Astros announce Minor League Players of the Month
The Astros’ player development department has named the July Minor League Pitchers and Players of the Month at each of the team’s Minor League affiliates. These awards are chosen every month by the field staff of each team.
At Triple A Oklahoma City, LHP Kevin Chapman was named Pitcher of the Month after going 1-0 with six saves, 20 strikeouts, four walks and a 2.53 ERA in 12 games in July. In his 40 games at Triple-A this season, the left-hander has recorded 62 strikeouts and a 1.31 ERA, while posting the best strikeouts per nine innings ratio (13.50) in the entire Pacific Coast League (min. 40 innings). Oklahoma City’s July Player of the Month award went to C Carlos Perez, who hit .338 with three doubles, one homer and a .420 on-base percentage in 21 July games. The 23-year-old backstop has thrown out 32.2 percent of all baserunners attempting to steal this season, which ranks seventh in the PCL.
RHP Tyson Perez went 1-0 with five saves, seven strikeouts and just two walks in his 10 2/3 innings in July en route to Corpus Christi Pitcher of the Month honors. Selected by the Astros in the 17th round of the 2011 draft, Perez has gone 3-0 with a 2.54 ERA and eight saves with the Hooks this season. IF Telvin Nash received Corpus Christi’s Player of the Month award after batting .328 with 10 homers, 20 RBIs and a 1.247 OPS in 20 July games. The 2009 third-round pick led all Double-A players in OPS and slugging in July, while ranking tied for first in homers. His 18 homers this season are the most in the Texas League.
Earning his second Lancaster Pitcher of the Month Award was LHP Josh Hader, who went 2-1 with a 2.78 ERA and 29 strikeouts in five games in July. The 20-year-old southpaw is 9-2 and leads the California League in ERA (2.70) and WHIP (1.10) while ranking third in strikeouts (112). IF Rio Ruiz was named Lancaster’s July Player of the Month after hitting .333 with 12 doubles, one triple, four homers, 21 RBI and a 1.005 OPS in 26 games. Ranked by ESPN.com as the No. 47 prospect in baseball two weeks ago, Ruiz has hit .303 with 30 doubles, 11 homers, 71 RBI and a .394 on-base percentage in 108 games with Lancaster this season.
LHP Albert Minnis was named the Class A Quad Cities July Pitcher of the Month, as he went 1-0 with a 1.72 ERA and 15 strikeouts in six outings during the month. IF Chase McDonald received River Bandits Player of the Month honors after hitting .362 with nine doubles, six homers, 19 RBI and a 1.083 OPS in 26 July games.
At Class A Short Season Tri-City, RHP Troy Scribner was named the July Pitcher of the Month after posting a 5-0 record with a 0.79 ERA and 40 strikeouts in six July starts. Recently promoted to Quad Cities, Scribner has gone 9-1 with a 1.53 ERA and 67 strikeouts in 13 total outings between Tri-City (10 games) and Corpus Christi (three games). After getting selected by the Astros in the 14th round of this year’s Draft, IF Nick Tanielu earned Tri-City’s July Player of the Month honors. The 21-year-old hit .344 with seven doubles, one triple, two homers, 29 RBIs and a .380 on-base percentage in his 23 games in July.
At rookie-level Greeneville, RHP Angel Heredia allowed just one earned run in 18 innings in July (0.50 ERA) while striking out 22 batters en route to Pitcher of the Month honors. A product of the Astros Dominican Academy, Heredia has put up a 1.75 ERA this season with the Astros and as not allowed a run in his last 13 1/3 innings pitched. OF Jason Martin was named the club’s Player of the Month for July after hitting .293 with seven doubles, four triples, nine RBIs and a .403 on-base percentage during the month. Martin, who was selected by the Astros in the eighth round of the 2013 draft, posted a 16-game hitting streak from July 3-21.
RHP Elieser Hernandez and OF Alexander Melendez received the GCL Pitcher and Player of the Month awards for July. The 19-year-old Hernandez went 3-1 with a 3.71 ERA and 26 strikeouts during the month, while Melendez hit .385 with a .903 OPS in 23 July games.
In the Dominican Summer League, the Astros named a pitcher and player of the month for each of their two clubs. For the DSL Astros Blue club, LHP Salvador Montano (2-1, 2.35 ERA, 28 K’s, 23 innings) received Pitcher of the Month honors while OF Rodrigo Ayarza (.287, eight doubles, one homer, 17 RBIs, .385 OBP) picked up Player of the Month honors.
For the DSL Astros Orange club, RHP Juan Hernandez (1-1, 2.89 ERA, 13 K’s, 18 2/3 innings) was named Pitcher of the Month and IF Frankeny Fernandez (.322, seven doubles, three triples, one homer, 18 RBIs, 15 steals, .430 OBP) was named Player of the Month. Both players were recently promoted to the Gulf Coast League Astros after their strong seasons in the DSL.