Player of the Month : Chad Hinshaw
Hinshaw has established himself as a name to start knowing. He bumped his batting average up 26 notches from .250 to .276 over the month of May, as well as bumped his on base percentage from .368 to .392, due mostly to only five games over May where he didn't reach base. Hinshaw finished second in second in batting average (.287), OBP (.436) and hits (27) for those who qualified in the affiliate, and had the most runs (21) and stolen bases (10).
Pitcher of the Month : Harrison Cooney
It was a tight race down to the end, but a six-hit, complete game, shutout doesn't happen much in the minors, and that's exactly what Cooney did in his final start of May. Cooney finished the month with a 2.52 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and .219 against average. Cooney kept great command of his pitches, both off-speed and fastball, walking just six over 35 and two/third innings of work (1.51 BB/9).
Inland Empire 66ers, Class-A Advanced
Player of the Month : Jose Rondon
Rondon lifted his slash from .274/.307/.305 all the way up to .333/.358/.423 over the month of May. Rondon also had six games where he had three or more hits. Rondon's 48 hits over May were the most in the system, and helped give him a combined 24 runs scored or brought in. Rondon's success was helped by his 9% stikeout rate. Despite not hitting a home run, Rondon lead the team in doubles (11) and triples (3) over May, helping him lead the team in slugging percentage (.502) as well.
Pitcher of the Month : Chris O'Grady and Kurt Spomer
The two combined for to allow two earned runs over 27 innings (0.66 ERA). The two also combined with for a 1.1 WHIP, helped by a combined seven walks (O'Grady 4, Spomer 3). Spomer kept batters to just a .189 average. O'Grady and Spomer held up the end of the bullpen, both gaining a pair of saves over May, four of the team's total six.
Arkansas Travelers, Double-A
Player of the Month : Brian Hernandez
Consistency gave Hernandez player of the month as he maintained a steady batting average for 28 games, batting .308 over May. Hernandez was promoted to Double-A in late April to fill in for an injured infield position, but has seemed to taken a steady pace as the Travelers full time first baseman. Hernandez lead the Travelers in at bats (117), hits (36), and RBI (17) over May.
Pitcher of the Month : Orangel Arenas
Arenas never allowed more than one run in any of his five starts over May, keeping his ERA at 1.59 for the month. Not just that, but Arenas picked up the win in every game he pitched, going 5-0 over the month. Arenas kept runners off the base paths with his 1.10 WHIP, mostly due to allowing just 18 hits over 22.2 innings pitched and .234 against average.
Salt Lake Bees, Triple-A
Player of the Month : J.B. Shuck
Despite it being a relatively quiet month for Shuck in May, statistically, he found ways to reach base 40% of his plate appearances and ended the month batting .330 in May. Shuck drew more walks than in any previous month in his career. Shuck remained in the top three in nearly all statistics for the month and although quiet, had the most impressive all around from any offensive players for the Bees in May.
Pitcher of the Month : Wade LeBlanc
LeBlanc was selected to the Major League bullpen, and was picked from waivers by the New York Yankees in the past week, but not before showing off his stuff in Triple-A over May. LeBlanc average a start of six and two/third innings over his four starts while maintaining a 2.03 ERA over the month. LeBlanc kept his walks and hits per inning below one at 0.90, helped by his just five walks over 26.2 innings of work. LeBlanc also shut down bats, allowing batters to bat just .202 over the month.
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