As usual with my MiLB recaps, I will only be doing Minor League Players Of The Month for the top five affiliates. I will be using mlbfarm.com for my statistics (click here to get to the site, and you can follow the developer on twitter at @darenw). Here are my hitters and pitchers of the month for each squad.
Oklahoma City RedHawks
George Springer: Springer has hit .347 in his first month at Triple-A. Along with a high average, Springer hit 9 HR, 27 RBI, and stole 10 bases. Though he still strikes out at a high rate (33K in 95 AB), he still has shown the ability to take some pitches, taking 14 walks to boost his OBP to .427. Springer may not be eligible for this award next month as it’s certainly possible he makes his MLB debut sometime in August.
Asher Wojciechowski: Wojciechowski has continued his strong season with another good month. In 27 IP in July, Wojciechowski had a 2.00 ERA, 0.889 WHIP, and 15 strikeouts. Wojciechowski will likely spend August with the RedHawks, but could be called up if an Astros pitcher gets hurt.
Corpus Christi Hooks
Max Stassi: As hot as George Springer has been, nobody has been hitting the ball like Stassi has this month. In 87 at-bats, Stassi hit .333 with a 1.186 OPS. His 11 HR’s were the highest in the system this month, to go along with his four doubles and 24 RBI’s. The only negative thing this month for Stassi was that he was knocked off the MLB.com top 20 Astros prospects list after the deadline trades brought in a few more prospects.
David Martinez: Martinez continues to surprise many fans with his brilliant season. In 36.1 IP, Martinez had a 1.98 ERA and a 1.247 WHIP. He had a 22/7 – K/BB ratio and a 3-0 record. Martinez is a candidate to be called up to the RedHawks, though the Astros may choose to keep him with the Hooks the rest of the season.
Matt Duffy and Brandon Meredith: Both players deserved this award as they have been mashing this month. In 102 at-bats for Duffy, he hit .363 with 7 HR, 24 RBI’s, and a 1.049 OPS. Meredith did not hit as well, as he batted .311 in 103 at-bats. However, Meredith also hit 7 HR’s, 25 RBI’s, and had a 21/20 – K/BB ratio to bring his OPS up to 1.045. Both Duffy and Meredith have helped pace the JetHawks offense which leads all of the minor leagues in runs.
Mike Hauschild: In 21 IP in July, Hauschild had a 2.57 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP for the JetHawks and Riverbandits. With the new additions to the JetHawks, it is unclear if Hauschild will continue in the rotation or head to the bullpen.
Quad Cities RiverBandits
Carlos Correa: Correa had another good month batting .295, 2 HR, 8 2B, 14 RBI’s, and 2 stolen bases. Correa struck out just 12 times while walking 10 times. Correa had a .852 OPS, and only made 2 errors in the field. Correa continues to lead this young RiverBandits team and will likely stay at Quad Cities for the rest of the season.
Jordan Jankowski: He only started twice this month, but put up good numbers from out of the pen as well. In 19.1 IP this month, Jankowski had a 1.86 ERA and a 0.733 WHIP. Jankowski hasn’t started since early July, and it’ll be interesting to see how he’s handled next month.
Tony Kemp: This one is by default as no single player stood out. Kemp batted .270 this month, with 5 doubles, 1 triple, 6 RBI, and 8 stolen bases. Kemp is an exciting prospect and exciting on the field, but won’t see his time in Houston for a few more years.
Chris Cotton: There were a lot of great pitchers for the ValleyCats this month, but none better than Cotton. In 22.2 IP, Cotton had a 0.79 ERA, 0.766 WHIP, and 15/1- K/BB ratio to give him a 3-2 record for the month of July.
Carlos Correa continues to impress fans and scouts all across the country!