OAKLANDCLUBHOUSE PLAYER OF THE MONTH: June
Joe Bennie, Stockton Ports
102 at-bats, .343/.407/.559, 7 2B, 5 HR
Bennie finished off the 2015 season as hot as anyone in baseball. He was at that level again this June, powering the middle of the Stockton line-up. Bennie’s improvement has been steady this season, going from a 702 OPS in April to a 747 OPS in May and a 966 OPS in June. He more than doubled his season homerun total in June.
Bennie is currently third in the Cal League in RBI (54), second in doubles (23) and 10th in walks (33). The New York native has never had a high profile outside of the organization, but his stature within the organization continues to grow.
Ryon Healy, Nashville: 106 at-bats, .311/.359/.519, 10 2B, 4 HR, 8 BB
For the first time in 2016, Healy is not our offensive player of the month, but that is more a function of Bennie’s outstanding month than Healy’s performance. The Healy train continued to steamroll through the minor leagues in June, as he was a line-drive machine for the Sounds. He will represent the A’s at the All-Star Futures Game in July and appears to be nearing his big league debut.
Jaycob Brugman, Nashville: 103 at-bats, .311/.387/.495, 14 XBH, 12 BB
Brugman has quietly excelled the past two months. He has hit even better since moving up from Double-A to Triple-A in May. Brugman is hitting for power, working his way on-base via the walk and hitting for average for the Sounds. He isn’t flashy, but Brugman does everything well and is looking more and more like a future David Murphy-type fourth outfielder in the big leagues.
Mike Martin, Beloit: 80 at-bats, .338/.411/.400, 9 BB, 5 SB
Martin didn’t even make it out of Arizona until June 3, but he has hit the ground running since joining the Snappers. Hitting out of the lead-off spot, the A’s 2015 33rd-round pick has hit safely in all but three of his 23 starts. His three extra-base hits in June were the first three of his career.
Tyler Marincov, Midland: 90 at-bats, .300/.385/.489, 10 XBH
Marincov was forced to repeat at High-A to start the year, but he hit his way to a mid-season promotion and has taken full advantage of his opportunity with Midland since joining the RockHounds. In June, Marincov had 20 RBI in 27 games and he walked 12 times. He got July off to a rousing start, going 4-for-4 with a homer and two RBI.
Chad Pinder, Nashville: 105 at-bats, .276/.342/.476, 5 HR, 6 2B
It hasn’t been an easy season for Pinder, but he has improved each month and worked his way into a PCL All-Star nod with a strong June. Pinder exceeded his season total in homeruns in June.
Luis Barrera, Vermont: 53 at-bats, .377/.441/.509, 4 2B, 1 HR; Miguel Mercedes, Vermont: 54 at-bats, .370/.417/.556, 2 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR; Matt McBride, Nashville: 72 at-bats, .306/.398/.542, 3 HR; Bruce Maxwell, Nashville: 67 at-bats, .313/.352/.522, 3 HR; Ryan Howell, Beloit: 79 at-bats, .240/.360/.440, 3 HR, 14 BB; Justin Higley, Beloit: 91 at-bats, .291/.378/.453, 8 XBH, 11 BB