May 10, 2007
LOS ANGELES - Former LMU baseball standout Jeff Stevens (2003-05) is among the pitchers nominated for April Minor League Baseball Pitcher of the Month. Lion fans can cast their vote for Stevens, who plays for the Kinston Indians (Advanced Class A Affiliate of the Cleveland Indians), in the www.MILB.com fan poll.
Stevens currently leads the Carolina League in ERA, registering a 0.72 ERA over 10 games and 25.0 innings pitched. He is 3-0 with 26 strikeouts and just four walks, while allowing just eight hits in the 25 innings of work.
His Kinston (NC) Indians are currently in first place in the Carolina Southern Division, with a record of 17-12.
Baseball America named Stevens to its "Helium Watch," for hot, underrated players, after the right-hander strung together a 17-inning scoreless streak.
While at LMU, Stevens led the Lions to back-to-back West Coast Conference Championship Series appearances in 2004 and 2005. He earned All-WCC recognition in both seasons.
In 2005, Stevens was the recipient of the Matt Muller Lion Award, the highest honor in the LMU baseball program. The award circles around hard work, dedication to the sport, competing at a high level, promoting a team environment, and wearing the LMU uniform with honor.
Stevens returned to campus during the fall 2006 semester to complete his degree and assist the Lions in the area of baseball operations.
Stevens is among the nominations for April Pitcher of the Month from all levels of Minor League Baseball. Lion fans can vote for Stevens on the front page (bottom right corner) of www.MILB.com.