Astros announce Minor League Players of the Month for May
Here are the Astros’ Minor League Players of the Month for May, as voted upon by the field staff of each club:
Triple A Oklahoma City
LHP Andy Van Hekken, Pitcher of the Month: 0-1, 0.98 ERA, 1 save, 22 strikeouts, 5 walks in 11 games (1 start) in May
C Robinson Cancel, Offensive Player of the Month: .375 (27-for-72), 4 doubles, 2 HRs, 8 RBIs in 21 games in May
OF Brandon Barnes, Defensive Player of the Month: 33 games at CF, .988 fielding percentage this season
Notes: Andy Van Hekken finished May by making his first start of the season on May 30. … Holds a 2.31 ERA in 16 games as a reliever this year and ranks fourth on the team in appearances. … Robinson Cancel ranks among the team leaders in on-base percentage (secnd), batting average (third) and hits (tied for fifth). … Posted a 17-game hitting streak prior to having his contract purchased by Houston on May 28. … Brandon Barnes, a sixth round pick of the 2005 draft, has played 33 of the RedHawks’ 53 games in center field. … Barnes has committed just one error with three assists.
Double A Corpus Christi
LHP Xavier Cedeño, Pitcher of the Month: 2-1, 2.94 ERA, 30 strikeouts, .211 opponents avg. in five starts in May
IF Jimmy Van Ostrand, Offensive Player of the Month: .310 (31-for-100), 11 runs, 8 doubles, 12 RBIs, 14 walks, .393 OBP in May
IF Brandon Wikoff, Defensive Player of the Month: 27 games in the infield, .981 field percentage, nine double plays turned this season
Notes: Xavier Cedeño leads the Texas League in innings pitched (62 2/3) this season and is tied for ninth with four wins. … He has thrown six or more innings in six of his last seven starts. … Jimmy Van Ostrand ranks among Hooks leaders in home runs (tied for second), hits (second), RBIs (third) and runs scored (fourth). … Brandon Wikoff has appeared in 27 games in the infield this season, committing only two errors in 104 total chances. … Wikoff has played 10 games at second base, 10 games at shortstop and seven games at third base this season.
Class A Lancaster
RHP Jose Cisnero, Pitcher of the Month: 2-2, 3.90 ERA, 34 strikeouts, .209 (24-for-115) opponents avg. in six starts in May
IF Jose Altuve, Offensive Player of the Month: .388 (47-for-121), 19 runs, 7 doubles, 3 triples, 22 RBIs, 15 steals, .424 OBP in 29 games in May
OF Grant Hogue, Defensive Player of the Month: 27 games at RF, .938 fielding percentage this season
Notes: Jose Cisnero is 3-4 with a 5.44 ERA this season. … Ranks third in the California League with 63 strikeouts. … Jose Altuve leads all Astros’ Minor Leaguers in hitting and ranks among California League leaders in hits (first), triples (first), batting average (first), total bases (second) and on-base percentage (fifth). … May marks his second consecutive Offensive Player of the Month honor. … Altuve was promoted to Double-A Corpus Christi on May 31. … Grant Hogue has started 30 of the club’s 53 games in the outfield, including 26 in right field, and has committed five errors.
Class A Lexington
RHP Jason Chowning, Pitcher of the Month: 0-1, 2.00 ERA, 27 strikeouts, .227 (15-for-66) opponents avg. in eight relief apps. in May.
OF Adam Bailey, Offensive Player of the Month: .306 (34-for-111), 18 runs, 8 doubles, 5 HRs, 18 RBIs, .366 OBP, .532 SLG in 28 games in May.
IF Delino DeShields, Defensive Player of the Month: 36 games at second base, .947 fielding percentage, 24 double plays turned this season.
IF Mike Kvasnicka, Defensive Player of the Month: 43 games at 3B, .894 fielding percentage.
Notes: Jason Chowning allowed four earned runs on 15 hits in 18 innings with 27 strikeouts in May. … He tossed two or more relief innings in six of those eight appearances. … Adam Bailey hit five home runs, eight doubles and drove in 18 RBI in 28 games in May. … Delino DeShields, the eighth overall selection in the 2010 draft, has started 36 games at second base this season, while committing eight errors and turning 24 double plays. … Mike Kvasnicka, the 33rd overall selection in the 2010 draft, has a .894 fielding percentage in 43 games at third base for the Legends.