Toledo – Chris Lambert
Chris Lambert earned his trip back to Detroit. The right-hander turned in a spectacular month of July, propelling himself back into the picture as a guy that could help in Detroit. In five starts during the month, Lambert managed a 2-1 record and one complete game. Over 31 innings, he allowed only 27 hits and six walks, while striking out 19, and amassing a 1.45 ERA. After a rough start to the season, Lambert's season line has come back down and he now sits at a 3.55 ERA in 21 Triple-A starts.
Runner-Up – Josh Rainwater
Erie – Brett Jensen
In his first season back from Tommy John surgery, Jensen has wasted no time in proving yet again that he can be a reliable bullpen arm, this time doing so at Double-A Erie. Appearing in eight games for the Seawolves, Jensen ended up taking the loss on two occasions, but also slammed the door for four saves and a 2.92 ERA. In 12 1/3 innings of work, he allowed only ten hits and three walks, while striking out a dominating 18 opposing hitters.
Runner-Up – Robbie Weinhardt
Lakeland – Charlie Furbush
Another pitcher coming back from 2008 Tommy John surgery, Furbush turned his own stellar July performance. In five starts for Lakeland, Charlie dominated the opposition oto the tune of a 2.49 ERA and .207 batting average against. His 2-1 record is backed by only 19 hits allowed in 25 1/3 innings, along with a 28-to-5 strikeout to walk ratio. It has been an up-and-down season for Furbush, but he appears poised to close the year strong.
Runner-Up – Trevor Feeney
West Michigan – Casey Crosby
One of the most talked about pitchers on the Tigers minor league circuit, Casey Crosby has completely turned it on as the weather has warmed. July was by far his best month as a professional, and he has truly opened some eyes throughout the scouting community. On the back of his mid-90s heater, Crosby posted a 1.33 ERA in six starts, spanning 27 innings. He allowed a mere 16 hits and eight walks, while fanning 33. Hitters posted a meager .170 batting average against Crosby in July. Crosby has been positively unhittable since the All-Star break, posting a 0.95 ERA in eight starts.
Runner-Up – Brayan Villarreal
Oneonta – Adam Wilk
Though it didn't seem possible on the surface, rookie Adam Wilk managed to out-shine the performance turned in by fellow lefty Casey Crosby at West Michigan. Over 30.3 innings for the O-Tigers prior to being called up to West Michigan, Wilk allowed 21 hits and five walks while striking out 24. His .198 batting average against is almost as impressive as his miniscule 0.86 WHIP. Like Chris Lambert at Toledo, Wilk truly earned his promotion!
Runner-Up – Cory Hamilton
GCL – Melvin Mercedez
The Tigers burly Venezuelan closer has begun to harness his big time stuff this season. After giving up one earned run in two outings in June, Mercedez managed to only give up one more earned run in 15 appearaches in July. Throughout those 15 appearances, Melvin picked up his first stateside victory, but more impressively, notched eleven – yes, eleven – saves; giving him the league lead in that category. Mercedez allowed only ten hits in 14 innings, as he walked six and struck out 13. In addition to all of that, Melvin managed a ridiculous 12.50 GB:FB ratio last month!
Runner-Up – Giovanni Soto
DSL – Vladimir Ortiz
As the DSL season begins to wind down, players start to make their case to come stateside for the following summer, and Vladimir Ortiz did just that. Working as the DSL Tigers primary closer, Ortiz picked up five saves and a win in eleven relief appearances. His 13 2/3 innings of work were about as dominating as any I have ever seen, as he permitted only four free passes, and two hits! Ortiz finished the month with a microscopic 0.66 ERA and even tinier .047 batting average against.
Runner-Up – Darlin Duran
VSL – Gino Aguirre
Another pitcher making his case to come stateside, Aguirre made two starts for the VSL Tigers in July, and picked up two wins against zero losses to even his season record at 3-3. In his other two appearances of the month, Aguirre managed to pick up the save; the first two of his professional career. Gino finished with a 1.23 ERA in 14 2/3 innings, allowing 13 hits and zero walks, against 15 strikeouts.
Runner-Up – Yonny Mosquerra