Position Player of the Month – Mike Yastrzemski, OF (High-A Frederick/Double-A, Bowie)
.322/.383/.557 (37/115) with 11 2B, 5 3B, 2 HR, 15 RBI, 10 BB, 17 K
He has been my favorite player to watch this season. Do you love grit, hard work and all the other cliches? Of course you do. The grandson of the great Carl does not have impact tools. However, his elite makeup and baseball smarts substitute for many of his weaknesses. I have a full report on Yaz coming this week over at Baseball Prospectus.
Starting Pitcher of the Month – Zach Davies, RHP (Double-A, Bowie)
5 GS, 31.0 IP, 2.94 ERA, 34 H, 11 R, 10 ER, 8 BB, 26 K
Davies has turned his season around after a sluggish start to the year that was largely due to injury. Davies has been phenomenal at Bowie in the past month, showing terrific command of his fastball and keeping it low in the zone at all times. His changeup continues to work as a plus offering, and he has improved the rotation and consistency of his curveball. He is constantly overlooked in this system, but keep in mind that Dan Duquette and the Orioles love a pitcher with a good changeup.
Relief Pitcher of the Month – Alexander Santana, RHP (Low-A, Delmarva)
9 G, 17.0 IP, 2.65 ERA, 11 H, 5 R, 4 BB, 27 K
Santana continues to roll through the lower minors, mostly working with his deceptive fastball and tight spinning curveball. I feel like it has been six years in which I have buzzed about Santana and how he is a pitcher that simply puts up results better than the stuff really looks. Sometimes those guys just need to be given the opportunity to prove it at the next level. We likely see Santana at Frederick next year, which will be the biggest test in his career thus far.