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Weitzman Named N.L. Rookie Pitcher of the Year

The Northern League announced that Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks RHP Billy Weitzman was named Northern League Rookie Pitcher of the Year as voted on by the league’s managers, pitching coaches, general managers, radio announcers, and local media (2).

 
Weitzman, who received Pitcher of the Month honors for August, finished the season with an 8-2 record and a 3.02 ERA for the RedHawks. He was 5-0 with a 1.80 ERA in August, winning six of his last eight starts. Overall, Fargo- Moorhead was 10-2 in games that Weitzman started.  
 
The right-hander, who completed his first season in the Northern League, did not join Fargo-Moorhead until June 24th after he started the 2008 season bouncing around from other independent leagues and teams. After being selected by the Sioux Falls Canaries (American Association) at an open tryout camp in March, he was traded to the Evansville Otters (Frontier League). Following his release, he spent a brief stint with the Texarkana Gunslingers (Continental Baseball League) before signing with the RedHawks. He was moved into the RedHawks starting rotation full time on July 2nd.

 
Weitzman became the seventh RedHawks player to win Rookie Pitcher of the Year honors in the 13 years it has been handed out. 

Northern League Rookie Pitchers of the Year

 
Year     Player                           Team
2008    Billy Weitzman            Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks
2007    Brandon Kintzler        Winnipeg Goldeyes
2006    Brandon Goltz             Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks
2005    Quintin Oldenburg     Gary RailCats-Calgary Vipers
2004    Mike Peschel               Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks
2003    Chris Begg                  St. Paul Saints
2002    Dusty Keppen             Schaumburg Flyers
2001    Billy Coleman             Schaumburg Flyers
2000    Jason Pearson           Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks
1999    Greg Salvevold            Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks
1998    Eric Schultz                  Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks
1997    Jeff Zimmerman         Winnipeg Goldeyes
1996    Stephen Lukas            Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks


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