Oakland A's Minor League Player of the Month – May
Stats: .397/.432/.676 in 68 AB. 11 XBH, 16 RBI, 1:1 K:BB
Vogt began the month on the disabled list, but he was so red-hot once he was healthy that the A's promoted him to the big leagues on June 1. Vogt did it all at the plate for the River Cats in 16 games in May. He collected 27 hits, with 11 of them going for extra bases. He also struck-out just five times and drove-in a run per game played.
Defensively, Vogt continued to impress behind the plate. In 19 games as a catcher this season for Sacramento, Vogt has thrown out 43% of attempted base-stealers. Right before he was promoted to Oakland, Vogt got an appearance in left field, a position he hadn't played since 2012, when he was in the Tampa Bay Rays organization. With Josh Reddick on the DL for Oakland with a knee injury, Vogt could see a little time in the outfield with the A's. Given how well Vogt played with the A's as a rookie last season, he may not be eligible for this award again the rest of this season.
Josh Whitaker, Midland Rockhounds (.330/.373/.543, 5 HR, 21 RBI, 24 G) Like Vogt, Whitaker began the month of May on the DL, but he returned quickly from a minor back ailment. Whitaker has been consistently excellent for the RockHounds all season, leading the team with a .325 average and a 907 OPS. With eight homers already this season, Whitaker has a shot of matching his career-high of 20 in that category, which came with Stockton in 2012.
Matt Olson, Stockton Ports (.250/.400/.519, 8 HR, 18 RBI, 26:24 BB:K in 29 G) Don't let that .234 average fool you; Olson is having an outstanding season at the plate for the Ports. The lanky first baseman is second in the Cal League in homers and first in walks. In May, Olson went deep eight times and posted a positive walk-to-strikeout ratio. He may never hit for average, but Olson is showing that he can still bring plenty of value with his ability to hit for power and get on-base.
Nate Freiman, Sacramento River Cats (.316/.370/.581, 7 HR, 35 RBI in 30 G) It was a rough first month of the season for Freiman, who had to deal with the disappointment of being in Triple-A after spending all of last year on the A's big league roster. Freiman broke-out in May in a big way, however, and he was one of the top run-producers in the PCL during the month. Freiman had eight more extra-base hits in May than he did in April. He also drove-in 20 more runs. He leads the PCL in RBI with 50 on the season.
Aaron Shipman, Stockton Ports (.298/.433/.452, 4 3B, 19:13 BB:K, 7 SB in 23 G) The road hasn't always been easy for Shipman in professional baseball, as injuries have slowed the development of the talented outfielder. Healthy this season, Shipman is taking advantage of an opportunity to show what he can do at the High-A level. Shipman has always had a good eye, and he was able to combine that with better contact skills and even a little bit of power last month. In May, he homered for the first time in his career and Shipman used his speed to collect four triples. He also stole seven bases in eight chances and is 12-for-13 on the season. His BB:K for the year is 30:28 and his .410 OBP ranks fourth in the Cal League. He is 10th in the league in stolen bases.
Boog Powell, Beloit Snappers (.330/.451/.390, 22:26 BB:K in 27 G) Powell has been a model of consistency for the Snappers this season, batting .348/.455 in April and .330/.451 in May. He leads the Midwest League in hitting (.340) by a comfortable margin and is tied for the league lead in OBP. His 41 walks also lead the MWL. Despite being a left-handed hitter, Powell is batting .425 with an 1115 OPS versus southpaws this season.
Shane Peterson, Sacramento River Cats: .310/.407/.371, 19 BB, 5 SB; Max Muncy, Midland RockHounds: .357/.431/.643, 1:1 K:BB in 13 G; Anthony Aliotti, Midland RockHounds: .293/.420/.478, 16 RBI, 18 BB in 27 G; Tyler Marincov, Beloit Snappers: .267/.389/.457, 4 HR , 19 BB in 29 G; Jaycob Brugman, Beloit Snappers: .266/.373/.457, 3 HR in 25 G