TigsTown's April Players of the Month

The first month of the season is in the books, and it's time for TigsTown to start dishing out the hardware. Find out who excelled through the first month and took home the awards for April Player of the Month.

Toledo – Will Rhymes (2B)

A year removed from impressing Tigers manager Jim Leyland during spring training, Rhymes may finally be back on track and doing what he does best. His performance suffered last year as he struggled to maintain a consistent approach at the plate, but that is all in the past now. Through the season's first month, Rhymes posted a robust .345 batting average while walking more than he struck out, and even swiping three bases in four attempts. Rhymes' size doesn't lend to tons of extra-base hits, but he has already managed four doubles and a triple in just 20 games.

Runner-Up: Danny Worth (INF)

Erie – Andy Dirks (OF)

Dirks returned to Erie to start the 2010 season, and after solid showing at Double-A last year, he has stepped up his production so far. In 20 April games for the ‘Wolves, Dirks posted just a .250 batting average, but he smacked three home runs and three doubles, walked ten times, and stole three bags. As the Erie offense has started to kick it into gear after a rough start to the season, Dirks has surprisingly provided some of the punch in the lineup.

Runner-Up: Wilkin Ramirez (OF)

Lakeland – Rawley Bishop (1B)

Bishop was promoted aggressively by the Tigers this spring, jumping from short-season Oneonta to High-A Lakeland. That aggression has been rewarded, as Bishop posted a .318 average in 19 games last month, after hitting .282 in his pro debut in the NYPL last summer. Bishop is working counts and drawing walks, posting a .430 on-base percentage. As if that weren't enough, Bishop is also slugging well, posting a .530 slugging average early on, with five doubles and three home runs. Not known for his quickness, Rawley has even thieved two bags without being caught so far.

Runner-Up: Alden Carrithers (2B)

West Michigan – Jamie Johnson (OF)

The numbers from the 2009 season may be a bit deceiving for Johnson, as he was punished by a tough home park and difficult offensive environment across the New York-Penn League. Still playing in a tough offensive league, Johnson has started his first full season on fire. Playing in 21 games during the first month, Johnson has been the spark plug at the top of the lineup for the ‘Caps, posting a .316 batting average and .426 on-base percentage on the heels of 13 walks against just eleven strikeouts.

Runner-Up: Jordan Lennerton (1B)


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