OaklandClubhouse Player of the Month: June
Stats:.300/.457/.500, 3 HR, 25:22 BB:K, 5 SB
Walsh has been consistently productive for the RockHounds all season, but June was his best month to date. After posting OPSs of 879 and 878 in April and May, respectively, Walsh led all A’s minor leaguers with a 957 OPS in June. Walsh drew an average of one walk per game and he collected 12 extra-base hits. He was a starter in the Texas League All-Star game this week, as well. Walsh is currently second in the Texas League with a 905 OPS for the season. He is second in the league in walks with 61 and in OBP at .427. His 24 doubles are tops in the league, as well. The versatile Walsh has appeared almost exclusively at second base this season, but he has also seen a little time in the outfield.
Matt Chapman, Stockton: .245/.333/.551
The batting average isn’t eye-popping, but Chapman’s power totals were impressive in June. He connected on seven homers, two triples and five doubles. Chapman also drove-in 16 and walked 11 times. He had a three-game homer streak in mid-June and all three homeruns put the Ports in the lead for good in those games. He leads all A’s minor leaguers in homeruns despite missing all of April with a knee injury.
Chad Pinder, Midland: 15 G, .371/.385/.516, 13 RBI
Only a hip injury that cost him 10 games could keep Pinder from winning this award in June. Despite the injury, Pinder maintained a hot bat throughout the month. He had seven extra-base hits in 62 at-bats and he drove-in 13 runs in 15 games played. Pinder is sixth in the Texas League in batting with a .302 average for the year.
Brett Vertigan, Stockton:.311/.345/.462
You know you are having quite a season when a line like Vertigan’s is actually a bit of a comedown from his previous months’ work. Vertigan became a run-producer out of the leadoff spot for Stockton in June, knocking home 21 runs in 25 games. He had 10 extra-base hits and stole six bases in seven chances. Vertigan has a .324/.404/.448 line with 42 walks and 21 stolen bases in 74 games so far this year.
Craig Gentry, Nashville: .316/.374/.469
It has been a rough year for Gentry, but the former starting A’s outfielder may finally be turning the corner. He hit his first three homeruns of the season in June and stole seven bases. Gentry also collected six doubles and scored 18 runs in 25 games.
Renato Nunez, Midland: .278/.295/.537
Like Chapman, Nunez missed the first month of the season with a leg injury. Nunez drew 15 walks in 26 games for Midland in May, but he managed just three homeruns. He didn’t walk much in June (three times in 25 games), but he hit with authority, connecting on seven homers and seven doubles. He also drove-in 22 in 25 games. It would be good to see Nunez be more patient, but the aggressive approach was working for him in June.
Others Considered: Branden Cogswell (.307/.398/.440, 2 HR, 12 BB), Franklin Barreto (.299/.315/.460, 2 HR, 4 SB), B.J. Boyd (.282/.365/.424, 4 3B, 10 BB), Beau Taylor (.269/.391/.462, 2 HR, 10 BB), Trent Gilbert (.308/.333/.526, 3 HR), Ryan Roberts (.333/.383/.427, 8 BB)