Astros announce Minor League Players of Month
The Astros player development department has named the following Players of the Month for August:
Triple A-Round Rock: Left-hander Polin Trinidad posted a 3-3 record and a 5.08 ERA in six games, including five starts, in August to earn Round Rock Pitcher of the Month honors. This marks his second monthly award this season and first at the Triple A level.
Infielder Chris Johnson was named Offensive Player of the Month after hitting .333 with seven home runs and 20 RBIs. He slugged .620 during the month, while posting a .376 on-base percentage.
Infielder Jason Smith received his second consecutive Defensive Player of the Month award after recording a .994 fielding percentage in 71 games on the infield this season.
Double AA-Corpus Christi: Before being recalled by Houston on Aug. 28, right-hander Wilton Lopez posted a 1.23 ERA and a 2-2 record in August. During the month, he struck out 22 hitters and walked only four en route to being named the Pitcher of the Month for the Hooks.
Outfielder Andrew Locke was named Offensive Player of the Month for the fourth time this season and for the second consecutive month, after hitting .391 with 19 runs scored, eight doubles, four homers and 14 RBIs. Locke had his season cut short because of injury, but finished his 2009 campaign with a .338 average (170×503), 20 home runs and 109 RBI.
Outfielder Nick Moresi‘s .972 fielding percentage while playing 51 games in the outfield this season earned him the Defensive Player of the Month title for Corpus Christi.
Class A Advanced Lancaster: JetHawks Pitcher of the Month, left-hander Shane Wolf, owned a 2-1 record and a 4.05 ERA and tossed one complete game in five starts in August. Catcher Koby Clemens had 18 extra-base hits, including nine doubles and seven home runs, while driving in 31 RBIs in 27 games en route to receiving the Offensive Player of the Month award. Through 112 games with Lancaster this season, Clemens had a California League-leading 118 RBIs.
The Defensive Player of the Month was outfielder Brandon Barnes, who has posted a .977 fielding percentage in 58 games in the outfield this season.
Class A Lexington: Right-hander Brian Wabick won his second Pitcher of the Month award this season after finishing August with a 2-1 record and a 1.50 ERA in 10 relief appearances for Lexington. He also won the award in June.
Outfielder Brian Pelligrini was named Offensive Player of the Month for the third time this season after hitting .262 with six doubles, six home runs and 17 RBIs in 30 games with the Legends. Infielder Brandon Wikoff received Defensive Player of the Month honors after recording a .974 fielding percentage in 34 games at shortstop this season.
Short-Season A Tri-City: Right-hander Robert Donovan was named Pitcher of the Month for Tri-City after going 1-1 with a 1.15 ERA in six games, including three starts. IF Barry Butera hit .358, had a .408 on-base percentage and hit eight doubles to earn the club’s Offensive Player of the Month honor. The Defensive Player of the Month went to infielder Nicholas Stanley after he compiled a .992 fielding percentage through 57 games at first base this season.
Rookie Level Greeneville: Right-hander Jose Cisnero went 1-1 record with a 3.18 ERA, while striking out 37 hitters in six starts to earn his second consecutive Pitcher of the Month honors for Greeneville. Offensive Player of the Month honors were earned by infielder Aaron Bray, who hit .300 with a .398 on-base percentage and nine RBIs in 23 games. Outfielder Grant Hogue was named the Defensive Player of the Month for the second time this season after collecting a .961 fielding percentage in 53 games in Greeneville’s outfield.
Rookie Level Gulf Coast League: Right-hander John Frawley earned Pitcher of the Month for the Astros Gulf Coast League affiliate after posting a 2-0 record with one save and a 0.90 ERA in seven relief appearances. Infielder Kody Hinze was named the Offensive Player of the Month because of his .478 on-base percentage in 17 games in August. Defensive Player of the Month went to IF Brandon Wilkerson, who played in 40 games on the Astros’ infield.
Rookie Level Dominican Summer League: Right-hander Jose Perdomo posted a 1.93 ERA in three starts to earn Pitcher of the Month honors for the DSL Astros. The Offensive and Defensive Player of the Month honors were awarded to IF Raymer Lopez, who hit .295 while posting a .923 fielding percentage in 34 games on the infield.