SAN DIEGO - Tim Shibuya, a former All-American baseball pitcher at UC San Diego, was named Tuesday as a San Diego Hall of Champions Star of the Month for June.
Shibuya starred at UCSD from 2008-11 and is currently excelling for the Fort Myers Miracle, the Class A Advanced affiliate in Fort Myers, Fla., of Major League Baseball’s Minnesota Twins. A two-time All-American as a Triton in 2010 and 2011, and the program’s all-time leader in wins, innings pitched and strikeouts, Shibuya had an incredible June as a fourth-year professional.
The right-hander completed the month with a 2-0 record, one save and a 0.74 ERA over five appearances, four of them starts. Shibuya tossed 21.0 consecutive scoreless frames during June, including a seven-inning shutout on June 21 at the St. Lucie Mets. For the month, he threw 24.1 innings and allowed four runs, two of them earned. During his first four outings, he surrendered 12 hits and struck out 10 without a single walk. Shibuya’s latest start on June 26 was cut short due to weather after 4.1 frames with an unearned run in the second snapping his shutout streak ahead of a solo home run in the fifth prior to the rains. His June performance aided the Miracle to the first-half title in the Florida State League South Division.
Shibuya (5-2, 2.82 ERA) is slated to make his next start for Fort Myers at Bradenton on Wednesday, June 2 (3:30 p.m. PT).
Nine UCSD affiliates have now been designated as Stars of the Month for the 2014 calendar year. Shibuya joins swimmers Nicholas Korth (March), Paul Li (February) and Anji Shakya (March), water polo senior Sarah Lizotte (February), men’s basketball senior point guard James McCann (January), baseball standout Troy Cruz (April) and track and field All-Americans Nash Howe and Sabrina Pimentel (May).
Shibuya was among six professionals and 11 athletes in all recognized for June. The pro ranks included former San Diego State star and NBA Finals Most Valuable Player with the San Antonio Spurs, Kawhi Leonard, as well as top Chicago Cubs prospect Kris Bryant, a former All-American at the University of San Diego.
The San Diego Hall of Champions honors outstanding athletes from San Diego, as well as athletes who have achieved stardom for local teams.
ABOUT THE HALL OF CHAMPIONS
The SDHOC is an undisputed national leader in recognition of amateur, collegiate and professional sports excellence; youth sports-based education; and sports memorabilia exhibition. The Hall was launched by the Breitbard Athletic Foundation, which was founded in 1946 to recognize significant athletic achievement in San Diego. Through its vigilant focus on the community of San Diego and its betterment, SDHOC has developed an outstanding sports museum that enhances the quality of life for San Diegans through sports. For more information, please visit www.sdhoc.com.