July Review: Beloit Snappers

The Beloit Snappers sputtered through another bad month in July, as the team won only ten of their 28 games. Though some prospects had great months, they never really hit their stride as a team, and never went on any kind of winning streak. With the month in the rear view, the Snappers will look to make some noise in the Midwest League Western Division.

Top prospect Angel Morales was a beast in the month of July, as he batted .361 in 21 games. He finished fourth on the team with 11 runs batted in, smacked six doubles, and picked up 22 hits. It was arguably the best month of his young career. Former top infield prospect Drew Thompson looks healthy again, and he is raking. He batted .333 in 22 July games, finishing third on the team in hits. He also looked very good at his second base position, where he started 17 games.

Ramon Santana was an RBI machine this past month, leading the team with 20 runs batted in. The infielder nearly hit .300 as well, and was one hit away from 30 for the month. He tied Aaron Hicks for the team lead in doubles, and walked ten times. James Beresford also had a great month, batting .305, while playing both middle infield positions. He led the team in hits, picking up 32, and also tied Hicks for first in runs.

The bullpen performed well in July for the Snappers, as five prospects had earned run averages under 4.00. Steven Blevins had an ERA under 2.00 in his ten appearances, holding the opposition to a .217 batting average. Bruce Pugh appeared in nine games, starting one, and he struck out well over a batter per inning. Matthew Williams had an earned run average of 3.14, walking only one in 14.1 innings of work, while saving three.

Billy Bullock and Michael Allen also had good months, with Bullock picking up a save, and Allen notching 14 innings. Brad Tippett led the rotation, making five starts, while posting a 1.57 earned run average. He won three games, struck out 20, and batters hit only .208 against him. Liam Hendriks also pitched well, making four starts, while striking out nearly a batter per inning.

Batter of the Month: Angel Morales
Pitcher of the Month: Brad Tippett

Snappers Notes: The Snappers took a big hit losing shortstop prospect Tyler Ladendorf in the Orlando Cabrera, and the jury will be out for a while in seeing how that effects the organization in the long-term. Bobby Lanigan had his best start of the year on Wednesday, August 5, as he took a no-hitter into the sixth inning. The team also activated Adam Severino from the disabled list, as he became the 25th man on the roster. The team had been playing with 24 since Ladendorf's departure.

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