Monday, July 2, 2012
June PreStros Employees of the Month
At this point in the season, the full season leagues have at least named their all-stars, if not already played the games. For younger players fatigue starts setting in as they're not quite used to the full schedule grind, and the stronger prospects start to pull away from the field. Let's see who's staying in the kitchen as the heat gets turned up.
15-13 in June
Hitter of the Month: Mike Hessman
For the second straight month, Mike Hessman gets the honors. In June, Mike hit .279/.319/.702 with 14 home runs and 27 runs batted in.
Pitcher of the Month: Mickey Storey
Mickey appeared in 10 games for Oklahoma City and threw 16 innings. During that stretch he posted a 0.56 ERA with three wins and one save. He struck out 15 and walked just two.
Jimmy Paredes hit .324/.365/.454 with eight extra base hits and 11 steals.
18-8 in June
Hitter of the Month: Kody Hinze
Kody finally showed the bat he displayed last season. He hit .306/.370/.542 with five homeruns in 72 at bats.
Pitcher of the Month: Alex Sogard
Alex is another guy who struggled early and is finally showing what he can do. During the month he pitched 11 innings in six appearances. While not factoring in any decisions or earning any saves, Alex put up an identical ERA and WHIP of 1.64 with nine strikeouts and three walks.
Jonathan Villar hit .292/.396/.483 with five homers and 12 steals while drastically improving his walk rate and lowering his strikeout rate.
Jose Cisnero went 3-1 with a 2.18 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 33 innings.
12-12 in June
Hitter of the Month: Ben Heath
Ben has quietly but consistently put together a good season. In June he hit .407/.435/.627 with 12 runs, three home runs, and 16 rbi in 14 games.
Pitcher of the Month: Jose Trinidad
Jose built upon his May to put up unbelievable numbers in June. In eight games and 21 innings, he put up a 0.43 ERA and a 4-1 record out of the bullpen.
Andrew Robinson went 0-1 with four saves while putting up a 2.40 ERA and 1.20 WHIP. He also struck out 22 in 15 innings.
George Springer hit .314/.455/.547 with five home runs while cutting his strikeout rate by a third.
14-12 in June
Hitter of the Month: Brandon Meredith
After a slow May, Brandon came on in June to put up a line of .284/.382/.568 with six home runs.
Pitcher of the Month: Murilo Gouvea
Murilo went 1-1 with 1 save while putting up a 0.61 ERA. Opposing batters hit just .114 against him while he struck out 14 in 14.2 innings.
Nick Tropeano put up a 2.22 ERA while going 3-1 on the month. He struck out 30 in 28.1 innings and was promoted to Lancaster just before month end.
Delino DeShields hit .303/.407/.424 with 22 runs and 25 steals as he has already broken the single season minor league stolen base record for the Astros organization.