TigsTown's June Players of the Month

Another month is in the books, which means it's time once again to hand out the hardware. Find out which players excelled down on the farm in the month of June!

Toledo – Will Rhymes (2B)

It was a rough start to the 2011 season as Rhymes struggled his way to a sub-.600 OPS in the big leagues, but that has all changed since being sent down to Triple-A in May. After getting his feet back under him, Rhymes torched the International League to the tune of a .320/.397/.466 line in 27 June games. His line includes five doubles, two triples, two home runs, and even more walks than strikeouts.

Runner-Up: Jeff Salazar (UT)

Erie – Justin Henry (UT)

In his fifth year of professional baseball, Henry's performance with Erie is starting to make fans wonder if he might be a big league utility option down the line. While that potential may up for debate going forward, what is not up for debate is the outstanding month Henry put together in June. In 20 games, Henry posted a .328 batting average and walked nine times against just six strikeouts for a .431 on-base percentage. His slugging lagged behind at only a .393 clip, but he did swipe six bases to help make up for it.

Runner-Up: Francisco Martinez (3B)

Lakeland – Corey Jones (2B)

Jones took a while to get going at the plate this year but now that he's finally rolling, he's fueling the Lakeland offense nearly all by himself. Drafted as a bat-first second baseman, Jones hadn't hit above .230 in the season's first two months, but then exploded for a .360 mark in 21 games last month. He also got on base at an even .400 clip and slugged a robust .493 in the humid air of the FSL.

Runner-Up: Jordan Lennerton (1B)

West Michigan – Nick Castellanos (3B)

The top position player in the Tigers system, some fans wondered if the hype had oversold the goods after the first month of his pro career, but Castellanos has since rewarded the Tigers for their nearly $3.5 million investment. In June, Castellanos was an absolute star, hitting a scorching .375 in 24 games, including eight doubles and two home runs to go along with 20 runs driven in. For the month, Castellanos' line was an impressive .375/.406/.521 mark that has fans buzzing about his ultimate offensive ceiling.

Runner-Up: James Robbins (1B)

DSL Tigers – Alwin Delgado (SS)

Delgado got off to a racing start in three games in May, picking up three hits in his first six at-bats, and while he cooled off considerably from that pace in June, he still posted a very solid .270/.309/.429 line in 19 June contests. Delgado slugged six doubles and two triples to help drive in four runs and score five more in the process.

Runner-Up: Sandy Acevedo (OF)

VSL Tigers – Jesus Alvarado (OF)

Not yet 20-years old. Alvarado may be putting some of his tools to good use in his third VSL season. The lanky 6-foot-1 outfielder posted a whopping .388 average in 22 games last month including nine doubles and the first home run of his 2011 campaign. Alvarado was a run producing machine with 13 RBI and 13 runs scored, as he posted a massive 1.020 OPS on the heels of a .453 on-base percentage (thanks to seven walks) and .567 slugging percentage.

Runner-Up: Anderson Yance (OF)


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