Is there any hotter hitter in the Twins organization right now? Brian Buscher has become a household name to people within the Twins farm system, and has leapfrogged Matthew Moses as the Twins next third baseman. In 20 games with the Rock Cats in June, Buscher batted .365, en-route to a promotion to Rochester. He also smacked four home runs and drove in 13. Shortstop Trevor Plouffe was also a monster at the plate, batting .325 in June. He has shaken off two sub-par years, and as one of the younger players in the Eastern League, could be the premier shortstop in the league. Rashad Eldridge is having a fine campaign in his first year with the Twins, and hit .354 in 24 June games. Luke Hughes, who was the only Rock Cats selected to the Eastern League All-Star Game, batted .333 in June, and was named Twins Minor League Player of the Week. Brock Peterson hit five home runs in June.
Not much to relay as far as pitcher's go, as the entire staff struggled in June. Two guys had decent months, as reliever Jay Sawatski led the team with a 4.08 earned run average in eight games, making two starts. Fellow reliever Jose Mijares, who was demoted from Rochester during the month, held batters to a .179 average.
What a difference a month makes. Matt Allegra was the May player of the Month for TwinCitiesDugout, but he hit only .191 in 20 games for the Rock Cats in June. In total, Allegra hit three home runs, and drove in 11. Catcher Matt Geiger also struggled at the dish, batting only .213 in 24 games. Overall, he was able to muster only four extra-base hits. Top prospect David Winfree did not have a great June either, batting well below his career average. He hit only .214 in 29 games, striking out nearly once a game. With the arrival of Matt Moses from Rochester, Winfree will be showcased with the one player who he is always compared to within the organization. Should make for some fireworks in Connecticut.
Basically the entire staff struggled in June, but two guys when above and beyond the rest. Tristan Crawford, who showed signs of brilliance in May, had a 7.65 earned run average in his four June starts. To make matters worse, he was hit every time out, as batters hit an amazing .326 against him. Jonathan Martinez, who is one of the premier relievers in the Twins organization, also struggled, posting a 5.06 earned run average in nine games. He notched only one save.