Players of the Month: June

Big months in Tucson and San Antonio as for the first time this season not one third baseman is the player of the month on any level.

Tucson 1b/LF Kyle Blanks .390/.466/.792

Kyle Blanks put up good numbers in San Antonio, particularly in May where he hit .333/.404/.586 but started to hit his stride this month in Tucson. Seventeen of his thirty hits were for extra-bases and six went over the wall. He had a 10/17 BB/K ratio and most importantly for Padres' fans he played nine of his twenty games in left field.

San Diego is going to want to see Blanks can play everyday in the outfield instead of every other but he is twenty pounds lighter than he was at the beginning of 2010 when he was the opening day starter for the Padres.

Prospect Watch: To say this was a good hitting team is bit of an understatement. The TPadres hit .324/.388/.514. While Kyle Blanks gets a tremendous amount of attention, LF/1b Matt Clark who at 6'5" 235 lbs. is a mirror image of Blanks except that he bats from the left side hit .398/.446/.699 with 22 RBIs in 23 games. Clark led the team in hits (33) with 22 RBIs. He is in a tough position between Blanks and Rizzo but Clark always makes decisions more difficult because he can really hit. RF Aaron Cunningham has the misfortune of being in the same organization as Chris Denofria, whom he has very similar skill sets. Regardless if there is a place for him in San Diego or somewhere else, he doesn't really belong in AAA anymore hitting .370/.447/.630 with 12 extra-base hits. Utility man Andy Parrino played most of his games at shortstop and the switch-hitter stroked it at . 357/.427543 rate with an 8/7 BB/K ratio. Finally 3b/SS/OF Steve Tolleson who was acquired from Oakland hit .342/.402/.518.

Disappointments: CF Cedric Hunter was the only regular that struggled with a .192/.272/.274 line.

San Antonio 2b/1b Vince Belnome.387/.483/.773

With 1b Cody Decker out Vince Belnome split time between first and second and simply raked. Belnome had twenty-six RBI's in twenty games to go along with 12 extra-base hits, eight of which were home runs. The left-handed hitting former West Virginia Mountaineer had a 14/14 BB/K ratio and led a very good hitting team in on-base and slugging percentage.

Prospect Watch: CF Blake Tekotte has a solid month after coming down from the big leagues hitting .290/.437/.536 with half of his twenty hits going for extra-bases. The only negative was that he was 9 for 15 in stolen base attempts. Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod challenged OF Jaff Decker at the beginning of the month if he could hit .300. While Decker didn't quite make it at .276, they were not to disappointed with a .462 on-base percentage. His power numbers were down a little but an .875 OPS is a good number. 3b James Darnell's offensive numbers were slightly down as he learned new positions, first and left field, but he still hit .273/.373/.525.

Disappointments: SS Beamer Weems had his first bad month this season at the plate hitting .156/.214/.260 with twenty-eight strike outs in one hundred plate appearances.

Lake Elsinore C Jason Hagerty .328/420/.642

In 2010 Jason Hagerty was the MadFriars.com Player of the Year on the back of a huge second half. In June he showed some of the ability that got him the award in his punishment of the California League. Thirteen of his twenty-two hits were for extra-bases and for a power hitter, the switch-hitting Hagerty had a good K/BB ratio of 9/16 and tied for the highest slugging percentage on the team.

Prospect Watch: 3b Jedd Gyorko had his typical month before being moved up to San Antonio hitting .368/.433/.588 splitting time with Edison Rincon at third and DH. Rincon continues to hit, but five errors in ten games at third still has not answered questions of what defensive position he will eventually end up at. Still with the bat, he is impressive hitting .310/.434/.524. 2b/SS Jonathan Galvez has always had a world of potential and this month showed why many observers had stated it hitting .380/.425/.600, leading the team with 26 RBIs. His double play partner Jeudy Valdez came in at .297/.343/.515. 1b Nate Freiman, the 6'7" Duke graduate had a big month hitting .378/.417/.595 finishing second to Galvez with 25 RBIs. Finally it was nice to see OF Danny Payne, a supplemental first round pick in 2007, have a good month coming in at .321/.448/.642.

Disappointments: Catcher Rocky Gale, the backup to Haggerty, struggled in limited duty hitting .194/.250/.222.

Fort Wayne RF/CF Rymer Liriano .356/.448/.467

Rymer Liriano has always been one of the biggest raw talents in the Padres' organization and many claim he is really the only true five-tool talent that they have. This month Liriano led the TinCaps in hits with 32 but strangely only had one double to go along with his three home runs. A big question on Liriano has always been his plate discipline and this month he led the team in walks with 14 against 21 strike outs.

Prospect Watch: LF Luis Domormo continues to produce hitting .313/.364/.469. The nineteen year old Venezuelan has an 8/19 BB/K ratio and nine of his thirty hits were for extra-base hits and led the team in RBIs with 14. 2b Chris Bisson, a fourth round draft pick out of the University of Kentucky in 2010, had his best month hitting .307/.376/.400 after struggling in April and May.

Disappointments: CF Rico Noel after struggling in Lake Elsinore to start the season continues to have a difficult time in the Midwest league hitting .220/.330/.268.

We will have rundowns of Eugene and the AZL next month when they play a full month.

June Player of the Month: Vince Belnome


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