Following his historic no-hitter on Sunday, Akron Aeros southpaw Giovanni Soto has been named the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week.
Taking questions from the media Monday afternoon at Canal Park, Soto said through his translator, Aeros coach Rouglas Odor that Sunday's milestone was a thrill he'll never forget.
"He's very excited about it, " said Odor. "Every time he takes the mound, he's always looking to deliver a good performance, but he never thought it would be as good as Sunday."
The 21-year old's dominant pitching performance was just the second time in franchise history that an Aeros pitcher has thrown a 9-inning no hitter since Jeanmar Gomez accomplished the feat in 2009.
Akron Aeros Pitcher Giovanni Soto by Akron NewsNow
Odor said after his no-no Soto was responding to the numerous congratulations he received through social media and phone calls.
"There were many people congratulating him on Facebook, so he spent a lot of time after the game typing back to his friends and family members."
Soto struck out six batters and walked three while giving up one unearned run in Sunday's 2-1 victory over the Altoona Curve.
The Carolina,Puerto Rico native is now 6-6 on the year with a 3.7 ERA in 18 starts with the Aeros this season.
Originally selected by the Detroit Tigers in 2009, Soto was acquired by the Cleveland Indians in the Jhonny Peralta trade in 2010.
The Aeros will continue their homestand with the Harrisburg Senators at Canal Park through Wednesday.
Note: Soto is speaking through Aeros coach Rouglas Odor in the audio clip.