Though it was arguably the toughest decision of the year, Bakersfield third baseman takes home the honor as Lone Star Dugout's Player of the Month for June 2007.
A native of Longview, Texas, the 21-year-old third baseman struggled early in the season. After hitting just .244 in April, Davis raised his batting average to .276 the next month, but hit for less power. However, Davis did it all in June, as he batted an outstanding .354 with seven home runs.
|May 2007||Bakersfield (A+)||.354||96||5||7||31||17||2||2||28||.373||.667|
Honorable Mention: Nate Gold, 1B, Jason Botts, OF, Nelson Cruz, OF (Oklahoma); German Duran, 2B, Brandon Boggs, OF (Frisco); Manuel Pina (Clinton)
The Oklahoma trio of Gold, Botts, and Cruz all hit around .360 with outstanding power in the month of June. While second baseman German Duran did his usual at the plate, centerfielder Brandon Boggs hit .309 with seven home runs and 19 walks. After struggling at the plate in the season's first two months, 20-year-old Clinton catcher Manny Pina hit .348.
Pitcher of the Month: Zach Phillips, LHP, Clinton
Left-handed pitcher Zach Phillips turned in a rock solid month for the Clinton LumberKings.
Phillips made five starts in the month of June, but he especially stood out in two of them, as he tossed one-hit, shutout ball twice in the span of 15 days. In all, the 20-year-old was 3-0 with a 2.37 earned run average. In 30 1/3 innings, he permitted 21 hits (.193 BAA) while walking just three and striking out 28.
|May 2007||Clinton (A)||3-0||30.1||21||3||28||2.37|
Honorable Mention: Mike Wood, RHP (Oklahoma); Danny Ray Herrera, LHP (Frisco); Michael Wagner, RHP (Bakersfield); Brennan Garr, RHP (Clinton)
Oklahoma starter Mike Wood has been one of the best pitchers in the Pacific Coast League's first half with a 2.44 ERA. The righty was 4-0 with a 2.25 earned run average in four starts this past month. A trio of relievers – Danny Herrera, Mike Wagner, and Brennan Garr – combined to round out this month's honorable mention. While Herrera (2.50 ERA) and Wagner (2.76 ERA) were both outstanding, hard-throwing closer Brennan Garr surrendered just three hits in 11 1/3 innings this past month.