The Rochester Red Wings went 13-14 during the month of July, as they got some very good efforts across the board from some of their prospects. Their team earned run average was a very respectable 3.60, and they hit nearly .280 as team. Overall, their statistics were very good, but they fell victim to some very close defeats, and never really got on a winning streak.
Offensively, the team was led by a number of prospects, all of whom are having pretty good seasons. Danny Valencia, who is coveted as one of the top prospects in the Twins organization, drove in 20 runs in the month, good for best on the team, and smacked three home runs. Justin Huber tied for the team lead with four home runs, and he batted .286 for the month. Jason Pridie batted .288, drove in 17 runs, and was third on the team with seven doubles.
Pridie also led the team with five stolen bases, and played a very slick outfield. Valencia and Huber led the team with nine doubles, with Pridie leading the team with 30 hits. David Winfree also had a very productive month, batting .283, joining Huber with four home runs in the month. Steven Tolleson led the team with 18 runs, and he was one of four Red Wings to have better than 25 hits in the month.
Reid Santos was the main starter for the Red Wings in July, appearing in six games, while starting five. The left-hander posted a 1.74 earned run average, won a game, and struck out 18 in 31 innings of work. Jeff Manship was also stellar on the mound, starting five games, and he tied for the team lead with three wins. Overall, he posted a 2.59 earned run average, allowed no home runs, and had 15 strikeouts.
The bullpen had a terrific month, especially Rob Delaney, who appearing 12 games. In those 12 games, Delaney had four saves, 12 strikeouts, and had a tiny 1.80 earned run average. Armando Gabino had a 2.25 earned run average throughout his seven appearances, and Jesse Crain struck out a batter per inning in his 12 frames. Crain also had a 1.50 earned run average, and held the opposition to a .214 batting average.
Batter of the Month: Danny Valencia
Pitcher of the Month: Rob Delaney
As of August 2, the Red Wings are 50-55, and currently are 9.0 games back in the International League North Division. On Sunday, the team learned they will receive Brian Buscher from the big league club, giving the team another power bat in the middle of the lineup. In 53 games for the Twins, Buscher batted .227, with two home runs, and 11 runs batted in. In 53 games for the Red Wings in 2008, Buscher batted .319, smacking eight home runs, while driving in 30. Buscher was an Eastern League All-Star in 2006 as a member of the New Britain Rock Cats, where he really made a name for himself in the Twins organization.