Melee’s Cueto wins second SL Cy Young

Memphis Melee right-hander Johnny Cueto received 10 of 11 first-place votes to win the South League Cy Young Award for the second time in four seasons.

Cueto went 20-7 for the Melee with a PGBL-best 2.10 ERA while leading the SL with 254 strikeouts. He limited opposing hitters to a league-lowest .180 batting average.

He was one of five 20-game winners, all from the South League, despite pitching for a Memphis team that finished with a 75-87 record.

The Melee have won seven Cy Youngs among four pitchers, including three-time winner Roy Halladay. Other Memphis winners were Greg Maddux and Odalis Perez. Cueto joins Halladay and Jered Weaver as the only multiple winners.

Cueto, who also received one second-place vote, totaled 53 points to outdistance Oakland’s Dallas Keuchel, who got the other first-place vote after posting a PGBL-best 22-4 record.

Voting totals (first-place votes in parentheses)

1. Johnny Cueto, Memphis (10) … 53

2. Dallas Keuchel, Oakland (1) ……27

3. Julio Teheran, Dublin ……………15

4. Phil Hughes, Oakland ……………..4