The Beloit Snappers had a very successful month of May, winning 19 of their 29 games, as some of the better young prospects in the Twins organizations really stepped up their game. They got great pitching, timely hitting, and really played as a team. If they continue this, they could win the Midwest League in 2008.
Batter of the Month
Ben Revere, Outfielder
Revere was the Twins first round selection in the 2007 First Year Player Draft, and though his selection raised some eyebrows, his game is raising even more now. During the month of May, the speedster batted an incredible .433, swiping 14 bases in 28 games. It seemed like he was on base all the time, as he continues to make the Twins look like geniuses for drafting him so early.
For the month, Revere picked up 52 hits, an astronomical number, and scored 21 times. The leadoff hitter wrapped five triples, 11 doubles, and struck out only eight times. He has shown a batting eye way beyond his years, and at only 19-years old, is legitimately a top prospect in the Twins organization. Though no-one saw this kind of production coming, it does not surprise this sports writer.
Honorable Mention: Joe Benson (.270, 10 2B, 14RBI), Steven Singleton (.284, 15R, 12RBI), Jair Fernandez (.313, 13RBI)
Pitcher of the Month
Daniel Berlind, Starting Pitcher
Berlind really made a name for himself in his first season with the Twins organization during the 2007 campaign, and he is once again off to a fast start. During the month of May, Berlind established himself as possibly the ace of the Beloit Snappers staff, and led a staff that was one of the best in the Midwest League. The 20-year old shook off a rough start to the season in April to post some great May numbers.
In five starts, Berlind posted an earned run average below the 3.00 mark, and held opponents to nearly a .200 batting average. After laboring through a rough month of April, Berlind found his groove in the second month of season, and has lowered his earned run average to 4.11. One thing he worked on was his command, as he walked only one more batter than he did in April, but in twice the amount of inning.
Honorable Mention: Santos Arias (2.73ERA, 2W, 28K), Steven Hirschfield (7G, 1.93ERA, 2W), Loek Van Mil (8G, 1.76ERA, 14K)