MadFriars' June Hitter of the Month

As the weather heats up, it increases the difference between the offense-friendly leagues and more neutral environments. In June, hitters in Lake Elsinore and Tucson put up some impressive numbers, while the Missions and TinCaps had much more sparse results.

Tucson Padres

After a rough start to the year, Cody Decker has been on a roll for Tucson. The UCLA product posted a 333/408/644 line across 28 games in June with a system-best seven homers. The 26-year-old slugger is now slugging .580 in the Pacific Coast League this season.

Shortstop Dean Anna just keeps hitting. The 26th-round pick out of Ball State hit .369 for the month and, for the second time in three months, tallied more walks than strikeouts. Anna finished the month with the third-best average and on-base percentage in the league. Both of the guys ahead of him have gotten big league time recently. Anna's also been strong defensively. Splitting time between second and third, Anna didn't have a single error in the month.

June Player of the month: Dean Anna

San Antonio

No Missions player who had 50 plate appearances hit .300 or slugged .500 for the month, so claiming the title of Mission's offensive player of June isn't going to be a major highlight. Utility man Adam Buschini, who was out of affiliated ball for two years and signed after playing in Australia this winter, paced San Antonio with a .296 average, though his 754 OPS was only good for fourth.

Jeudy Valdez continues to have a lot of swing-and-miss in his bat, but hit the ball hard when he did make contact. The 24-year-old shortstop had a team-best .466 slugging percentage in June, though with only a .219 average and .296 on-base percentage even that wasn't enough for a plus month. While Reymond Fuentes spent much of the month on the disabled list, he was on fire before going down. The fleet-footed outfielder had a 405/511/514 line in 11 games until his hamstring injury. The club will certainly look forward to getting him back.

June Player of the Month: Jeudy Valdez

Lake Elsinore Jace Peterson was a man on fire in June, scorching the Cal League for a 379/446/632 line. The left-handed hitting shortstop backed up his 12 extra-base hits with an impressive 12:13 strikeout-to-walk ratio, and was perfect in 12 stolen base attempts as well. He also had a strong month defensively, committing only three errors in June. After watching Yeison Asencio and Cory Spangenberg get the promotion in the wake of a strong May, Peterson can likely expect to join them in San Antonio shortly.

Austin Hedges continued to surge after his stint on the disabled list, putting up a 321/379/526 line. With his bat on fire, backup catcher Robert Kral shifted over to first base, and kept things going at the plate. Kral slightly out-produced Hedges, going 329/486/468. The eye-popping on-base percentage comes on the back of 23 walks in 24 games.

June Player of the Month: Jace Peterson

Fort Wayne The TinCaps had only eight homers all month. Three of them belonged to Chris Burke, an 18th-round pick out of Iona last summer. The 23-year-old third baseman hit 351/408/511, good enough to lead Fort Wayne in all three categories. On the down side, he also committed a team-high 10 errors in 25 games.

Infielders Diego Goris and Maxx Tissenbaum hit .330 and .320 respectively, though the Canadian second baseman/shortstop had a slightly better OPS than the Dominican minor league Rule 5 selection. The only other OPS above 750 belongs to Alberth Martinez whose 250/362/413 line wasn't exactly inspiring.

June Player of the Month: Chris Burke

June MadFriars Player of the Month

Jace Peterson was the clear top performer in the system. A former two-sport guy in college, the shortstop has made quick work of turning his athleticism into baseball skills. As June showed, he has the ability to be a dynamic top-of-the-order hitter with solid up-the-middle defense. That's a valuable commodity, and one that bolsters the 2011 draft class that's emerging as an organization-defining group. Next month, we'll have enough data to look at all six levels of the organization.

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