Seo Wins IL Pitcher-of-the-Week for the Third Time
Durham Bulls Pitcher Jae Seo is the International League Pitcher-of-the-Week for the third time.
On Tuesday, Sept 4, 2007, the International League announced that Durham pitcher Jae Seo has been named the League’s Pitcher-of-the-Week for the period from August 27-September 3. Seo, who was also the IL Pitcher-of-the-Week July 2-8 and July 16-22, joins Toledo’s Virgil Vasquez as the only players to be so honored three times this season.
Seo won two more games during the regular season’s final week to push his record to 9-4 with a 3.69 ERA. He allowed just one earned run in 13.0 innings of work in starts at Norfolk and Charlotte, giving up only seven hits and one walk while striking out seven. Seo’s heroics helped the Bulls win the IL South Division by 2.0 games over Richmond.
In fact, his victory Sunday afternoon in Charlotte (coupled with Richmond’s 11-inning loss in Norfolk) clinched Durham’s first division championship since 2003, which was the last time the Bulls won the Governors’ Cup. In the clincher, Seo tossed 7.0 strong innings, scattering four hits and surrendering only an unearned run as the Bulls rolled to an 8-1 triumph. It was the ninth of Seo’s 16 starts with Durham in which he has allowed fewer than two earned runs.
30-year-old Jae Seo began the 2007 campaign in the Tampa Bay starting rotation, but was designated for assignment June 2 after posting a 3-4 record with a 8.13 ERA. Ten days later he accepted an assignment to Durham. Seo has played in parts of six seasons in the Major Leagues with the Mets (2002-05), Dodgers (2006), and Devil Rays (2006-07). Seo is a native of Gwangju, South Korea.
Thanks to DBBC’s Matt DeMargel for this capcom story & photo.