TigsTown's July Players of the Month

Another month has concluded, and so once again it's time to hand out the hardware. Inside, see which players excelled in the month of July and take home their team's player of the month award!

Toledo – Ryan Strieby (1B)

It's been a tumultuous few years for Strieby as he spent multiple seasons battling a nagging wrist injury and has yet to regain his lofty status as one of the best power prospects in the system. The 6-5, 235 pound behemoth found his groove in July, torching the International League with a robust .279/.374/.510 line. Over 27 games, Strieby blasted seven home runs and three doubles en route to driving in 27 runners. While it may not thrust him back up prospect charts, Strieby's powerful month has drawn some attention and made people remember why he was so highly thought of in recent years.

Runner-Up – Timo Perez (OF)

Erie – Audy Ciriaco (INF)

Still only 24-years old after making his professional debut in the Gulf Coast League at just 18-years old, Ciriaco has had his share of ups and downs throughout his career. Taken off the 40-man roster, Ciriaco's prospect stock had been slipping rapidly before he again teased some scouts with a very impressive July showing. In 21 games for the Seawolves last month, Ciriaco hit .337 with 28 hits, including four doubles, three triples, and one homer. All total, he slugged .494 for the month and flashed an OPS of .847, bringing his season line to .272/.298/.394.

Runner-Up – Deik Scram (OF)

Lakeland – Tony Plagman (OF)

A ninth round pick out of Georgia Tech in 2010, Plagman has turned in his share of strong performances since signing. Named a Florida State League Mid-Season All-Star earlier this year, Plagman's July performance may be one of his best. Playing in 29 games for the Flying Tigers, Plahman hit .290 with twelve walks, giving him a .368 on-base percentage. More importantly, he blasted six home runs and six doubles, even mixing in a triple, to round out the month with a .533 slugging percentage. His six homer month gave him 16 for the season; a loft total for a notoriously pitcher friendly league.

Runner-Up – Brent Wyatt (UT)

West Michigan – Nick Castellanos (3B)

There was a legion of fans wondering what was wrong with Castellanos after he came out of the gates struggling in his full-season debut this spring, but those questions have vanished at this point. After hitting just .179/.222/.209 in April, Castellanos has crushed the ball all summer long, culminating with his .318/.373/.477 line in July. He boosted his monthly line with eleven doubles and two home runs, and walked a season-high nine times for the month. One scout that saw him late last month noted "He's in the top two or three hitters in that league." That sounds exactly like what the Tigers hoped they were getting with their supplemental pick last summer.

Runner-Up – Jason Krizan (OF)

Connecticut – Dean Green (1B)

It's always tough to know what to expect when players debut in the New York-Penn League, and while some scouts believed Green could hit, nobody expected him to come out raking to this extent. In 26 games for the CT-Tigers, Green ripped the ball en route to a moster .350 average. He tallied five doubles, three home runs and nine walks en route to a lofty .912 on-base plus slugging. Green drove in 16 runs for the month and struck out less than once per game despite his power numbers, and the big left-handed hitter even mixed in his first career stolen base.

Runner-Up – Tyler Collins (OF)

GCL – Juaner Aguasvivas (1B)

One of the streakiest hitters in the entire system, Aguasvivas can go on power-laden binges that make you scratch your head and wonder where that has been the last few weeks or months. July was one of those stretches for a player with one of the coolest names in the organization, as he hit .306/.346/.500 across 19 GCL games. While he only drove in ten runs, Aguasvivas knocked five doubles and three home runs, giving him a sparkling .537 slugging percentage for the season.

Runner-Up – Brandon Eckerle (OF)

DSL – Samuel Ortiz (UT)

A veteran presence for the DSL Tigers, the 2011 season marked Ortiz's fourth at the level. After a brutal start to the summer, Ortiz experience came through and he posted a very strong .309 average in July. With twelve walks to his credit, Ortiz notched a .424 on-base percentage, and he even added four extra-base hits for a .426 slugging mark. His .850 OPS last month is one of the most impressive stretches of his career.

Runner-Up – Raynolds Guzman (C)

VSL – Jose Soledad (1B/3B)

Expected to be one of the premier bats on the VSL Tigers squad this year, Soledad struggled out of the gate. Still just 18-years old to start the season, despite this being his third professional campaign, Soledad hit just .244 in May and .217 in June, before exploding in 24 games last month. Soledad punished VSL pitchers with a .417 average and .531 slugging percentage, including eight doubles and one home run to help drive in 15 runners. Not known for his speed, Soledad even chipped in with seven steals in nine attempts last month.

Runner-Up – Harold Castro (INF)

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