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Joakim Soria named winner of the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Month Award for September10/08/2009 12:41 PM ET
Joakim Soria of the Kansas City Royals has been selected as the winner of the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Month Award for September, it was announced today. This Major League Baseball award recognizes the most outstanding relief pitcher during each month of the regular season as voted on by a panel from Major League Baseball.
Soria pitched in 12 games during September and converted each of his 10 save opportunities. The 25-year-old right-hander tossed 13.2 scoreless innings, and permitted 12 hits and five walks with 21 strikeouts. Soria, who was selected by the Royals in the 2007 Rule 5 Draft from the San Diego Padres, was one of five pitchers with at least 10.0 innings pitched and no earned runs allowed in September. On September 1st at Oakland, Joakim collected a season-high four strikeouts in 2.0 innings to preserve a 4-3 Royals victory. The 2008 A.L. All-Star recorded saves on three straight days on two occasions, from September 7thth-9 and from September 20thnd-22. The Monclova, Mexico native nailed down 20 of his final 21 save opportunities in 2009 to finish the season with 30 saves, becoming the first Royal to post back-to-back seasons with 30 or more saves since Jeff Montgomery (1991-93). Soria, who was originally signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers as a non-drafted free agent in 2001, finished the season third in the Majors among relievers (minimum 50.0 IP) with 11.72 strikeouts per nine innings (Jonathan Broxton - 13.50; Rafael Soriano - 12.13), and seventh in the American League in saves. Joakim went 3-2 with a 2.21 ERA, permitting 44 hits and 16 walks with 69 strikeouts over 53.0 innings pitched.
Other relievers receiving votes included Minnesota's Joe Nathan (0-1, 3.77 ERA, 12 SV, 14.1 IP, 7 H, 7 BB, 18 SO); Mariano Rivera (2-1, 1.54 ERA, 7 SV, 11.2 IP, 8 H, 3 BB, 11 SO) of the New York Yankees; Jonathan Broxton (0-1, 1.98 ERA, 7 SV, 13.2 IP, 9 H, 3 BB, 21 SO) of the Los Angeles Dodgers; and Cincinnati's Francisco Cordero (0-2, 1.46 ERA, 10 SV, 12.1 IP, 11 H, 5 BB, 12 SO).
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