TigsTown's August Players of the Month

It's that time of the month again! Which players excelled in August? Find out inside as TigsTown hands out its August Players of the Month awards!

Toledo – Andy Dirks (OF)

Though the 24-year old Dirks spent some time on the disabled list after arriving in Toledo, in the 16 games he did see action last month, he was hitting at an absolutely torrid pace. Dirks punished the ball to the tune of a .317/.353/.603 clip that included seven doubles, one triple, and three home runs; and I repeat, in just 16 games. Dirks also managed to drive in twelve runs and swipe three bases without being caught, to top off his fine performance.

Runner-Up – Max St. Pierre (C)

Erie – Brandon Douglas (2B)

After missing a significant amount of time at the start of the season with a bum hamstring, Douglas didn't waste any time, hitting .331 in 37 games at Lakeland, before upping the ante when he arrived in Erie. In his first true exposure to Double-A (he had a brief stint there in 2008), Douglas ripped the ball at a .364 clip through 26 games last month. He backed up that shiny average with a whopping 16 doubles and two triples, not to mention13 RBI. Douglas limited his strikeouts to just 12 in 110 at-bats, and stole four bags for the ‘Wolves.

Runner-Up – Bryan Pounds (3B)

Lakeland – Jordan Lennerton (1B)

Just a 33rd round pick in 2008, Lennerton has made an impact in the lower rungs of the Tigers farm system over the last two full seasons. After a promotion to Lakeland in June, Lennerton stumbled, hitting .231 and .261, respectively, in his first two months at the High-A level. After adjusting to the level of competition and getting on a bit of a hot streak, the 24-year old lefty hitting first baseman pounded out 40 hits in just 29 games, giving him a .367 average. In the tough hitters environment of the Florida State League, Jordan pumped ten doubles and a massive seven home runs; belying the tag that he doesn't have enough power for his position.

Runner-Up – Daniel Fields (OF)

West Michigan – Corey Jones (2B)

One of the Tigers higher round selections in the recently past June draft, Jones has taken well to an aggressive first assignment in the Midwest League. In 28 games in August, Jones was one of the leading offensive forces behind the ‘Caps playoff drive. The rookie second sacker hit a robust .395 with 12 doubles and 19 RBI, while managing to pile up nine walks and his first professional steal.

Runner-Up – Jeff Rowland (OF)

Oneonta – Josh Ashenbrenner (3B)

Josh's performance last month wasn't quite on par with his brief eleven game debut in June, but he did manage to help boost a struggling Connecticut offense. Playing nearly every day at the hot corner, Ashenbrenner hit at a modest .253 clip, but he managed six doubles and one triple, giving him twelve doubles and three triples on the season.

Runner-Up – Alexander Nunez (2B)

GCL – Javier Azcona (3B)

The transition to the states wasn't easy for the 18-year old prospect that received a six-figure signing bonus, but he finally persevered and showed what he was made of in August. After hitting a paltry .227 and an even worse .195 in his first two months, Azcona exploded with a .325 average last month, with a .510 slugging percentage, propped up by seven doubles, one triple, and two home runs. Azcona also showed that he still has some wheels in his growing body, taking four bases from the opposition, while being caught twice.

Runner-Up – Dixon Machado (SS)

DSL – Samuel Ortiz (UT)

The 19-year old Ortiz hasn't shown much in his prior two seasons in the DSL, but he finally put some things together on the field this summer; finishing with a .273 average in 45 games. Playing all over the field for the Tigers this year, Ortiz let his bat do most of the talking by posting a .279/.311/.442 line in August. Behind that line, Ortiz smoked a double and three triples in 13 games as the season came to a close.

Runner-Up – Carlos De Los Santos (2B)

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