Astros announce Minor League Players of the Month
The Houston Astros player development department has named the following Players of the Month for April:
Triple A Round Rock: LHP Andy Van Hekken posted a 1-1 record, a 1.66 ERA, struck out 23 and walked only four in four starts in April to earn Round Rock Pitcher of the Month honors. OF Jason Bourgeois was named Offensive Player of the Month after hitting .328 with two home runs, nine RBIs and a league-leading 11 stolen bases. 1B Chris Shelton received the Defensive Player of the Month after recording a .990 fielding percentage through 22 games at first base this season.
Double A Corpus Christi: After posting a 0.71 ERA with one save in April, RHP Henry Villar was named Pitcher of the Month for the Hooks. Villar allowed only four hits and a .100 opponent batting average in the month. 1B Koby Clemens was named Offensive Player of the Month after hitting .263 with seven home runs and 18 RBIs. Clemens currently ranks first in the Texas League in home runs and tied for second in RBIs. SS Wladimir Sutil‘s. 971 fielding percentage while playing shortstop in April earned him the Defensive Player of the Month for Corpus Christi.
Class A Advanced Lancaster: JetHawks Pitcher of the Month LHP David Berner owned a 1.20 ERA with 16 strikeouts in seven relief appearances in April. 2B Albert Cartwright hit .333 with six doubles, three triples and a homer en route to receiving the Offensive Player of the Month award. The Defensive Player of the Month was SS Brandon Wikoff, who posted a .974 fielding percentage with 45 assists and only two errors in the month.
Class A Lexington: Pitcher of the Month RHP Tanner Bushue, the Astros second-round selection in the 2009 draft, finished the month 1-1 with 26 strikeouts and a 2.81 ERA in five starts for Lexington. OF J.D. Martinez was named Offensive Player of the Month after hitting .365 with seven doubles, two homers and 19 RBIs in 23 games. In his brief two-year career, Martinez has posted a .353 average with 75 RBIs in just 95 games. OF Jacob Goebbert received Defensive Player of the Month honors after not recording an error in 31 total chances in 22 games in the outfield.