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A trio of strong starting pitchers carried the Ft. Wayne Wizards to the Midwest League first-half wildcard berth. But while Luke Steidlmayer and Clayton Hamilton both got the opportunity to move up and show their stuff against higher competition after the All-Star break, Michael Ekstrom never got the call.

Although an unfortunately-timed slump in June may have cost him a promotion and fatigue at the end of the season skewed his numbers, Mike Ekstrom showed an ability to dominate for significant stretches and earned the nod as the Wizards' pitcher of the year. On June 1, Ekstrom dealt seven innings of one-run ball against Quad Cities, to rack up his seventh win and lower his ERA to a stunning 1.4...

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