OAKLANDCLUBHOUSE PLAYER OF THE MONTH: May
Ryon Healy, Midland RockHounds and Nashville Sounds
.346/.418/.571; 4 HR, 5 2B, 2 3B, 13 BB, 17 RBI
They say variety is the spice of life, but Healy has been too good throughout this season for anyone else to claim the player of the month crown. Healy’s month included a power surge early for Double-A Midland and then a mid-month promotion to Triple-A, where Healy has continued to punish opposing pitching.
In two-and-a-half times fewer games, Healy is only one homer and six walks away from equaling his full-season totals from last season, when he was a Texas League post-season All-Star. Since moving up to Triple-A, eight of his 15 games have been multi-hit efforts. He could push his way into the big league conversation soon if he continues to hit as he has the first two months of the season.
Note: Minimum 80 plate appearances to be considered
Sandber Pimentel, Stockton Ports: .255/.342/.531 8 HR, 11 BB, 16 RBI
Pimentel suffered through a power outage in April, but he made up for that in a hurry in May with eight longballs. Pimentel is a classic three-true-outcomes hitter, and he had all three aspects of that scouting report going in May, with 11 walks and 28 strike-outs in 26 games.
Chris Iriart, Beloit Snappers: .253/.355/.484 5 HR, 7 2B, 13 BB
Quietly, Iriart has been “the man” for Beloit in the middle of their line-up, and that was especially true in May, when he had 12 extra-base hits and 13 RBI. Unfortunately, he will be missing time in June after he was beaned in the face with a fastball on Thursday night.
Edwin Diaz, Beloit Snappers: .303/.380/.438, 10 BB, 2 HR
After struggling for three months last season and then again in April, Diaz finally had a breakthrough in the Midwest League with a solid month of May. The talented native of Puerto Rico hit for average, drew walks at a good clip and even connected on his first two homers of the season. He could be starting to tap into the talent he has often shown at the A’s Arizona complex.
Rangel Ravelo, Nashville Sounds: .278/.354/.458 7 XBH, 11:9 K:BB
Like many of his Nashville teammates, Ravelo got off to a very slow start in April, but he looked more like himself in May. Ravelo made roughly the same amount of contact in May that he did in April, but his groundball percentage went down and, not surprisingly, his average went up. He also picked up eight extra-base hits after collecting only three in April.
Jaycob Brugman, Nashville Sounds/Midland RockHounds: .268/.369/.479 for Midland; 265/.278/.449 for Nash. 15 XBH, 13 BB
Like Healy, Brugman earned a mid-month promotion from Double-A to Triple-A. Before the promotion, Brugman walked 11 times in 18 games and collected eight extra-base hits. His plate discipline diminished after the promotion, but he drove-in 12 runs in 11 games thanks, in large part, to six doubles and a homer in 11 games.
Matt Olson, Nashville Sounds (.262/.353/.447 13 2B, 18 RBI, 15 BB); Seth Brown, Stockton Ports (.275/.405/.374 7 XBH, 18 BB); Trent Gilbert, Beloit Snappers (.300/.357/.389 8 2B); Melvin Mercedes, Stockton Ports (.310/.388/.322 11 BB); Ryan Howell, Beloit Snappers (.276/.432/.362 13:14 BB:K)
Of note: B.J. Boyd, Stockton Ports (58 at-bats; .414/.447/.483)