TigsTown's July Players of the Month

It's that time of the month again! Which players excelled in July? Find out inside as TigsTown hands out its July Players of the Month awards!

Toledo – Scott Sizemore (2B)

It is an odd phenomenon when a player seemingly can't hit at the big league level, but rakes when he goes back down to Triple-A. Sizemore has been battling recovery from his off-season ankle injury, while also dealing with a hip injury, but he still hits when he gets to Toledo. Though he only saw action in eleven games with Toledo, Sizemore ripped the ball to the tune of a .319/.373/.574 line. He propped that line up with three doubles and three home runs, while driving in nine and walking four times.

Runner-Up – Justin Henry (2B)

Erie – Deik Scram (OF)

It has taken nearly all season, but Deik Scram finally broke through offensively with a monster month of July. After two straight months hitting below the Mendoza line, Scram pounded Eastern League pitching to the tune of a massive .329/.449/.562 line. He smoked eleven doubles on the month, and also popped two home runs, while driving in 13 and walking an impressive 14 times. Scram capped off his month with five stolen bases in seven attempts.

Runner-Up – Jeff Kunkel (C)

Lakeland – Bryan Holaday (C)

From the moment he signed after TCU was eliminated from the College World Series, Bryan Holaday has been raking in the Advanced-A Florida State League. In 18 games with the Flying Tigers, Holaday walked eleven times against just 15 strikeouts, and though he only drove in six runs, he did manage five doubles and two home runs, to give him an impressive .365/.494/.540 line for his first professional month.

Runner-Up – John Murrian (C)

West Michigan – Tony Plagman (1B)

Though Wade Gaynor and Avisail Garcia turned in spectacular months in July, they weren't able to match the outstanding production of one of the Tigers recent draft picks. Plagman has been splitting his time on the field between first base and designated hitter, and he's been doing just that; hitting. In 25 games, Tony picked up 32 hits to give him a .330 average, and he also walked nearly as much as he whiffed (10 walks:13 strikeouts). Plagman wasn't just poking singles during his run, as he crushed ten doubles, one triple, and three home runs while driving in 15.

Runner-Up – Wade Gaynor (3B)

Connecticut – James Robbins (1B)

An over slot signee from the 2009 draft, Robbins had a great debut in the GCL last year, and after a modest first month with Connecticut this year, he broke out with a big time performance in July. Robbins posted a .315/.370/.511 line with his first two home runs of the season, along with eight doubles and two triples. Robbins came up big in clutch situations with 18 RBI in 26 games.

Runner-Up – PJ Polk

GCL – Pete Miller (UT)

Miller has been finding time wherever he can in the GCL this summer, and in his 19 games in July, he managed a .308 average, that included 16 hits. Miller also demonstrated an ability to work the count with twelve walks and 17 strikeouts, giving him a powerful .455 on-base percentage. Miller's .308/.455/.365 line gives him a very solid .820 OPS for his first full professional month.

Runner-Up – Edwin Gomez (OF)

DSL – Sandy Acevedo (OF)

Acevedo finally got things on track a bit in July, managing a solid .737 OPS on the back of three doubles and two triples as part of his 14 hits. He made his hits count in 18 games, driving in ten teammates to help the DSL Tigers offense. Acevedo finished the month with a .269/.333/.404 line that gives a glimpse of the potential the Tigers saw in him last off-season.

Runner-Up – Alwin Delgado (SS)

VSL – Eugenio Suarez (UT)

The VSL offense has been able to rely on a strong season out of Suarez, and he hasn't done it much better than he did in July. Garnering 100 at-bats as one of the team's most consistent offensive performers, Suarez hit an even .300 with 13 walks (.391 OBP) in 25 games. Suarez also managed to steal four bases last month, and ripped his first home run of the season, and just the second of his two-year professional career.

Runner-Up – Jesus Ustariz (3B)

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