There was plenty of competition between hitters this past month, as Davis had to beat out a pair of hot-hitting Bakersfield outfielders.
Young centerfielder Engel Beltre hit over .400 in June, while David Paisano posted an impressive .356/.431/.444 slash line.
But slugging corner infielder Chris Davis got out to an incredibly fast start to his month, and even after scuffling a bit late, he still finished with a .382 average in 102 at-bats. Davis belted six doubles, one triple, and four home runs.
The 24-year-old went just 4-for-29 with zero extra-base hits over his final eight June games, highlighting just how hot he was coming into last week's series against the New Orleans Zephyrs.
After Oklahoma City's game against Nashville on June 21, Davis was a Hamiltonian 35-for-73 in the month––a .479 batting average––with those 11 extra-base knocks.
Though Davis hasn't yet been able to sustain his offensive success in the big leagues, the 6-foot-3, 230-pound slugger hasn't had any trouble in Triple-A. He hit .333/.402/.685 in 31 games with the RedHawks in 2008, .327/.418/.521 in 44 contests last season, and his line currently sits at .339/.388/.521 through 61 games in 2010.
Honorable Mention: Guilder Rodriguez (Frisco), Engel Beltre (Bakersfield), David Paisano (Bakersfield), Jared Prince (Hickory), Hanser Alberto (DSL Rangers)
Pitcher of the Month: Joe Wieland, RHP, Hickory
Wieland's outstanding performance in the month earned him a promotion to High-A Bakersfield, and he made his California League debut on the first day of July.
The right-hander's first start with the Blaze was a tad shaky––he struggled late in the outing and surrendered seven runs over 5.2 innings, though he did walk just one while striking out seven.
But with Hickory in June, Wieland was flat-out dominant.
The 20-year-old had some issues in his first start of the month, as he yielded five runs on 11 hits over five innings.
After that outing, Wieland pitched 23 innings without permitting an earned run. He allowed 13 hits, walked only three, and struck out 18. Wieland finished the month with a bang, tossing a complete-game shutout against Hagerstown.
The 6-foot-3, 175-pound prospect isn't particularly overpowering––although his fastball has reached 94 mph––but he commands his three-pitch arsenal well, particularly for his age.
Wieland joins an extremely young Bakersfield starting rotation––certainly the youngest in the circuit by a longshot. Four out of five members of the Blaze rotation are 20-years-old, and none of them turn 21 until after the season.
Honorable Mention: Michael Kirkman (Oklahoma City), Blake Beavan (Frisco), Michael Main (Bakersfield), Arlett Mavare (DSL/AZL Rangers)
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