Minor League Monday: Wrap Up

I’ve written this feature at SDI on Mondays through the season. But this is the last one of 2013 , as the season has almost come to and end in the minors.

(AAA) Round Rock Express

Player of the month: Joey Butler

Jim Adduci had a really strong August, but Emily Cates wrote as good piece as Adduci’s last month, so I’ve chosen another player.

Instead, I’m going with Joey Butler. After sipping a coffee at the big leagues and becoming the 67th player to have 2 or more doubles in a game within 2 games into the career, he spent the rest of the month strongly at AAA.

in 22 games after the demotion, Butler had a .295/.471/.436 slash with a couple of long balls, drew almost as many walks (24) as he struck out (25). He didn’t get a call on September 1st, but that call did come a day later.

(AA) Frisco RoughRiders

Player of the month: Rougned Odor

At the age of 19, Roogie’s first month at Frisco was a brilliant one. While being the youngest player on the squad, he kept mashing AA pitching after his promotion at the beginning of August. In 30 AA games, Roogie hit .306/.354/.530, in 144 PA. Roogie unleashed more dingers at AA (6) than he had at high-A (5) in 425 PA.

(High-A) Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Player of the month: Alec Asher

Asher had a solid first full season of his professional career, overall. Going 9-7, with a 2.90 ERA, and 139/40 K/BB in 133.1 innings. The right hander was especially good in the final month of the season. In August, he started 5 games, made it to at least 5 innings in each of them, gave up 4 runs in 30.1 IP, struck out 38 of 114 hitters he faced while walking just 9. He held opposing hitters a microscopic .165/.239/.223 line.

(Low-A) Hickory Crawdads

Player of the month: Joey Gallo

.321/.421/.877, 12 HR in 95 PA. That’s what Gallo did in 23 games after being activated from DL on August 8. He had 7 HR in the last 6 games, including 6 in 3 nights. Here’s a video clip of his HR on Aug 29 from Baseball America. He has 32 RBI over the past month and leads the entire organization in the stat by 12, despite missing 5 games during that span.

(Short Season-A) Spokane Indians

Player of the month: Eric Brooks

Brooks started the season poorly at Hickory, but had a strong last month. The right hander gave up just 10 runs, struck out 31, walked 11, held opposing hitters a .207/.279/.261 slash in his last 6 starts. Last Sunday, he had a career high 11 strikeouts while he only walked 2 in 6.1 innings in his last start of the season.

(Rookie) Arizona Rangers

Player of the month: Cole Wiper

Wiper was picked by the Rangers in the 10th round in the 2013 rule 4 draft. The former Oregon Duck right hander had quite a good start for his pro career. After tossing just 8 innings in July, Wiper gave up 2 earned runs, struck out 18, walked 7, held 73 hitters he faced a .200/.274/.231 slash in August. At the age of 21, he’s old for the level to be a prospect, but I guess he’ll start 2014 at Hickory.

Kazuto Yamazaki is a Staff Writer for ShutDownInning.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Kazkuto_Yamazaki 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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