TigsTown's April Players of the Month

The time has come to start handing out the hardware, rewarding those players that excelled in the season's first month. Who topped each club's group of position players?

Toledo – Scott Sizemore (2B)

Now in Detroit, Sizemore was nothing short of spectacular after losing a spring training battle for the second base position to Will Rhymes. Upon arrival in Toledo, Sizemore promptly began terrorizing International League pitchers en route to a crazy .417/.500/.597 line for the month. Sizemore's line was padded by seven doubles and two home runs to go along with 13 RBI and three steals. Sizemore did more than enough to earn his next shot in Detroit and with any luck he won't see Toledo again any time soon.

Runner-Up: Andy Dirks (OF)

Erie – Ben Guez (OF)

One of the streakiest players in the entire organization, Guez got off to a roaring start in Double-A despite an admitted dislike of cold weather; "I'm feeling good. I think the last piece to the puzzle is some summer weather. I don't like the cold!" said Guez last month. Despite the often chilly temperatures in the Eastern League, Guez ripped the ball to the tune of a .365/.425/.603 batting line, including three doubles, three triples, and two home runs. The only real blemish on his April record was his 0-for-5 mark in stealing bases.

Runner-Up: Jamie Johnson (OF)

Lakeland – Gustavo Nunez (SS)

The 2010 season was one Nunez and his fans would probably like to forget for the most part, and forget that performance he did. Nunez came out of the gate blazing hot this April having amassed nearly half of the extra base hits as he did in the entire 2010 season, including tying his season-long home run total with two. Though the slugging is unlikely to continue over the long haul, Nunez is back to posting a .300+ batting average and he's even drawing a few walks, giving him a .389 OBP for the month. The last piece to fall into place for Nunez may be his base stealing as he has only successfully stolen four bases in seven attempts.

Runner-Up: Wade Gaynor (3B)

West Michigan – Rob Brantly (C)

One of the Tigers top picks (3rd round) in the 2010 draft, Brantly showed well in his 52-game debut with West Michigan last year, hitting a solid .255/.352/.335 for the ‘Caps. In an attempt to balance out the high priority catchers throughout the system, the Tigers sent Brantly back to West Michigan to start this year and all he has done is demonstrate why he might be ready for another challenge. Through 15 games in April, Brantly torched the ball with a .358 average, six doubles, one home run, and 15 RBI; not to mention six walks that helped give him a .400+ on-base percentage. The top catching prospect in the system, Brantly could see Lakeland before the year is out.

Runner-Up: Hernan Perez (2B/SS) and James Robbins (1B)


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