Charleston RiverDogs relief pitcher John Brebbia has been named the South Atlantic League's Pitcher of the Week for the week of July 2-8. Brebbia pitched in two games over the week and earned the win in both contests. He tossed a total of six innings and didn't allow a run or a walk while recording nine strikeouts.
His first appearance came against the Greenville Drive on July 3 in Charleston and he fired three scoreless frames with seven strikeouts, holding the Drive at bay until the RiverDogs could mount a comeback for the victory. Five days later, he shut down the Savannah Sand Gnats on the road for three frames and got another win when Charleston took the lead in the 13th inning.
Brebbia is a 6-1, 185-pound right hander from Sharon, Mass., who is in his second season in the New York Yankees organization. He was a 30th round pick by the Yankees in the 2011 draft out of Elon University. Brebbia is the first RiverDogs hurler to win SAL Pitcher of the Week honors since former Clemson standout Graham Stoneburner captured the citation in April, 2010. He is the fifth different Charleston player to earn a weekly SAL award this season, as the team has had four hitters honored as SAL Player of the Week. Tyler Austin won the award for games played April 5-15 and Angelo Gumbs received it for games played May 7-13. Gary Sanchez earned the award twice, first for May 28-June 3 and again for the week of June 11-17. Mason Williams was the last RiverDog to be honored, as he was named player of the week for the period of June 18-24.