April Awards

Here is our first edition of our awards, where we give a Batter and Pitcher of the Month for each of the Rockies affiliates. We also name some Honorable Mention players, and give a run down on who excelled during the month of April.

Colorado Springs Sky Sox (14-6, .322 BA, 3.91ERA)

Batter of the Month: Carlos Gonzalez
The slugging outfielder had a monster start to the 2009 campaign, as he drove in an incredible 27 runs in only 19 games. This included a six-RBI effort against Reno. Gonzalez, who was a top prospect for the Oakland Athletics, also scored 20 times, hit five triples, and had six doubles. He could be in Colorado very soon.
Honorable Mention: Matt Murton (.411, 4 HR), Kenny Perez (.373, 22H), Eric Young (.329, 14 SB), Daniel Ortmeier (.348, 16 RBI)

Pitcher of the Month: Alan Johnson
Johnson was the top starter for the Sky Sox through the month of April, as he won all four of his starts. The young right-hander posted a 2.31 earned run average, tossed 23.1 innings, and allowed only six earned runs. The opposition hit only .181 against him, and he walked only five.
Honorable Mention: Randy Flores (2.89, .156 BAA), Jason Hirsh (3-1, 17K), Damian Moss (1.69, 10G), Scott Munter (1.54, 2W)

Tulsa Drillers (9-11. .257 BA, 5.09 ERA)

Batter of the Month: Jeff Kindel
Kindel appeared in 19 games for the Drillers, making 16 starts at First Base, and put together a very special month. The slugger batted .328 in the month, which was 70 points higher than the team average, and he drove in 11. In 19 games, Kindel picked up 21 hits, and smacked five doubles. He has also cut down on his strikeouts, as he whiffed only ten times in April.
Honorable Mention: Cole Garner (.313, 15R), Daniel Mayora (.340, 0E), Mike Paulk (.318, 5 2b), Chris Nelson (16R, 13 RBI)

Pitcher of the Month: Keith Weiser
Weiser had one of the better months of any prospect in the Rockies organization, and he really anchored the staff in Tulsa through the first month of the season. Weiser started four games for the Drillers, winning one, and posted a 2.74 earned run average. The left-hander pitched 23 innings, striking out 22, and he held the opposition to a .198 average. Incredibly, Weiser walked only one batter all month.
Honorable Mention: Chaz Roe (3.86, .203BAA), Shane Lindsay (3.18, 10G), Adam Bright (2.45, .174 BAA), Jon George (10G, 13K)

Modesto Nuts (14-6, .229 BA, 3.51ERA)

Batter of the Month: Radames Nazario
On a team that hit only .229 combined, Nazario was a major bright spot in the Nuts' lineup. The infielder batted .324 in 20 games, making him the only regular to hit over .300 for the month of April. In total, Nazario scored 12 times, hit seven doubles, and drove in seven runs. Splitting time between third and shortstop, Nazario also walked seven times, and had an on-base percentage over .400.
Honorable Mention: Charles Blackmon (.297, 22H), Brian Rike (14 RBI, 4 2b)

Pitcher of the Month: Bruce Billings
Billings made three starts for Modesto in the month of April, and was dynamite, posting a 1.17 earned run average. Although he loss two of his three starts, mostly due to an anemic offense, Billings struck out better than a batter per inning. Against him, batters hit only .151, and he allowed only two earned runs. He opened off May in grand fashion, tossing seven innings of one-hit ball.
Honorable Mention: Brandon Durden (4GS, 2.35, 2W), Kenneth Durst (4GS, 2.70), Connor Graham (4GS, 3.24), Craig Baker (9-9 Saves)

Asheville Tourists (10-11, .285 BA, 4.80 ERA)

Batter of the Month: Jordan Pacheco and James Cesario
There is a tie for Batter of the Month for the Asheville Tourists, as Cesario and Pacheco both batted over the coveted .400 mark in April. Pacheco showed better power numbers than Cesario, as he led the team with four home runs, and 20 runs batted in. Cesario scored 18 runs in the month, but he led the team with 35 hits, and finished second with six stolen bases. Combined, the two accounted for almost a third of the team's hits, and helped the team overcome some sub-par pitching to finish the month close to .500.
Honorable Mention: Scott Robinson (30 H, 21 R), Thomas Field (.296 BA, 10 R), Patrick Rose (.291 BA, 13 R)

Pitcher of the Month: Christian Friedrich
Friedrich put together arguably the best month of any prospect in the Rockies organization, and was nearly unhittable during his four starts. The left-hander posted a 1.17 earned run average in his 23.0 innings of work, and won two of his three decisions. He struck out 35 batters in that span, and walked only six.
Honorable Mention: Adam Jorgenson (2SV, 12K), Alan Deratt (16K in 15.1 IP), Dan Houston (4.09 ERA, 3GS)

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