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Detroit Tigers TigsTown Players of the Month: May 2016

There were a few standout performers at the plate in May, including one player that earned back-to-back player of the month honors, in addition to a guy that got red hot in Erie.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – 1B/OF Chad Huffman


96 AB | .354 AVG | .456 OBP | .667 SLG | 23 RBI


Huffman was a monster in the month of May, hitting the cover off the ball in every way possible as he well exceeded the .300/.400/.500 triple slash line, while driving in 23 runs. Huffman’s .354 average was high, but he did strike out only 16 times while earning 13 walks, and even swiped six bases. All that plus eight doubles, two triples and six home runs led to Huffman running away with player of the month honors in Toledo.


Runner-up: IF Casey McGehee



AA Erie SeaWolves – OF Jeff McVaney


105 AB | .343 AVG | .465 OBP | .648 SLG | 13 RBI


McVaney got off to a slow start in April, but heated up in a hurry in May, with an OPS over 1.100 for the month. McVaney ripped an impressive 18 extra-base hits, including five home runs, while driving in a dozen runs and scoring an especially impressive 31 runs in 28 games. McVaney also took more walks (17) than he struck out. While the race wasn’t especially close, Jones earns runner-up honors for his hot start once he returned from the restricted list.


Runner-up: UT JaCoby Jones



A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – OF Christin Stewart


95 AB | .253 AVG | .405 OBP | .558 SLG | 19 RBI


It’s rare to see someone earn back-to-back player of the month honors, but that’s exactly what Stewart did, as his May was even better than his April start. Stewart belted eight more home runs and posted an ISO of 0.30, with the only thing keeping his OPS under 1.000 was his relatively low .253 batting average. He did strikeout 27 times, but also earned 23 walks.


Runner-up: IF Joey Pankake



A West Michigan Whitecaps – C Shane Zeile


74 AB | .230 AVG | .289 OBP | .473 SLG | 13 RBI


Offense continued to be quiet from the Whitecaps lineup, but Zeile was a bright spot in May despite hitting only .230. Zeile, working as the most-days catcher posted a .762 OPS, and also belted a pair of home runs among ten total extra-base hits.


Runner-up: IF Leonardo Laffita

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