April saw a high load of talent in the Los Angeles Angels farm system, but none stood out enough to set themselves up for Player and Pitcher of the Month honors from Scout.com. Our affiliate correspondents sat down and got together, voting for who we believed earned the honors or the best for the month. For the first time since April of last season, we had unanimous winners in both categories.
Adams is the current leader through the Halos farm system in batting average, on-base percentage and OPS, and currently sits second in hits and total bases. Adams, who has a slash of .382/.523/.529 has helped keep the Burlington Bees near the top of their division and has thrived in nearly every game he's played in. Adams collected six multi-hit games in April, and he has reached base in 19 of his 20 games, including his first 13, and finishing off the month strong with a six-game hit-streak where he's gone a combined 9-for-20, with four walks and two hit by pitch.
Pitcher of the Month : Eduardo Paredes, Right-Handed Reliever, Burlington Bees
Dating back to last season, Paredes has not allowed a run since August 7th. This year, he's been just as light's out in a class higher than Rookie Ball. Over April, Paredes has allowed just two base runners (one hit, one walk) in seven innings of work, while striking out 15. What's even more remarkable is that Paredes is just 20-years-old and very far under the radar when it comes to prospect listings. Paredes has limited bats to a .045 batting average and has yet to give up a hit to any right-handed hitters in 10 plate appearances, while striking out six of them. Paredes is also five-for-five in save opportunities this season.
Taylor Blake Ward is a Senior Publisher for Scout.com, and can be found on Twitter, @TaylorBlakeWard, as well as InsideTheHalos.com, @AngelsOnScout.