SO) and All-Star Kenley Jansen (12 G, 9 SV, 2.03 ERA, 9 SO) of the Los Angeles Dodgers; All-Star Sean Doolittle (7 G, 7 SV, 1.23 ERA, 0 BB) of the Washington Nationals; Ty Blach (2-0, 1.33 ERA, 20.1 IP, 12 SO) and Will Smith (12 G, 0.75 ERA, 21 SO, 4 BB) of the San Francisco Giants; Felipe Vázquez (1-0, 1.64 ERA, 6 SV, 19 SO) of the Pittsburgh Pirates; Jesse Biddle (12.0 IP, 1.50 ERA, 14 SO, 4 H) of the Atlanta Braves; and Kirby Yates (12 G, 0.00 ERA, 2 SV, 15 SO) of the San Diego Padres.

The National League Reliever of the Month presented by The Hartford, Kyle Barraclough, will receive a specially designed plaque, suitably engraved, for his accomplishment. The Hartford, the Official Business Insurance & Employee Benefits Sponsor of MLB, has presented baseball’s annual Relievers of the Year Awards since 2015. The Hartford Presents the 2018 Relievers of the Year, named in honor of Mariano Rivera (American League) and Trevor Hoffman (National League), will again be presented during the World Series.

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