CAIRO — Emerson Hancock's magical month of July concluded with a prestigious honor for the starting pitcher.

The former Cairo standout and current hurler for the Arkansas Travelers, the double-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners, was named the organization's Minor League Pitcher of the Month. He made four starts, pitched 23.1 innings, struck out 23, while compiling a 1.54 ERA and 1.07 WHIP.

The recognition comes on the heels of Hancock pitching in the American League vs. National League Futures game, which was held prior to the Major League Baseball All-Star game. He pitched one inning of relief and struck out three straight batters on just 17 pitches.

Hancock has started 12 games this season with 51 strikeouts and 16 walks. He's compiled a 2-3 record and 2.38 ERA.

Hancock was the No. 6 pick in the first round of the 2020 MLB draft. Before being drafted by the Mariners, Hancock pitched at the University of Georgia from 2018-20.

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