Minor League Monday: July 1st

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This is the July 1st edition, folks. Yes, July. Time for Jairo Beras. This year is half-over, and so is the baseball season. Time flies by.

Anyway, in this edition of Minor League Monday, I picked the best players in June from each of the 4 levels from AAA to low-A. With updates on rookie and SS-A squads, off course.

(AAA) Round Rock Express

Player of the month: Jared Hoying

Hoying was activated from DL and called up to AAA on  June 8. Since then, he’s torturing AAA pitching. In his first 19 games at Round Rock, he’s hitting a ridiculous .353/.366/.603 with 8 extra-base hits, including 3 HR in 71 PA. One of his highlight reel plays was the walk-off single against Memphis on the 20th.

(AA) Frisco RoughRiders

Player of the month: Tomas Telis

As I wrote last week, Telis’s June was superior. His final June numbers are .338/.365/.563 slash, 4 HR, 4 2B, 13 RBI, in 74 PA. No other RoughRider has an OPS higher than .900, besides Mitch Moreland and Mike Olt.

Telis also appeared in the Texas League All-Star game held on the 25th. He went 1 for 2 at the plate in Texas League South’s 6-0 victory and helped fellow RoughRider Neil Ramirez getting the win.

(High-A) Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Player of the month: Jerad Eickhoff

In each of his 5 June starts, Eickhoff went at least 6 innings and gave up no more than 4 runs. In his first start of the month, he struck out 11 out of 26 hitters he faced. It was his first double-digit K game in his pro career. Still, the 23-year old’s strikeout number is low on the season, and he’s a bit old for the level to be a top prospect. But he’s my favorite, probably because his name sounds catchy to me. So, keep your eye on him.

(Low-A) Hickory Crawdads

Player of the month: Nick Williams

After having a hot start in April, Williams slowed down a bit in May. Then he came back and posted even better numbers in June. In his 100 June PA, he had a slash line of .300/.336/.630 with 5 HR and 24 RBI, compared to his April .303/.333/.618.

(Short Season-A) Spokane Indians

After giving up 3 runs in 3 innings in his first start of the season, 18-year old Venezuelan LHP Yohander Mendez gave up only 1 run in following 2 starts. In those 9.1 innings, he struck out 8 while walking only 1.

(Rookie) Arizona Rangers

2013 first rounder Travis Demeritte keeps raking in Arizona. Last week, he appeared in 4 games and had at least 1 hit in each. Well, actually, 3 of those were multi-hit games. On the 28th, he had a HR and a triple… in the 1st inning alone. Demeritte is hitting .364/.447/.636 in 38 PA after 8 professional games.

Kazuto Yamazaki is a Staff Writer for ShutDownInning.com. He can be reached on Twitter@LaBlynne or at lonestarfastballer@yahoo.com
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Grew up in Tokyo, Kaz fell in love with the 2004 Rangers that featured Hank Blalock and Mark Teixeira, and has been a fan since then. Other than doing baseball-related activity, which consumes most of his time, he enjoys singing and playing the guitar. He also writes for The Dynasty Guru and The Scoop Sports. You can follow Kaz on Twitter @Kazuto_Yamazaki and reach him via email kazuto.yamazaki@shutdowninning.com.

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