July Full-Season Monthly Awards

Swarzak had an amazing July.

Here is our fourth installment of Twins' Minor League Players of the Month. In it, we have given an award for the best batter and pitcher for each team in the system, with an Honorable Mention selection for each as well. Take a look and see who had the top performances for the month of July.

New Britain Rock Cats:

Hitter of the Month:

Douglas Deeds, 1B/OF
Key Stats: .318 BA, 15 RBI, 8 2B, 27 H, 13 R
Deeds' bat has come alive with the summer months, and he is rounding into the form that made him one of the more feared hitters in the Eastern League last season. This past month, Deeds led the team in runs batted in, walks (15), and doubles. His 27 hits were second best on the team, and he also scored 13 times. More importantly, he seems to have taken a liking to his new first base position, as he committed only one error there this past month.
Honorable Mention: Daniel Matienzo, 1B/DH (4 HR, 15 RBI, .289 BA)

Pitcher of the Month:

Kevin Slowey, SP
Key Stats: 5 GS, 2.72 ERA, 3 W, 1 CG, 30 K, .222 BAA
Slowey has adjusted well to Double-A ball since his call-up from Fort Myers, but has not been as dominant as Matt Garza was when he was called up. Still, he has turned into the ace of the pitching staff, and is putting up very solid numbers for someone in only first full season of professional baseball. He once again showed pinpoint control this past month, walking only seven in 36.1 innings of work. It would be nice to see him in Rochester for the Red Wings playoff run.
Honorable Mention: Brian Duensing, SP (3 GS, 3.24 ERA, 9K)

Fort Myers Miracle:

Hitter of the Month:

Brandon Roberts, CF
Key Stats: .394 BA, 43 H, 17 R, 19 RBI, 8 2B
Talk about making a statement in your first full month with an organization. Roberts has pushed himself into being one of the top outfield prospects in the organization with his showing last month, as his 43 hits were almost double what any other Miracle player put up. He also scored 17 times, tied for the team lead with 19 runs batted in, and smacked a team-high eight doubles. He also showed an ability to hit from the leadoff spot, taking pressure off the team since the departure of Alexi Casilla.
Honorable Mention: Deacon Burns, OF (12 R, 13 RBI, .297 BA)

Pitcher of the Month:

Anthony Swarzak, SP
Key Stats: 5 GS, 2 CG, 1 SHO, 3-1 REC, 1.41 ERA
Swarzak put himself back on the prospect map this past month, as he filled in the void left by the promotions of Garza and Slowey. Originally thought to be the ace of the staff, Swarzak had struggled during the first couple of months of the season, but seems to be back on track now. He has a sparkling 1.41 earned run average this past month, and seemed unhittable at times. If he can finish out the year strong, he should begin next season in Double-A.
Honorable Mention: Kyle Aselton, SP (5 GS, 2.14 ERA, .176 BAA)

Beloit Snappers:

Hitter of the Month:

Paul Kelly, INF
Key Stats: .315 BA, 17 R, 29 H, 4 2B, 10 RBI
Kelly had a great month of July, as he was one of the biggest bats in the Snappers lineup. Unfortunately, a knee injury has him sidelined as of press time, but we still cannot overlook what he did last month. He led the team in runs, finished third in hits, and also smacked four doubles. He did struggle with the glove some, committing five errors as he was shuttled between shortstop, second base, and third base. If they can find a steady spot in the infield for him, it should take some of the pressure off Kelly at the plate.
Honorable Mention: Erik Lis, 1B/DH (.305 BA, 13 RBI, 16 R)

Pitcher of the Month:

Yohan Pino, RP
Key Stats: 8 G, 2 GS, 1.77 ERA, 4 W, 18 K, .157 BAA
Pino did it all for the Snappers last month, winning four of the eight games he appeared in. He is really having a fine season for Beloit in 2006, and the month of July really hammered that point home. After starring in the bullpen all season long, Pino made the jump to the rotation at the end of the month, and allowed only two earned runs through his two starts. He handcuffed batters to the tune of a .157 batting average in July, and struck out almost one batter per inning.
Honorable Mention: Ryan Mullins, SP (6 GS, 1.77 ERA, CG, SHO)

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