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OaklandClubhouse Player of the Month: July

Who were the top position players in the Oakland A's system for the month of July?

OaklandClubhouse Player of the Month: July

Matt Chapman, Stockton Ports

Stats: .280/.374/.673, 10 HR, 10 2B, 1 3B, 22 RBI, 15 BB

After a late start to the season thanks to a spring training injury, Chapman has been busy making up for lost time. The A’s 2014 top pick had his best month to date in July. Chapman’s big month propelled him into a tie for the league-lead in homeruns with 23 on the season. Chapman is fourth in the league slugging percentage and 11th in the league in walks. Despite missing the first month of the season, he has a solid chance at reaching the 30-homerun milestone by the end of the year.

Runners-Up:

Ryon Healy, Midland RockHounds: .368/.384/.544

Healy missed a week on the disabled list, but that was the only thing that slowed him down in July. He was a line-drive machine and he topped off his month with a five-hit game on July 29. The corner infielder has always been a good contact hitter. He took that up a notch in July, striking out just five times. Healy has continued his hot run into August with two two-hit games to start the month.

Colin Walsh, Midland RockHounds: .340/.443/.543

Walsh has been outstanding all season, and he had his best month of the season in July. He did a little bit of everything in July, homering four times, stealing six bases and driving in 11. Walsh is currently tied for the league-lead in walks with 80 and he is third in the league in OPS.

Franklin Barreto, Stockton Ports: .375/.393/.700

Barreto’s month ended early with an injured wrist that could cost him the rest of the season. Up until that point, Barreto was unconscious at the plate. He doubled his season homerun total in only 19 games in July and drove-in 14 runs. Barreto also doubled six times and tripled once. If his season is over, Barreto will finish his first year in the A’s organization with a .298/.329/.492 line.

Chad Pinder, Midland RockHounds: .336/.365/.491

Pinder’s breakout season continued into July with another huge month. He drove in 21 runs in 27 games and had 10 extra-base hits. Pinder scored 17 runs. He is currently third in the Texas League in hits with 115.

Chad Oberacker, Midland RockHounds: .330/.405/.460

Oberacker broke out of a two-month lull with a big July. He walked 13 times in 26 games and struck-out just 14 times. Oberacker also stole eight bases, collected nine extra-base hits and scored 19 runs. He is seventh in the Texas League in runs scored this season.

Others Considered:

Seth Brown, Vermont Lake Monsters: (.320/.398/.456, 11 XBH, 18 RBI, 14 BB); Matt Olson, Midland RockHounds: (.258/.368/.483, 4 homers, 8 doubles, 14 walks); Jason Pridie, Nashville Sounds: (.302/.378/.625, 8 HR, 3 2B, 2 3B, 23 RBI, 13 BB); Lana Akau, Beloit Snappers: (.306/.407/.431, 10 BB, 6 XBH); Jose Brizuela, Beloit Snappers: (.310/.395/.470, 9 XBH, 13 RBI, 14 BB); Argenis Raga, Beloit Snappers: (.388/.436/.571); Brett Siddall, Vermont Lake Monsters/AZL A’s: (.333/.347/.571).


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