June Minor League Players of the Month

By Rachel Frey

Triple-A Oklahoma City

Pitcher of the Month: RHP David Carpenter. Carpenter was called up to the Astros on June 29, but during his time in Oklahoma CIty he earned six saves, and did not give up any runs over 12 innings pitched. He struck out 14 and only walked four batters.

Offensive Player of the Month: OF Brian Bogusevic. Bogusevic also joined the Astros active roster on June 29, but while he was a RedHawk, he batted .284 with five doubles and one homerun. He also drove in 16 RBI over 27 games.

Defensive Player of the Month: OF Drew Locke. Locke played 60 games in the outfield without any errors, and made three assists in 102 total chances.

Double-A Corpus Christi

Pitcher of the Month: LHP Dallas Keuchel. Keuchel had a 3-2 record and 2.18 ERA over 33 innings pitched. He struck out 22 batters and opponents batted for a  .207 average against him. He was also a 2011 Texas League All-Star.

Offensive Player of the Month: IF Jose Altuve. Altuve was on May’s Player of the Month list for his accomplishments at Class A Lancaster. Following his promotion on June 1, he has a .364 batting average with seven doubles, three triples, and three home runs. He was recently selected to appear in the 2011 MLB Futures Game on July 10.

Defensive Player of the Month: OF Jacob Goebbert. Goebbert has appeared in 53 games in the outfield and at first base, and only recorded four errors in 123 total chances. He also has nine assists.

Class A Advanced Lancaster

Pitcher of the Month: RHP Chris Hicks. Hicks made six relief appearances in June, during which he struck out 15 batters. He had a 1.64 ERA through 11 innings pitched, and opposing batters had a .150 batting average against him.

Offensive Player of the Month: IF Kody Hinze. Hinze batted .357 with four doubles, eight home runs, and 25 RBI in 23 games. He was on the California League All-Star team, and has just been promoted to Double-A Corpus Christi on July 5.

Defensive Player of the Month: IF Jonathan Meyer. Meyer has started 70 games in the infield and committed 12 errors in 205 total chances. He has also made 145 assists this season.

Class A Lexington

Pitcher of the Month: RHP Ruben Alaniz. Alaniz had a 2.28 ERA with 21 strikeouts in 5 starts during June. He leads the team with 69 strikeouts this season. Opposing batters had a .198 batting average when he was pitching.

Offensive Player of the Month: OF Emilio King. King scored 14 runs with a .289 batting average and 11 RBI in 24 games. He has a .330 batting average for the season, which leads the team.

Defensive Player of the Month: IF Tyler Burnett. Burnett has played 55 games at first base, while only committing nine errors in 463 total changes. He has also turned 38 double plays.

Dominican Summer League

Pitcher of the Month: RHP Kelvin Santana. Santana had a 1-0 record with 1 save and 0.00 ERA over 5.1 innings pitched. He also struck out 8 batters.

Offensive Player of the Month: C Franny Polanco. Polanco had a .361 batting average with two doubles, and eight RBI over 20 games. He ranks seventh in the Dominican Summer League.

Defensive Player of the Month: IF Yoel Silfa. During 29 games in the infield, he has made 12 errors in 96 total catches. He has started at second base, third base, and shortstop, and turned 12 double plays.


I am excited about the apparent talent and performance at Corpus Cristi. Altuve seems like a breath of fresh air – both performance and personality. My perception is that the minor league system is returning to life after a long nightmare on non-signings, drafting for signability rather than maximum potential and trading prospects for end of career supposed fixes for the major league roster. Keep up the minor league reports. On another subject, I think that Hooton needs to come to the major league team as pitching coach. I liked and admired Brocail as a player and have no doubt he will develop into an excellent pitching coach if he so desires, but the major league team isn’t the place to learn a new trade.

Ed Wade has done a fine job here rebuilding a bare minor league system. Remember that one year we did not have a pick till the third round and then did not sign the 3 rd or 4 th round pick. Cheap skate Drayton put the system back years.

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