The International League announced today that Knights’ righty Zach Stewart was named the circuit’s Pitcher of the Week. The award comes on the heels of a stellar performance against the Gwinnett Braves in the final game at Knights Stadium in Fort Mill, South Carolina.
Stewart did not allow an earned run in his last two starts of the season including eight scoreless against the Braves on Sunday as the Knights closed out their 25 year run in Fort Mill, South Carolina as they return to Charlotte next April.
The 26 year old was a third round pick by the Reds in 2008 and has major league experience with the Blue Jays, Red Sox and the Knights’ parent Chicago White Sox. He finished strong despite a 1-4 record over his last ten starts logging a solid 2.95 ERA during that span. In 61 innings he struck out 45 while walking 15 keeping the opposition to a .266 batting average.
Stewart finished the season 6-14 for a team that went 65-78. He led the league in innings pitched with 167.1 and his 122 strikeouts were fourth best.
The International League Batter of the Week was Eduardo Escobar. He played for the Knights in 2011 and picked up the honor hitting .400 (12-for-30) with seven runs scored, five doubles, three home runs, and nine RBIs.
The Charlotte Knights open their new stadium, BB&T Ballpark, next April 11 when they host the Norfolk Tides in a 7:05 p.m. start. They begin the season on the road with four games in Norfolk and another four in Durham against the Bulls.