Toledo – Alfredo Figaro (RHP)
Figaro has had an up and down season in Toledo this year, but by and large, he's been a pretty solid and is likely deserving of another chance in the big leagues. In July, Figaro put together a very nice six start string, finishing with a 3-1 record and 33 1/3 innings of work. The key for Alfredo was allowing less than a hit per inning, while striking out 32. Over his six starts, Figaro limited International League hitters to just a .234 average against.
Runner-Up – LJ Gagnier (RHP)
Erie – Brooks Brown (RHP)
Once upon a time, Brown was a highly touted second round draft pick, and while he has struggled at times to live up to that billing, his performance in July gives a glimmer of hope that he may still get a chance in the big leagues. Brown was 4-2 for Erie in six starts, including a complete game shutout. He amassed 39 2/3 innings, working deep into several games, while walking just ten and striking out 26 hitters. Brown's good month of July helped push his season numbers to a 10-7 record and 3.85 ERA.
Runner-Up – Thad Weber (RHP)
Lakeland – Adam Wilk (LHP)
Scouts often question the legitimacy of Wilk's raw stuff, but it hard to argue with his competitiveness or command and control; two traits he has used to succeed all season in the Florida State League, including another stellar string of starts last month. Wilk went undefeated in July with a 3-0 record in five starts, while allowing just 24 hits in 29 innings. Possibly most impressive was his impeccable control, walking only five batters, and striking out a solid 22. Regardless of his future projection, nobody can argue with Wilk's performance with Lakeland this season.
Runner-Up – Luke Putkonen (RHP)
West Michigan – Kenny Faulk (LHP)
A left-handed reliever out of Kennesaw State, Faulk has been a stalwart out of the West Michigan bullpen all season long, appearing in 41 games and collecting six saves along the way. In ten appearances last month, Faulk saved two games and posted a 1.74 ERA. In his 10 1/3 innings, Faulk walked an unnerving nine hitters, but fanned 14 Midwest League batters, and held opponents to a .205 average.
Runner-Up – Jordan Pratt (RHP)
Oneonta – Drew Gagnier (RHP)
Drew and his older brother LJ may be at opposite ends of the minor league ladder, but Drew did his best to upstage his elder sibling with an outstanding first full month in pro ball. In 17 1/3 innings over seven appearances, the hard throwing right-hander posted a sparkling 2.08 ERA, and he kept the ball in the yard all month, without a home run allowed. Gagnier may have walked ten last month, but he also whiffed 18 demonstrating an excellent ability to miss bats.
Runner-Up – Logan Hoch (LHP)
GCL – Steve Crnkovich (RHP)
A right-handed non-drafted free agent out of Tennessee, this former Volunteer has been absolutely spectacular since turning pro. In six outings (five starts) last month, Crnkovich picked up the win four times, against just two defeats, all while posting a miniscule 1.14 ERA. In 31 2/3 innings of work, Crnkovich allowed just 17 hits and five walks, while striking out 36. To add to his impressive month, Crnkovich posted a groundball to fly ball ratio of 1.29 and held opposing hitters to a .156 batting average.
Runner-Up – Bruce Rondon (RHP)
DSL – Bill Castillo (LHP)
Signed after the DSL season began, Castillo has helped provide quality innings for the Tigers, and in fact, he has provided some stellar innings working mostly in relief. Castillo may not have recorded a decision last month, but he did post a 1.96 ERA. In 18 1/3 innings, the 20-year old Castillo allowed just ten hits and three walks, while striking out 16, including a 12 strikeout performance that was as dominating as any turned in by a Tigers DSL pitcher in recent memory.
Runner-Up – Luis Hidalgo (RHP)
VSL – Angel Nesbitt (RHP)
Nesbitt, a 19-year old righty, turned his best month as a professional in July, notching an incredible 0.68 ERA while seeing action in six games as a reliever. Working an average of over two innings per outing, Nesbitt allowed just eleven hits and five walks in 13 1/3 innings, while striking out ten. Nesbitt also continued to keep the ball in the park, going another month without allowing a home run, after allowing six in 16 2/3 innings last season.
Runner-Up – Leonel Vasquez (RHP)