TigsTown Players of the Month: August 2014

There were a number of impressive performances among the hitters in the organization in August. The group was led by a well-regarded, but usually light-hitting shortstop that stepped up to have a monster month at the plate.

AAA Toledo - 2B Hernan Perez
110 AB | .345 AVG | .888 OPS | 5 2B | 2 3B | 2 HR | 6 SB
It was an excellent final month of the season for Perez, who had a very up-and-down season at the plate, with great showings at the plate in June and August, sandwiched around a very down July. Perez also made strides defensively at shortstop, a welcome development for a player that was thought to have been pigeonholed as a second-base only prospect.
Runner-Up: C James McCann

AA Erie - SS Dixon Machado
83 AB | .410 AVG | 1.105 OPS | 6 2B | 0 3B | 3 HR | 5 SB
Machado had been a rather light-hitting prospect for years now that had battled injuries, but quietly picked it up big time in the second half of the year, especially in August. While Moya was setting plenty of records, Machado posted an OPS over 1.100 for the 'Wolves with an average over .400.
Runner-Up: OF Steven Moya

A+ Lakeland - OF Connor Harrell
95 AB | .316 AVG | .931 OPS | 7 2B | 1 3B | 3 HR | 7 SB
Offense was tough to come by in Lakeland this season, but Harrell and McVaney helped lead the way, with Harrell shining in August with an OPS over .900 with a great walk rate to go with his extra base hit power.
Runner-Up: OF Jeff McVaney

A West Michigan - IF Domingo Leyba
112 AB | .393 AVG | .911 OPS | 7 2B | 0 3B | 1 HR | 1 SB
While much noise was made when the Tigers traded young Whitecaps infielder Willy Adames, Leyba picked up the production and the role in August, nearly matching Machado's .400 averagewhile adding eight extra base hits, all at just 18 years of age and relatively young for the competition.
Runner-Up: OF Jeff Holm

SS-A Connecticut - IF Steven Fuentes
95 AB | .326 AVG | .948 OPS | 8 2B | 4 3B | 2 HR | 3 SB
Fuentes crushed the ball for the CT-Tigers in August, ripping 14 extra base hits in just 26 games for the club, en route to his OPS that came in well above .900. Fuentes got much of his playing time thie summer at third base, but also got work in at first base and shortstop, continuing the infield moniker for now.
Runner-Up: 2B Brett Pirtle

R GCL Tigers - 3B Zach Shepherd
64 AB | .281 AVG | .900 OPS | 5 2B | 2 3B | 2 HR | 2 SB
For the second straight month, Shepherd put together a very good month and takes home the GCL honors. While his average did drop month over month, he actually saw his walk rate jump significantly, producing an OBP more than 100 points higher than his average.
Runner-Up: 1B Giancarlo Brugnoni


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