TCD April Awards

Here are the April Awards from TwinCitiesDugout.com. In this article, we showcase a Batter and Pitcher of the Month for each of the Twins affiliates, and also name some Honorable Mention players. Take a look at who took home honors in April.

Rochester Red Wings (7-10, .244 BA, 4.80 ERA)

Batter of the Month: Dustin Martin
Martin had a very good first month of the season, as he was one of only a handful of Rochester Red Wings who performed well at the dish all month long. The outfielder batted .281 in 17 games, and was a threat in many aspects of the game. He tied for the team lead in stolen bases, drove in seven runs, and scored a team-high 14 times. It was a great start to his AAA season.
Honorable Mention: David Winfree (.286, 8 RBI), Jason Pridie (19 H, 8 R), Luke Hughes (3 HR, 14 RBI)

Pitcher of the Month: Anthony Swarzak
No surprise here, as Swarzak was downright dominant in the month of April. The young right-hander stated his case as staff ace by posting a 1.59 earned run average in his three starts. Though he lost all three starts, Swarzak struck out 11 batters in 17.0 innings of work, and held the opposition to a .217 batting average.
Honorable Mention: Kevin Mulvey (4 GS, 20 K), Sean Henn (0.79 ERA, 17 K)

New Britain Rock Cats (8-11, .246 BA, 3.98 ERA)

Batter of the Month: Erik Lis
Lis has long been one of the top hitters in the Twins organization, and he got off on the right foot in 2009. The sweet-swinging left-handed stick batted .333 in 13 games, scoring seven times. He was the only regular to bat over .300, as only Toby Gardenhire (8 games), hit over .300 as well.
Honorable Mention: Brian Dinkelman (.293 BA, 10 RBI), Matthew Moses (.277 BA, 9 RBI), Juan Portes (.278 BA, 5 2b)

Pitcher of the Month: Anthony Slama
Slama is now arguably the best relief pitcher in the organization, and he put his stamp on his spot in the Cats' bullpen in April. Allowing an earned run in only one appearance, Slama posted a 0.84 earned run average in nine outings, and won two games. He also saved two games, struck out nearly two batters per inning, and held the opposition to a .211 batting average. He may be ready for Rochester already.
Honorable Mention: Robert Delaney (2.35 ERA, 20 K), Cole Devries (4 GS, 3.54 ERA), Jay Rainville (4GS, 3.00 ERA), Zach Ward (2.25 ERA, .191 BAA)

Fort Myers Miracle (12-8, .265 BA, 2.61 ERA)

Batter of the Month: Rene Leveret
The organizations' leader in batting average to date, Leveret has taken a liking to the Florida State League in the early going. A notoriously pitcher-friendly league, the FSL really separates mid-range prospects from great prospects, and Leveret is passing the bar early on. He batted .333 in 17 games, and drove in ten runs. He hit one home run, smacked four doubles, and scored seven times.
Honorable Mention: Chris Cates (.333 BA, 7 R), Ben Revere (.296 BA, 11 SB), Joe Benson (.284 BA, 9 R)

Pitcher of the Month: Carlos Gutierrez
No question here, as Gutierrez was the best starting pitcher in the organization in the month of April. Untouchable in the first month of the season, Gutierrez posted an 0.78 earned run average, though he did not win a game. The young right-hander struck out 13 batters, appeared in five games (four starts), and held the opposition to a .135 batting average. New Britain could come calling very soon.
Honorable Mention: David Bromberg (4GS, 2.70 ERA), Alex Burnett (14 K, 2 SV), Spencer Steedley (1.54 ERA, 10 K), Kyle Waldrop (1.35 ERA, 2 BB)

Beloit Snappers (7-12, .256 BA, 5.82 ERA)

Batter of the Month: Ramon Santana
Santana was, by far, the most consistent batters on the Snappers team, as he batted well above the team's .256 batting average. The slick-fielding shortstop batted close to .400 in the first month of the season, and led the team with 22 hits. He also showed some power, blasting three home runs, and tied for the team lead in runs batted in. He also tied for the team lead in runs, and had nearly a .500 on-base percentage.
Honorable Mention: Ozzie Lewis (.333 BA, 4 2b), Evan Bigley (.283 BA, 10 R), Alexander Soto (.333 BA, 9 RBI)

Pitcher of the Month: Bobby Lanigan
On a team with a 5.82 earned run average, Lanigan was a bright spot on the bump for the Snappers. The right-hander started four games for the Snappers, and posted a very respectable 3.68 earned run average. Winning two of his starts, Lanigan struck out nearly a batter per inning, and showed incredible control of all his pitches.
Honorable Mention: Bradley Tippett (3 GS, 4.05 ERA), Joe Testa (7 G, 2.70 ERA, 20 K in 13.1 IP)


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