Who shined in the month of May down on the farm at the plate and in the field? Check out inside to see which players took home the monthly awards for May!
Toledo – Brent Clevlen (OF)
Following the lead of last month's award winner at Toledo, Mike Hessman
, Clevlen put together an absolutely monster month. In 29 games spanning 103 at-bats, Clevlen ripped seven doubles, three triples, and six home runs, all while driving in 30 ‘Hens runs. All that combined to run his monthly line to .359/.450/.660. For the season, Clevlen has posted some impressive numbers, already surpassing his home run and RBI totals from his 2007 campaign with Toledo.
Runner-Up: Mike Hessman (3B)
Erie – Wilkin Ramirez (OF)
It's not often we have repeat winners in back-to-back months, but after posting a .330/.362/.650 line to open the season, Ramirez has followed that up with a .295/.363/.438 performance in May. Wilkin totaled another nine extra-base hits last month, and even managed to successfully swipe another seven bases, giving him fifteen for the season. While strikeouts are still posing a bit of a problem for Ramirez, his walk rate jumped dramatically in May, jumping from one walk every twenty at-bats, to one walk every nine at-bats.
Runner-Up: Max Leon (IF)
Lakeland – Ryan Strieby (1B)
Ryan Strieby went on a tear for a good part of last month, helping the Flying Tigers to remain above the vaunted .500 mark. With nine doubles and four home runs, Strieby looks to be getting back to the slugging ways the Tigers expected when they drafted him out of Kentucky in 2006. While batting .286 for the month, Ryan managed to draw fourteen walks, pumping his on-base percentage to a robust .372. Through the first two months, Strieby has knocked seven home runs in a tough offensive environment.
Runner-Up: Brennan Boesch (OF)
West Michigan – Chris Carlson (1B)
Following fellow first baseman Ryan Strieby's lead, Carlson managed to put together his own impressive month. Collecting his fourth TigsTown award in three seasons, Carlson went .286/.317/.484 for the ‘Caps in May, and drove in 21 runs along the way. His extra-base totals hadn't been gaudy to start the year, but things are beginning to come around with four doubles, a triple, and four home runs last month. If this keeps up, Chris will be the key cog in the middle of the West Michigan lineup for the rest of the season.
Runner-Up: Roger Tomas (IF)
VSL Tigers – Alexander Moreno (OF)
One of the newer and lesser-known VSL prospects, Moreno jumped in and made an impression in a big way. As a very raw player, his performance thus far has been a very pleasant surprise. In 17 games in Venezuela, Alex managed a .339/.379/.516 line that was far and away the best on his team. He also managed to mix in six extra-base hits and eight RBI for the VSL Tigers. Moreno's ability to keep hitting will be a key in the VSL Tigers attempts to get in the win column more frequently.
Runner-Up: Wondy De Los Santos (IF/OF)