The early favorite to win Minor League Player of the Month in July was certainly John Whittleman who went on an absolute tear, belting eight home runs in the first half of the month.
But Adam Fox did his work late, and he ended up with the better overall numbers.
The 27-year-old veteran posted one of the best months of his career in July, batting .347 with four doubles, one triple, and eight home runs. He had an incredible .747 slugging percentage, giving him an organization-leading OPS of 1.134 for the month.
At 5-foot-11, 200-pounds, Fox doesn't appear to be a slugger, but he has underrated power. His 12 home runs this season are his most since 2005, when he hit eight with Single-A Clinton and four for Double-A Frisco. The Pennsylvania native hit 10 round-trippers last year, including seven in 96 games with Frisco.
Fox's .463 slugging percentage for the season is set to shatter his previous career best. He has also been excellent against left-handed pitching, batting .365 with three homers in 74 at-bats against them.
Throughout his seven-year professional career, Fox has always been best known as a good leader with outstanding defensive skills at multiple positions. This season—and this past month especially—he packed a punch with the bat, as well.
|July 2009||Frisco (AA)||.347||75||4||8||17||14||2/2||4||19||.388||.747|
Honorable Mention: Julio Borbon (Oklahoma City), John Whittleman (Frisco), Mauro Gomez (Bakersfield), Erik Morrison (Hickory), Vin DiFazio (Spokane), Edwin Garcia (AZL Rangers), Alfredo Chalas (DSL Rangers)
|Kiker was tough to hit in July. b>|
A handful of pitchers were capable of being named the Rangers system's Pitcher of the Month for July, but Kasey Kiker gets the nod.
Though Kiker didn't have the organization's best earned-run average, he gets the award for being nearly unhittable—literally. Opponents batted a meager .138 off Kiker in July, and he racked up 31 strikeouts in 29.0 innings.
Consistency has been the key for Kiker in 2009. The 21-year-old southpaw had phenomenal months in past years, but he also experienced his ups-and-downs. Kiker's highest ERA for any month this season is 3.41, and he has recorded sub-3.00 ERA's in three of the four months this season.
Relatively high pitch counts limited Kiker to just five innings in his last two outings [he gave up a total of three hits in those starts], but he has been more efficient this season. The former first-round pick has lasted at least six innings in five of his last seven starts, giving up no more than three earned runs in all of those outings.
|July 2009||Frisco (AA)||3-0||29.0||13||14||31||2.48|
Honorable Mention: Guillermo Moscoso (Oklahoma City), Beau Jones (Bakersfield), Wilmer Font (Hickory), Martin Perez (Hickory), Robbie Ross (Spokane), Braden Tullis (Spokane), Bobby Wilkins (AZL Rangers), Randol Rojas (DSL Rangers)
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