The International League announced Toledo Mud Hens pitcher Eddie Bonine has been named the League’s Pitcher-of-the- Week for the period from July 21-27.
Bonine is the fourth member of the Hens to win an IL weekly award in 2008. Bonine follows fellow Hens Mike Hessman (April 21-27), Chris Lambert (July 7-13), and Brent Clevlen (July 14-20).
Bonine made his first two starts for Toledo since June 6, coming on the heels of his first taste of the Major Leagues with Detroit (and one start at Double-A Erie during the Triple-A All-Star break).
Bonine, arguably Toledo’s top starter at the time of his promotion, picked up right where he left off for the Mud Hens, winning both outings during the week. Monday night at Rochester he went 7.1 innings, striking out five while allowing five hits and no walks. The Red Wings scored four runs off of him, but only two were earned, and the Hens won 6-4.
Back home Saturday night against the IL’s winningest club, Pawtucket, Bonine surrendered just one hit in seven innings, striking out seven batters along the way. The win came on a special night as the Mud Hens celebrated the 500th game at Fifth Third Field. It was also Bonine’s 11th victory of the season, good enough for third in the International League.
The 27-year-old Bonine was selected by Detroit from San Diego in the December 2005 Rule 5 draft. He entered the 2008 season with just 10 innings of experience above the Double-A level. Last year he was second in the Eastern League with 14 wins pitching for Erie. Bonine is a native of Columbus, Georgia