Cardinals name YaSenka Minor League Pitcher of Month

MICHAEL YASENKA

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Former Franklin High School standout, Mike YaSenka was named Friday as the St. Louis Cardinals Minor League Pitcher of the Month for July.

After being drafted by the Cardinals in the 17th round in early June, the 21-year-old YaSenka, the son of Franklin residents Steve and Christine YaSenka, quickly moved to the front of the Johnson City (Tennessee) starting pitching staff, going 2-1 with a miniscule 0.56 ERA in seven games (five starts). The 6-2, 205-pound righthander, who starred collegiately at Chesapeake College for two years before transferring Eastern Illinois University this past season, has struck out 37 batters (tied for seventh in the Appalachian League) in 32 1/3 innings of work, including a career-high 10 in a complete-game win over the Kingsport Mets on July 24.

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