TigsTown Players of the Month: April 2013

After taking a look at the top pitching performances for the month of April, it's time to shift gears and look at the performance at the plate. Among the highlights are a couple of newcomers to the organization getting their first taste of full season ball in the Tigers organization.

Toledo – Jordan Lennerton (1B)

Drafted three times, all later than the 30th round, Jordan Lennerton doesn't look the part of a serious prospect. That's okay though; he doesn't need to look the part of a serious prospect when all he does is keep on hitting at every level. After performing well in Double-A in 2012, Lennerton has gotten off to a solid start with Triple-A Toledo, posting a .277/.386/.458 line in the season's first month. In 26 games last month, Lennerton pounded out four doubles, a triple and three home runs, including a two homer game on April 25 against Durham. On top of it all, Lennerton walked 16 times in just 26 games while providing very good defense at first base.

Runner-Up – Nick Castellanos (OF)

Erie – Ramon Cabrera (C )

Since promoted to Triple-A, Cabrera was the runaway winner in Erie last month. Acquired in exchange for left-hander Andy Oliver in December, Cabrera put on an offensive show in his first month as a Tiger. In 23 games split between catching and filling in at designated hitter, Cabrera posted a spectacular .333/.404/.460 line with seven doubles and two triples. In a rare feat, he managed to walk (11) more than he struck out (7) and he even picked p a stolen base, just the 17th of his six-year professionally career.

Runner-Up – Hernan Perez (IF)

Lakeland – Jeff McVaney (OF)

Popped in the eighth round of last year's draft and signed for a paltry signing bonus, McVaney has made the Tigers look extremely smart in his brief professional career. After moving through short-season and Low-A in 2012, the Tigers pushed him to High-A for the 2013 campaign. In 25 games last month McVaney hit a robust .311 with seven doubles, two triples, three home runs, 13 RBI and four stolen bases. That type of overall production makes him an intriguing player, even in light of his walk and strikeout rates that are cause for concern. McVaney's month was highlighted by four three-hit games and even one four-hit outing that really amped up his numbers.

Runner-Up – Eugenio Suarez (SS)

West Michigan – Devon Travis (2B)

The Tigers aggressively gave Travis a lofty signing bonus as a 13th round pick last summer and while his debut season was cut short because of a sports hernia, Travis impressed during his brief time in Connecticut. To start this season, Travis has done more than impress with West Michigan, raking to the tune of a .341/.384/.534 line that includes four home runs and 17 RBI. While West Michigan's home park is often considered a pitcher's paradise, Travis has made hay in his home park, ripping the ball with a .385 batting average and five of his eight extra-base hits. Travis really caught fire in the final game of a three game set with South Bend on April 21, poking two hits and following that up with four knocks against Lake County the following day, leading into closed the month as a ten game hitting streak (now at 16 games through May 6).

Runner-Up – Jake Stewart (OF)