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The Astros’ player development department has named May’s Minor League Pitchers and Players of the Month at each of their four in-season Minor League affiliates. These awards are chosen every month by the field staff of each team.
At Triple A Oklahoma City, RHP Jake Buchanan was named Pitcher of the Month after going 3-1 with a 2.08 ERA in five May starts, striking out 22 and walking just five. Buchanan, an eighth-round selection by the Astros in the 2010 Draft, started the month of May with 23 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings across three starts, including his second career complete game shutout on May 20 at New Orleans. OF Domingo Santana was named the club’s Player of the Month after hitting .297 with six doubles, six homers, 16 RBIs and an .899 OPS in 30 games during the month. The 21-year-old ranks tied for seventh in the Pacific Coast League in total bases (109) and has spent the season as the second-youngest player in the league.
LHP Tommy Shirley picked up his second consecutive Double-A Corpus Christi Pitcher of the Month award after going 3-0 with a 1.85 ERA and 18 strikeouts in five May outings. Shirley’s 1.54 ERA this season ranks second in all of Double-A while his 52 strikeouts rank third in the Texas League. The club’s May Player of the Month award went to IF Matt Duffy, who hit .365 with three doubles, four homers, 20 RBI and a .941 OPS across 25 games in May. During the month, he ranked second in the Texas League in batting average, tied for first in hits and fourth in OPS.
LHP Josh Hader earned Class A Advanced Lancaster Pitcher of the Month honors after compiling a 4-0 record with a 1.95 ERA and 33 strikeouts in five May outings. Acquired by the Astros from Baltimore last season in the Bud Norris trade, Hader has been one of the California League’s top pitchers. He currently ranks second in the league in ERA and strikeouts (69), and third in WHIP (0.99). IF Carlos Correa hit .330 with eight doubles, three homers, 31 RBIs and an .885 OPS in 27 May games en route to Lancaster Player of the Month honors. The first overall pick in the 2012 draft is hitting .320 this season, and leads all California League shortstops in fielding percentage (.977) despite being the youngest position player in the league (19 years old).
At Class A Quad Cities, hard-throwing RHP Jandel Gustave was named the River Bandits May Pitcher of the Month after going 4-0 with a 2.74 ERA and 20 strikeouts in five outings in May. Gustave, 21, is a product of the Astros Dominican Academy and has posted a 3.70 ERA with 40 strikeouts and 12 walks in his first year with a full-season club. C Brian Holberton, a ninth round selection in last year’s draft, was named the club’s Player of the Month after hitting .388 with nine doubles, three homers, 15 RBI and a 1.063 OPS in 21 games in May. Holberton hit for the cycle in a 5-for-5 performance on May 18 at Kane County, and ranks second in the Midwest League with a .344 batting average (minimum 100 plate appearances).
The Astros player development has named the following Players of the Month for May: Oklahoma City: LHP Xavier Cedeno, IF Mike Hessman, OF Brad Snyder; Corpus Christi: RHP Ross Seaton, IF Jonathan Singleton, IF Andrew Simunic; Lancaster: RHP Tyson Perez, OF George Springer, IF Jonathan Meyer; Lexington: LHP Luis Cruz, IF Matt Duffy, C Roberto Pena. These awards are chosen every month by the field staff of each team.
Triple A Oklahoma City
LHP Xavier Cedeno, Pitcher of the Month: 1-0, 0.63 ERA (1ER/14.1IP), 14 SO, .184 (9×49) opponents avg. in 11 appearances in May
IF Mike Hessman, Offensive Player of the Month: .338 (24×71), 16 R, 3 2B, 8 HR, 17 RBI, 12 BB in 23 games in May
OF Brad Snyder, Defensive Player of the Month: 36 games in the OF, 1.000 FP (0E/59TC)
Notes: Xavier Cedeno has compiled a 2-0 record to go along with a 0.42 ERA (1ER/21.1IP) and 20 strikeouts in 17 overall appearances this season at Oklahoma City…had his contract purchased by Houston on May 29 to take the roster spot of the DL’d LHP Fernando Abad…has held Triple A lefties to a .029 (1×34) batting average this year…Mike Hessman was named the PCL Player of the Week after going 9×17 (.529 average) with five homers and three doubles over five games during the week of May 14-20…Brad Snyder has not committed an error in 59 total chances and 36 games in the outfield…has played 22 games in right field this season.
Double A Corpus Christi
RHP Ross Seaton, Pitcher of the Month: 3-1, 2.70 ERA (11ER/36.2IP), 16 SO in 6 starts in May
IF Jonathan Singleton, Offensive Player of the Month: .281 (27×96), 20 R, 3 2B, 7 HR, 24 RBI, .400 OBP in 27 games in May
IF Andrew Simunic, Defensive Player of the Month: 45 games, 37 at 3B, .979 FP (3E/142TC), 96 assists this season
Notes: Ross Seaton posted a 3-1 record with a 2.70 ERA during six starts in May…had quality starts in each of his final five outings in the month…Jonathan Singleton, who was acquired by the Astros organization as part of the Hunter Pence deal, blasted seven homers to go along with 24 RBI and a .400 on-base percentage during the month of May…he was named the Texas League Player of the Week after his 12-hit (12×24), four-home run week over six games from May 21-27…the lefty has hit at a .358 (44×123) clip with nine home runs against right-handed pitching this year…Andrew Simunic has put up a .979 fielding percentage in 45 games this season…in 37 games at 3B has committed just three errors.
Class A Advanced Lancaster
RHP Tyson Perez, Pitcher of the Month: 3-1, 3.90 ERA (14ER/32.1IP), 20 SO, 5 BB, 1CG in 5 starts in May
OF George Springer, Offensive Player of the Month: .324 (36×111), 26 R, 3 2B, 3 3B, 8 HR, 21 RBI, 7 SB, .382 OBP in 26 games in May
IF Jonathan Meyer, Defensive Player of the Month: 50 games at 3B, .957 FP (7E/164TC), 107 assists this season
Notes: Tyson Perez has started five games this season, all in May, and has posted a 3-1 record with a 3.90 ERA (14ER/32.1IP)…was named the California League Pitcher of the Week for May 14-20 after hurling a one-run, two-hit complete game at Inland Empire…athe17th-round pick in 2011 won his first three starts of the season with Lancaster…George Springer scored 26 times, collected 14 extra-base hits and swiped seven bags with Lancaster during the month of May…last year’s 11th overall pick was named the California League Player of the Week during his 12×23 (.522 average), five home run tear in seven games during the week of May 7-13…Jonathan Meyer has been named a Defensive Player of the Month in the Astros system for the sixth time in his four-year career and the second time this season…has posted a .957 fielding percentage in 50 games as Lancaster’s everyday third baseman.
Class A Lexington
LHP Luis Cruz, Pitcher of the Month: 4-0, 1.85 ERA (8ER/39IP), 33 SO, 10 BB .235 opponents avg. (35×149) in 6 starts in May
IF Matt Duffy, Offensive Player of the Month: .343 (37×108), 18 R, 11 2B, 4 HR, 14 RBI, 11 BB in 28 games in May
C Roberto Pena, Defensive Player of the Month: 32 games at C, .990 FP (3E/312TC)
Notes: Luis Cruz went undefeated (4-0) in six May starts, posting a 1.85 ERA…has posted quality starts in six of his eight total starts…Cruz currently ranks T-2nd in the South Atlantic League with 63.1 innings pitched…Matt Duffy hit safely in 21 of his 28 games in May…has hit at a .316 (66×209) clip with eight homers this year…Roberto Pena has committed just three errors in his 32 games at catcher this season.
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.