The Fort Myers Miracle finished at .500 for the month of July, getting a mix of some great pitching, and some clutch hitting. The pitching really led the way, as the team posted a 3.29 earned run average collectively. Though only Rene Leveret batted .300 for the month, the team did show some pop, scoring over 100 runs, while blasting 16 home runs.
Steven Hirschfield led the way on the mound, as he made six starts for the Miracle in July. The young right-hander posted a 2.04 earned run average, won two games, and the opposition hit under .200 against him. He is developing into a top pitching prospect in the organization. David Bromberg was also key in the starting role, as the 2009 Florida State League All-Star won three of his five starts.
Mike McCardell, who has been promoted to New Britain, was also stellar in his three starts, picking up a complete game, while striking out a batter per inning. Michael Tarsi won three of his five starts, posting a 3.45 earned run average, and Santos Arias was great as a reliever and starter.
The bullpen was also incredible for the Miracle in July, as Joe Testa posted an earned run average under 2.00 for the month. Loek Van Mil appeared in 13 games, picking up three saves, and he struck out nearly a batter per inning. Once a project for the organization, Van Mil is turning into a legitimate pitching prospect, and is no long just the tallest player in baseball.
Leveret led the way offensively in July, batting .309 in 21 games, while driving in eight runs. Chris Parmelee had a team-high five home runs, and also led the way with 16 runs batted in. Deibinson Romero had a terrible time at the plate in July, but did finish second on the team with 11 RBI.
Ben Revere batted .288 in 17 games, leading the team with five stolen bases, and continued to play incredible outfield. Steven Singleton batted .375 before being promoted to New Britain, while Mark Dolenc hit .276 for the month.
Batter of the Month: Rene Leveret
Pitcher of the Month: Steven Hirschfield
Miracle Notes: Mark Dolenc eclipsed the 20 stolen base mark, and he continues to be a quiet star in the organization. The Miracle were the 1st half division winner in the Florida State League Western Division, earning an automatic bid to the playoffs. A big congratulations goes out to the 2009 Florida State League All-Stars for the Miracle, which include David Bromberg, Spencer Steedley, Dan Lehmann, Chris Cates, Steven Singleton, Ben Revere, Chris Parmelee, and Carlos Gutierrez.