KUROKOWA EARNS MONTHLY HONORS AFTER SUPERB JUNE

Photo: Marc Lafleur / Ottawa Champions

Thornhill, Ontario – After an outstanding stretch featuring two complete-game shutouts, Ottawa Champions RHP Jordan Kurokawa was named June’s Pitcher of the Month in the Can-Am League.

In six starts during the month, the Honolulu native went 4-1 with a 0.66 ERA, allowing just three earned runs in 41.0 innings of work. Kurokawa struck out 32 hitters while walking just seven, and limited opposing hitters to a .199 batting average.

After tossing five shutout innings against Sussex County on June 2, he followed the effort up with a complete-game three-hitter against Salina June 9, earning his first victory of the season and Pitcher of the Week honors. Kurokawa was the hard-luck loser in the nightcap of a June 14 doubleheader as the Champions fell to Quebec, 1-0, but came back with seven shutout frames against Hollywood on June 20. After earning another win over Trois-Rivieres five days later, he finished the month with a brilliant four-hit complete game as Ottawa sailed to a 10-0 win over New Jersey on June 30.

Currently, Kurokawa’s 2.22 ERA this season is fourth among Can-Am League hurlers, while he also leads the circuit with three complete games. The 25-year-old has walked just seven hitters in 48.2 innings pitched.

Kurokawa is in his first season with Ottawa after spending 2017 with Lake Erie of the Frontier League, where he finished second in the league with a 2.53 ERA to go along with a 7-4 record. In 2016, his first professional season, he pitched in 13 games with the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Phillies. Kurokawa was originally chosen by Philadelphia in the 28th round of the 2016 draft out of the University of Hawaii-Hilo.