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TigsTown Detroit Tigers Minor League Players of the Month: April 2016

A number of Tigers farm hands put on a power display in April, with three players each managing 11 extra-base hits, one in Toledo, one in Erie and one in Lakeland, all of whom in turn took home player of the month honors.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – OF Steven Moya


84 AB | .274 AVG | .299 OBP | .524 SLG | 13 RBI


Moya got off to a hot start in April for the Hens, making good contact and providing plenty of power. Over his 84 at-bats, Moya belted 11 extra-base hits, including five home runs, while driving in 13 runs for the Hens. Moya didn’t show much as far as patience, only working two walks (and one of those was intentional), but did cut down on his strikeouts with 20 K’s resulting in a 23.8% K rate (compared to 32.4% in 2015). Moya kept hitting into May and rode his bat to call-up to Detroit.


Runner-up: OF Nate Schierholtz



AA Erie SeaWolves – 1B/DH Dean Green


81 AB | .309 AVG | .372 OBP | .568 SLG | 22 RBI


Green got the season started off in impressive fashion for Erie, matching Moya’s extra-base hit total, but doing so with an average over .300 and eight walks to go with it. Green helped drive the SeaWolves offense, including driving in 22 runs, and even swiped a base, while only striking out 13 times.


Runner-up: OF Connor Harrell



A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – OF Christin Stewart


85 AB | .212 AVG | .323 OBP | .506 SLG | 16 RBI


Stewart didn’t manage a ton of hits, with a rather low average in the month of April, which made his slugging percentage all the more impressive given that his ISO checks in at nearly 0.3 for the month. Stewart belted seven homers in April, along with four doubles and drove in 16 runs, while scoring 13 himself. He also showed excellent patience, with 11 walks that drove an OBP well over 100 points over his average. Greiner was a solid 2nd to Stewart, as he didn’t post the same power production and had fewer at-bats, but hit nearly .300, a welcome performance after a down year last season.


Runner-up: C Grayson Greiner



A West Michigan Whitecaps – 1B Will Maddox


65 AB | .369 AVG | .397 OBP | .446 SLG | 3 SB


There hasn’t been a lot of power coming out of West Michigan so far this season, and that includes from their first baseman Maddox, but he’s made up for it in other ways, with a .369 average over the first month of the season. Maddox, who did have five doubles, managed 24 hits, and also swiped three bases for the ‘Caps. Azocar wasn’t quite able to match Maddox’s .369 average, but did hit .325 and swiped three bases as well.


Runner-up: OF Jose Azocar


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