Position Player of the Month – Adam Jones
.348/.383/.648,/1.026, 9 HR, 20 RBI
Steve Pearce may deserve this honor, but I already wrote him up here and Adam Jones had an absolutely fantastic June. It is possible that June may have been the best month in Adam Jones career. He walked 4.2% of the time, a low number but a good number for Jones and only struck out 9.2% of the time which was good for 9th lowest in the majors in the month of June. He is on pace for his best season yet as an Oriole and is projected by multiple projection systems to have his best season ever. Jones continues to be consistently great and place himself among the best outfielders in major league baseball.
Starting Pitcher of the Month – Bud Norris
In what was an all around decent month of June for the rotation, Bud Norris gets the tab as best starter for the month. He continues to post decent strike out rates and he limits his walks. The groin injury does not look long term and Norris may have to preform at a high level the rest of the way if the Orioles want a realistic shot at winning the division and/or making the playoffs. Whether or not Norris can maintain his recent level of success for the next three months remains to be seen.
Relief Pitcher of the Month – T.J. McFarland
0.57 ERA, 15.2 IP, 5.17 K/9, 1.72 BB/9
A surprise winner, Darren O’Day and Ryan Webb were considered, but McFarland had a great June. He kept the ball down and got some swings and misses. That combined with a decent spot start, T.J. has shown himself to be another useful cheap piece for Buck to deploy as needed. His role is critical moving forward as any one of the starters are able to throw a clunker out at any time and the long man becomes crucial in those situations.