August can be a tough time for pitchers. There are several factors that could cause a pitcher to wear down much faster than their position player counterparts. A high innings count or the summer heat could do it for some, but not for our Pitcher of the Month in August.
Joe Cuda began the season at Low-A Peoria and was having a solid season. In 15 starts for Peoria, Cuda went 5-4 with a 4.28 ERA and 77 strikeouts in 75 innings. That strikeout rate combined with other factors like his age (23) made Cuda a strong candidate for a promotion in mid July. On July 25th, the Cardinals 27th round pick in 2012 was promoted to High-A Palm Beach. The higher level did not faze Cuda as he had a 1.40 ERA in 7 starts for the Palm Beach Cardinals. In August, Cuda thrived the most. He made 4 starts and had a 3-0 record with a 0.79 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 22 2/3 innings pitched. Cuda also limited hitters to a .195 batting average and a .447 on base plus slugging percent, while carrying a WHIP (Walks + hits per innings pitched) of 0.93.