Players & Pitchers of the Month : June

Players and pitchers that shined over the month, to earn Player and Pitcher of the Month honors for the month of June.

DSL Angels, Rookie Ball


Player of the Month : Deyvi Castillo, Outfielder

Castillo was injured near the end of the month, but prior to that put up a .282/.315/.400 slash with the Dominican Angels. His month was highlighted by three, three-hit games, all coming with multiple RBI in those games, eight total.

Castillo's big success came with runners on the bases as he boasted a .333 batting average and .487 slugging percentage over 39 at-bats with runners on.


Pitcher of the Month : Alexander Valdez, Right-Handed Reliever

Valdez's last outing hurt his numbers poorly, but consistency can help you lift you to prominence. Taking away his last outing, Valdez allowed one run over 19.1 innings pitched.

Valdez lead all relievers in innings pitched, strikeouts, earned run average, and WHIP over the month of June. His 1.77 earned run average was best on the entire team and this included one of the team's two saves for the month.


AZL Angels, Rookie Ball


Player of the Month : Fran Whitten, First Baseman

Whitten finished June with a .438 batting average and .656 slugging percentage. To say those are great numbers, even in a small sample size, is a large understatement.

Whitten drew at least one hit in every game of June, including a four-hit, three-runs scored, three-RBI game early in the month.


Pitcher of the Month : Eric Alonzo, Right-Handed Reliever

Sample sizes came small for the Rookie Ball pitchers, but Alonzo's numbers rang high on our list. A 1.50 earned run average and sub one WHIP gave us good cause to give Alonzo the award.

Alonzo was effective in nearly every situation, allowing just one run to come across in the month of June, and allowed just three hits total.


Orem Owlz, Rookie Ball


Player of the Month : Trevor Gretzky, Outfielder

Yep, it's the son of Wayne. But did you know he's a heck of a ballplayer? Gretzky found his way to the heart of the order where he worked his magic, having a .447/.475/.553 slash on the month of June.

What was truly amazing was Gretzky's abilities in every game aspect. While leading off innings, he had a .545 batting average, with runners on a .529 average, and with runners in scoring position, a whopping, .545 batting average.


Pitcher of the Month : Arjenis Fernandez, Right-Handed Starter

Hernandez had himself quite the month, never pitching less than five inning, and never giving up more than two earned runs.

Fernandez kept baserunners to a low not only with his .238 against average, but what was a true highlight to the month was his two walked batters in 16 total innings. Command is the key in some aspects of the game and Fernandez showed that heavily in June.


Burlington Bees, Low-A


Player of the Month : Mike Fish, Outfielder

Mike Fish, no, not Trout, Fish. Okay, dumb joke. Mike Fish put together a nice June at the plate with a .281/.340/.416 slash for the 30 days of June.

Fish improved in nearly every aspect of his game, hitting solid line drives and lifting his batting average 20 points from 31 days prior to end of the June.


Pitcher of the Month : Brian Loconsole, Right-Handed Reliever

Loconsole may not be a name you're familiar with, but you might want to start learning it. His 1.69 earned run average and 0.75 WHIP first on the team for pitchers who threw over 10 innings, in the month of June.

Loconsole only had two appearances in June where he allowed a run and had a stretch of six innings without allowing a single base runner in June.


Inland Empire 66ers, High-A


Player of the Month : Cal Towey, Third Baseman

Towey showed why he's such a solid guy to have at the plate. In the month of June, Towey boasted a .347 on-base-percentage and .841 OPS.

Towey had one of the better bats of the month at I.E. with a .264 batting average and shined with six doubles, four home runs, and 12 runs batted in.


Pitcher of the Month : Tyler DeLoach

This kid's a stud and if you think different, you're wrong. June was another solid month for DeLoach, posting a 3.04 earned run average and .228 against average.

DeLoach had a pair of scoreless outings where he went five or more innings, but also showed versatility, going out to the bullpen in one game in the month of June. Consistency is the key to this guy and he sure is good at it.


Arkansas Travelers, Double-A


Player of the Month : Jett Bandy, Catcher

Texas League is a pitcher's paradise, and Jett Bandy found a way around that paradise into his own liking. Bandy showed off his stuff with a .311/.400/.525 slash over the month of June.

This included four home runs and 12 runs batted in. Bandy also lifted his batting average 35 points up from the last day in May to the last day in June.


Pitcher of the Month : Danny Reynolds, Right-Handed Reliever

If a 1.74 earned run average and near nine strikeouts doesn't give you Pitcher of the Month honors, I'm not sure what would.

Reynolds allowed two runs over the month of June, both in the same appearance, which means without that day, he would have not allowed a single run in the month of June.


Salt Lake Bees, Triple-A


Player of the Month : Tommy Field, Infielder

There's a reason this kid was on the Major League roster last season, and he showed off his strut over the month of June with a .320/.377/.485 slash over the month.

Field found gaps all across the field with double digit doubles and two triples in the month. This was helped with a multi-extra base hit game in the middle of the month.


Pitcher of the Month : Kyler Newby, Right-Handed Reliever

In a hitter's park, Kyler Newby found ways to pitch effectively in the Pacific Coast League, posting a 1.72 earned run average and 1.2 WHIP over June.

Newby stayed consistent throughout the month having just two appearances where he allowed runs, and walked a total of four batters over the entire month.