Erik Lis was one of only two full-time players who did much with the stick during the month of June. The Florida State League is notorious for being a pitcher's league, and it showed in June. Lis batted only .256, but he did score 13 times in 25 games, stroking 22 hits. He also hit three home runs. Juan Portes led the team with a .277 batting average, appearing in 26 games for the Miracle. The young infielder/outfielder had 14 extra-base hits, scored 14 times, and drove in 19. The lineup will receive a boost from the Beloit Snappers, as they got two of the Midwest League's best hitters in Brian Dinkelman and Danny Valencia. Those two infielders will definitely help this horrid offense.
The entire pitching staff were out of their minds in June, but some guys performed better than others. Closer Eduardo Morlan had a great 1.80 earned run average in his nine appearances, nailing down two saves. In 15 innings of work, he struck out 22, and won two games. Angel Garcia appeared in seven games picking up two saves. He also had a 1.13 earned run average, saved two, and held the opposition to a .185 batting average. Armando Gabino was used often, and pitched wonderfully. In 11 games, Gabino went 2-0, posting a 1.84 earned run average. Starter Yohan Pino had the most memorable moment in a long time for the Miracle, tossing a seven-inning no-hitter. For the month, Pino mad six starts, holding opponents to a .203 batting average in 35 innings of work. He also struck out 30.
Close your eyes and point to anyone on the starting lineup pretty much. These hitters are too good to be hitting the way they are, and they should be able to turn their seasons around. Infielder Luis Ugueto hit only .213 in 25 games, striking out nearly once per game. Whitney Robbins, who burst onto the scene last season for Beloit, batted only .128 in 15 games before being demoted. He is now on the 7-Day Disabled List. Caleb Moore, one of the top hitting catchers in the Twins organization, mustered only a .123 batting average in his 17 games. In total, he scored only four times, striking out 11 times.
The pitching staff was great, as only three guys had an earned run average over 4.00. All three of these guys are big-time prospects within the organization and did not have bad months. Top prospect Jay Rainville made five starts, and had a 4.55 earned run average. He won two games, lost two, and tossed 27.2 frames. Zachary Ward lost four of his five starts, but had a respectable 4.78 earned run average. In 26.1 innings, he struck out a very good 25 batters. Alexander Smit did not have his strikeout pitch working this month, which is very rare. He whiffed only eight in 16 frames, and had a 4.11 earned run average in eight games.