TigsTown's July Players of the Month

We're now into the final full month of the season, but before we wrap up July, it's time to hand out the hardware! Who had the best performances at the plate and took home the Players of the Month awards? Find out inside!

Toledo – Jeff Frazier

It is safe to say that Jeff Frazier went absolutely insane in July, hitting the ball for average, hitting for power, and basically doing everything you can imagine with the stick. Through 28 games, Frazier hit a smoking .375 on the back of 39 hits. He also ripped eight doubles and seven home runs for 15 extra base hits, while driving in 22 of his teammates. Four walks and those extra base hits combined to give him an outstanding 1.045 OPS for the month, and may have put him squarely back on the prospect map.
Runner-Up – Wilkin Ramirez

Erie – Brennan Boesch

Though the Erie offense had several stars in July, Boesch stood out above them all by hitting at a robust .323 clip through 22 games. Of his 30 hits, Boesch knocked 14 of the extra-base variety, including five doubles, three triples, and six home runs. Those extra-base hits pushed Boesch to a .634 slugging percentage, and a .971 OPS. As Erie continues to push for an Eastern League playoff push, Brennan Boesch's offensive performance may be a critical component.
Runner-Up – Casper Wells

Lakeland – Jordan Newton

Despite only playing in 16 games for the Flying Tigers in July, Newton made the most of them by slugging four doubles and three home runs en route to a .339/.350/.593 triple-slash line for the month. As the Lakeland offense struggled at times, Newton still managed to drive in nine runs in his brief time on the field, and he also swiped three bases without being caught, giving him eight for the season.
Runner-Up – Joe Tucker

West Michigan – Billy Nowlin

Despite a roaring hot month from Ben Guez, Nowlin and Pounds were the top two offensive performers in Grand Rapids in July. Nowlin's offensive prowess continues to shine through, as he ripped hits to the tune of a .365 average in 27 games. In a difficult hitting league, Nowlin managed an outstanding 12 doubles along with two triples and two home runs. Slugging at a .577 clip will get you noticed, and scouts have begun talking more and more about Nowlin's bat.
Runner-Up – Bryan Pounds

Oneonta – John Murrian

The Tigers 9th round pick in June, Murrian came our flying when the calendar flipped to July. In his first full month as a pro, Murrian smoked the ball with a .375/.420/.650 line. Murrian drove in 23 runs and boosted his season average to .355, vaulting him up the league leader boards. As part of his month, he knocked eight doubles and four home runs, proving that his bat may not be as far behind his glove as initially thought.
Runner-Up – Alexis Espinoza

GCL – Jordan Cruz

He may be a non-drafted free agent, but his college coaches said they were shocked he wasn't picked at some point, and Cruz proved that to be true with a scorching hot July; matching the Florida summer weather. In 29 games as one of the team's primary outfielders, Cruz posted a .284 average with 12 doubles, two triples, and three home runs. The 19 runs driven in give him 24 for the season, and he also eleven walks and four steals.
Runner-Up – Alexander Nunez

DSL – Samir Rijo

While he may not have found himself a consistent position yet, Rijo sure starting finding himself with the bat in July. In 22 games for the Tigers, he posted a .303 batting average to push his season total to .263, while also walking 14 times against just 10 strikeouts, to give him a sparkling .413 on-base percentage. Four doubles, a triple, and a home run later, and Rijo had himself a .421 slugging percentage, giving him an .834 OPS, and his first TigsTown award.
Runner-Up – Domingo Gonzalez

VSL – Gilbert Gomez

Just like Rijo, Gomez has yet to solidify himself with a defensive position, but that hasn't stopped his bat from getting moving. Though he only hit .273 in 17 games, he still managed a .333 on-base percentage, and .564 slugging percentage. In just those 17 games, Gomez slugging was boosted by seven doubles and three home runs, while his OBP was helped by four walks. If his bat continues to awaken, he may not have to worry about what position he settles in at for the long term.
Runner-Up – Luis Sanz

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