ST. PAUL, MN (August 20, 2012) – Any team in the American Association could have signed free agent pitcher Kyle Ruwe. He was at home in Florida well into July without a team, staying loose, working out and hoping to be the veteran presence on a pitching staff. The St. Paul Saints were the fortunate ballclub and Ruwe has rewarded them in every start. On Monday the American Association rewarded Ruwe for an unbelievable week by naming him the Pointstreak American Association Pitcher of the Week for the week of August 13-19.
The 29-year-old Ruwe went 2-0 with a 0.52 ERA and a complete game in two starts allowing just two runs (one earned) in 17.2 innings pitched while walking one and striking out nine. He finished one out shy of his second complete game of the week on August 18 in Winnipeg. His impressive numbers include retiring the final 16 batters he faced in his complete game on August 13 against the Gary SoutShore Railcats and retiring 15 in a row at one point in the August 18 game at the Winnipeg Goldeyes. He has allowed just five hits in the last 52 batters faced.
In his start on August 13 he went the distance tossing his first complete game of the seasons allowing one unearned run on four hits while walking one and striking out six. He followed that up in Winnipeg by going 8.2 innings allowing one run on five hits while striking out three.
On the season Ruwe is 3-1 with a 2.17 ERA and one complete game in six starts. In 45.2 innings pitched he has walked just 10 and struck out 20. He has pitched at least 6.0 innings in all of his starts and at least 7.0 innings in five of six starts. In his last three starts he has allowed just two runs (one earned) in 24.2 innings pitched and has allowed less than two runs in five of six starts.
Ruwe was no stranger to American Association competition spending three seasons with the Lincoln Saltdogs from 2005-07 and pitching for the Sioux Falls Pheasants in 2011. Last season Ruwe was 4-5 with a 4.62 ERA in 16 starts including one complete game with the Sioux Falls Pheasants of the American Association. In 99.1 innings pitched he walked 20 and struck out 29.
Coming into this season Ruwe had amassed a winning percentage of nearly .600 going 56-38 in seven seasons. He had a better than 2:1 strikeout to walk ratio fanning 384 while walking just 149. He had thrown at least one complete game in six of seven seasons and has tossed three complete game shutouts in his career including a four-hit complete game shutout against the Saints on July 24, 2006. He finished third in the Can-Am League in 2008 with 12 wins, while pitching for the Sussex Skyhawks, currently tied for sixth most in the league’s history. He was also third in walks per nine innings at 1.40, tied for third in shutouts (1), and complete games (3) and fifth in innings pitched (129.0).
While with the Saltdogs he finished tied for fourth in the Northern League in shutouts (1) and tied for fifth in wins (10) in 2006 and the following season with the Saltdogs he finished tied for fourth in the American Association with 10 wins.
This is the third Player or Pitcher of the Week honor for the Saints this season. Saints pitcher Luke Anderson was named Pitcher of the Week for the week of July 23-28 while Robert Coe was named Pitcher of the Week for the week of July 2-8. Coe was also named the Pitcher of the Month for July. The weekly honors are decided by Pointstreak, the stats company for the American Association.