Players & Pitchers of the Month : July

Players and pitchers that shined over the month, to earn Player and Pitcher of the Month honors for the month of June.

DSL Angels, Rookie Ball

Player of the Month : Jeyson Sanchez, Catcher

Sanchez put up strong numbers, particularly a .426 on base percentage, helped with a .313 batting average. His 10 RBI and 11 runs scored were among the highest on the team, as well as his 12 walks in July.

Sanchez reached base in 21 of his 25 games, getting a hit in 19 of them. Along with a strong bat, Sanchez showed a strong glove, as well as diversity, playing five different positions over the month of July. Along with diversity, Sanchez showed he has speed for a catching prospect, nabbing four bases over the month.

Pitcher of the Month : Crusito Mieses, Right-Handed Pitcher

Dominance was the key to Mieses' month, as he allowed five runs, both in his first two starts of six in July. In his final six starts, he allowed just seven hits in 22 innings, helping both his 1.55 ERA and .163 against average in July.

Mieses' WHIP launched all the way to 1.00 (sarcasm), mostly due to his 14 walks in 29 innings of work. He made up for that case though with his 28 strikeouts, giving him an average of 8.68 per nine inning.s

AZL Angels, Rookie Ball

Player of the Month : Juan Moreno

Moreno posted a strong .324/.440/.412 slash in the Arizona zone, his OBP being lifted by his 15 walks in the month. Moreno also helped score 28 runs with his 14 runs scored and 14 runs batted in.

Moreno reached base in 18 of the 19 games he played in, getting a hit in 14 of them, six of those being multi-hit games.

Pitcher of the Month : Austin Young, Right-Handed Pitcher

Young shined early in his professional career as an undrafted free-agent, posting a 0.73 ERA, 0.41 WHIP, .116 against average and picked up a pair of saves in his first month in pro ball.

Young had about as good a professional month you could ever have at any level. In his six appearances, he allowed one run on one pitch left up that left the park. Putting the home run allowed aside, he allowed just five baserunners over the month, all hits. That's right, Young did not issue a free pass at any time over July.

Orem Owlz, Rookie Ball

Player of the Month : Zach Houchins, Third Baseman

Houchins bat spoke for itself with his .434/.467/.687 slash. Yes, that is a 1.154 OPS. It was all boasted with 13 extra base hits, four being the long ball. Houchins showed power with contact, as he struck out just six times in July, the same amount of walks he had. Houchins also was part of 55 runs, bringing home 30 with his bat and touching home plate 25 times after being on the base paths.

Houchins had 12 multi-hit games, six coming in a row near the early parts of the month. Eight of those 12 were three-hit games, and one was a four-hit performance. He raised his batting average from .300 on July 1st to .388 on July 31st.

Pitcher of the Month : Jordan Kipper, Right-Handed Pitcher

Kipper posted a 2.63 ERA and 1.24 WHIP over July in a tough hitter's league. Kipper walked just three over the month while striking out 13.

Kipper's ERA came mostly from a three run appearance at the very beginning of July. After that, he didn't allow a run in his next six games (10 innings). He has been a solid piece of the Bees bullpen, never going shorter than four outs, averaging just under two innings of work per appearance.

Burlington Bees, Low-A

Player of the Month : Kody Eaves, Second Baseman

Eaves put up a .277/.312/.353 slash in July, also hitting six doubles, and totalling eight RBI and nine runs scored over the month.

Eaves hit a tough struggle in the middle of the month where he went four games without a hit, but followed it with two straight three-hit games, one that brought four runs home by way of his bat.

Pitcher of the Month : Alan Busenitz / Ben Carlson, Burlington, Right-Handed Pitchers

Yes, two pitchers of the month, and for good reason. Together, between Alan Busenitz and Ben Carlson's combined 21 appearances, they attained seven saves, a three wins, one loss record, 1.50 ERA, 1.066 WHIP, and .219 against average.

For Carlson, he was slightly more effective at keeping runs off the board with a 1.13 ERA, but Busenitz dominated batters, having four of his 11 appearances going without a base runner. Both complimented each other well, maintaining leads for the Bees throughout the month of July. They also both combined to strike out 9.6 batters per nine innings.

Inland Empire 66ers, High-A

Player of the Month : Cal Towey, Third Baseman

For the second straight month, Cal Towey is the High-A Player of the Month. This month, his .354/.449/.556 slash helped lift him. This slash included 13 extra base hits (eight doubles, three triples, two home runs), as well as 22 runs batted in.

Towey has raised his batting average from .256 to .285 over the last two month, helped by 11 multi-hit games. Towey totalled 45 runs to his worth in July with RBI and runs scored. He was also hit by pitches eight times over the month.

Pitcher of the Month : Tyler DeLoach, Left-Handed Pitcher

DeLoach is also making his second straight appearance for pitcher of the month, his third time this season. DeLoach posted a four wins, one loss record, 1.72 ERA and 0.96 WHIP over July, including a .160 against average.

DeLoach struck out an average of 10.34 per nine innings of work in July. He also had all four of his starts going for quality outings, highlighted by a three-hit, seven inning scoreless start where he struck out seven.

Arkansas Travelers, Double-A

Player of the Month : Mike Bianucci, Designated Hitter

It's hard to believe a designated hitter with a power bat in the Texas League would shine, but in the case of Mike Bianucci, it was simple. Bianucci put up a slash of .255/.303/.520 for the month of July, having his slugging percentage lifted by six home runs, seven doubles, and a triple.

Bianucci appeared in 27 games over July, reaching base in 21 of them. He also had seven of those 27 games be multi-RBI games, helping his 19 RBI for the month. Between Bianucci's runs scored and RBI count, he totalled for 32 runs either brought in or scored.

Pitcher of the Month : Trevor Gott, Right-Handed Pitcher

Gott was acquired in mid July from the San Diego Padres in the Huston Street trade, but found his stride in Double-A, allowing just five base runners (two hits / three walks) and zero runs over July helping him boast a 0.00 ERA and 0.60 WHIP.

Gott's abilites to shut down bats showed with his .083 against average over the month, and he struck out over nine per nine innings of work for July.

Salt Lake Bees, Triple-A

Player of the Month : Luis "Lucho" Jimenez, Third Baseman

Jimenez put up a monstrous slash of .348/.404/.630 for the month of July. His slugging percentage was boasted by eight doubles and six home runs, helping him bring 22 runs home by way of his bat, and was brought home 17 times while on the basepaths.

Lucho had 13 multi-hit games and reached base in 18 games of his 24 games in July. He also lifted his season slash from .264/.302/.483 on the first day of July to .286/.330/.521 on the last day.

Pitcher of the Month : Caleb Clay, Right-Handed Pitcher

Clay posted a 4.01 ERA over the month of July, never earning more than four runs in any of his five starts over the month. In 33.2 innings pitched, he had a 1.19 WHIP, helped by his seven walks over the month. The long ball was Clay's problem in July as he gave up five.

Clay's month was highlighted by a complete game, three-hit shutout right out of the All-Star break. Clay also had an eight strikeout performance, helping give him 6.68 strikeouts per nine over July.

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