Astros announce Minor League Players of the Week
The Astros player development department has named June’s Minor League Pitchers and Players of the Month at five of their minor league affiliates. These awards are chosen every month by the field staff of each team.
At Triple A Oklahoma City, RHP Jason Stoffel was named the Pitcher of the Month for June after posting a 1-0 record with a 1.72 ERA (3ER/15.2IP) and 13 strikeouts in 10 relief appearances. Earlier this week, Stoffel was named a Triple A All-Star. IF Jonathan Villar was named the club’s June Player of the Month after he hit .309 (34×110) with 15 runs, five doubles, two triples, four homers and 12 stolen bases in 30 games. The 22-year-old currently leads the Pacific Coast League with 28 steals.
Double A Corpus Christi’s Pitcher of the Month award went to RHP David Martinez, who went 2-2 with a 2.35 ERA (8ER/30.2IP) and 24 strikeouts during seven games in June. The Texas League All-Star walked just two batters all month and currently leads the Texas League in wins (10), ERA (2.02) and WHIP (0.90). IF Jonathan Meyer hit .280 (28×100) with eight doubles, five homers and 20 RBI in 26 games in June before being named the Hooks Player of the Month.
At Class A Advanced Lancaster, LHP Luis Cruz and C M.P. Cokinos were named the club’s Pitcher and Player of the month, respectively. Cruz, who also received JetHawks April Pitcher of the Month honors, went 3-1 with a 1.97 ERA (7ER/32IP) and 40 strikeouts during June. Cokinos was recently named the California League Player of the Week (June 17-24) and posted a .392 batting average (31×79) with 10 doubles, three homers, 25 RBI and a 1.133 OPS (.500 OBP/.633 SLG) in 23 games in June. He currently leads the California League in batting (.342).
LHP Colton Cain was named the June Pitcher of the Month for Class A Quad Cities after going 1-0 with a 2.31 ERA (6ER/23.1IP) and 16 strikeouts in six outings during the month. IF Carlos Correa won his second consecutive Player of the Month award at Quad Cities after posting a .370 (37×100) average with 19 runs, six doubles, one triple, two homers and a .413 on-base percentage in 25 games in June. The Midwest League All-Star currently ranks third in the circuit in batting average (.323) and was recently named to the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game.
RHP Elieser Hernandez and OF Hector Roa were the Pitcher and Player of the Month recipients for the Rookie Level Dominican Summer League Astros. Hernandez allowed just two earned runs in 26.0 innings (0.69 ERA), striking out 23 batters across five starts in June. Roa hit .279 (24×86) with five doubles, two triples and three homers over 20 June games.
The Astros; Minor League affiliates have combined to post the highest winning percentage (230-164, .584) among all 30 MLB organizations. Each of the Astros eight affiliates are over .500 on the season.