May Recap: Modesto Nuts

Here is a look at the month of May for the Modesto Nuts. In this feature, we name a Batter and Pitcher of the Month, as well as some prospects who garnered Honorable Mention.

The Modesto Nuts won only 11 of their 29 games during the month of May, but did not play as bad as their record would indicate. They lost super prospect Cole Garner during the middle of the month, losing a bat that was hitting .429 in May. However, their pitching has not quite come around yet, but it was not as bad as some of the other Rockies affiliates.

Batter of the Month
Jay Cox
Cox struggled mightily with the stick during the month of April, but in May, he quickly got past the Mendoza Line, and is really heating up with the Summer months. After batting only .183 during 17 April games, Cox batted .280 in May, and drove in 13 runs in 23 games. The month brought his season average to .237, which is almost 50 points higher than it was to start May.

Over one stretch, Cox hit safely in six of eight games, and collected six multi-hit games. Batting mostly in the bottom of the batting order, Cox was a very consistent bat, which was needed on a team that batted only .254 for the month.

Honorable Mention: Victor Ferrante (.290, 10R, 7RBI), Cole Garner (.429, 11R, 17G)

Pitcher of the Month
Aneury Rodriguez, Starting Pitcher
Rodriguez was one of the better starting pitchers in the California League during the month of May, posting an earned run of 2.93 in five starts. Though his record was only 2-2, Rodriguez only had one bad outing, and allowed two or fewer earned runs in four of his five starts. If it had not been for a five earned run shellacking at the hands of Bakersfield, Rodriguez would have an earned run average below 2.00.

On May 11, Rodriguez had arguably the best start of any Rockies prospect so far this season, as he tossed a complete game shutout against Lake Elsinore. In that contest, Rodriguez struck out six, walked two, and allowed only one hit in nine innings. Through his first 11 starts this season, Rodriguez has an earned run average of 2.89, good for fourth in the organization. If he could get some run support, he should have a much better record than 4-4, but he has definitely been stellar in 2008.

Honorable Mention: Andrew Graham (11G, 0.61ERA), Andrew Johnston (9G, 0.00ERA, 6SV), David Patton (2.63ERA, 9G, 17K), Shane Lindsay (5GS, 3.55ERA, 26K)

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