Astros Announce Minor League Players of the Month for June

Style News Wire | 7/6/2009, 10:24 p.m.
The Houston Astros Player Development Department has named the following Players of the Month for June: Round Rock: RHP Bud ...

The Houston Astros Player Development Department has named the following Players of the Month for June: Round Rock: RHP Bud Norris, C J.R. Towles, OF Yordany Ramirez; Corpus Christi: LHP Polin Trinidad, IF Wladimir Sutil, IF Drew Meyer; Lancaster: LHP Fernando Abad, OF Jon Gaston, OF J.B. Shuck; Lexington: RHP Brian Wabick, OF Brian Pellegrini, OF Jay Austin; Dominican Summer League: RHP Leonardo Alayon, OF Ricardo Heredia, IF Hector Rodriguez. These awards are chosen every month by the field staff of each team.

Triple A Round Rock: RHP Bud Norris posted a 1-1 record and a 0.96 ERA (3ER/28IP) in four starts in June to earn Round Rock Pitcher of the Month honors. On the season, Norris currently leads the Pacific Coast League in ERA (2.52) and strikeouts (92). C J.R. Towles was named Offensive Player of the Month after hitting .256 (11x43) with 12 walks and a .441 on-base percentage in the month. OF Yordany Ramirez received the Defensive Player of the Month after recording a .990 fielding percentage in 76 games in the outfield this season.

Double A Corpus Christi: After posting a 0.72 ERA (3ER/37.1IP) and a 3-2 record in June, LHP Polin Trinidad was named Pitcher of the Month for the Hooks. His 7-5 record with one save and a 2.94 ERA (27ER/82.2IP) in 13 games (12 starts) with Corpus this season earned him a promotion to Triple A Round Rock in early July. IF Wladimir Sutil was named Offensive Player of the Month after hitting .312 (34x109) with 16 runs scored, eight doubles and nine RBI. IF Drew Meyer’s .974 fielding percentage (385TC/10E) while playing 78 games in the infield at second base (64), shortstop (12) and third base (2) this season earned him the Defensive Player of the Month title for Corpus Christi.

Class A Advanced Lancaster: JetHawks Pitcher of the Month LHP Fernando Abad owned a 1-0 record with one save a 1.06 ERA (2ER/17IP) in seven games in June. OF Jon Gaston hit .311 (33x106) with 16 extra-base hits, including nine doubles and four home runs, while driving in 21 RBI en route to receiving his second consecutive Offensive Player of the Month award. The Defensive Player of the Month was OF J.B. Shuck, who has posted a .982 fielding percentage (167TC/3E) in 73 games in the outfield this season.

Class A Lexington: Pitcher of the Month RHP Brian Wabick finished the month with a 2-0 record and a 2.76 ERA (5ER/16.1IP) in six games (1 start) for Lexington. OF Brian Pellegrini was named Offensive Player of the Month for the second consecutive month after hitting .437 (38x87) with nine home runs and 26 RBI in 24 games with the Legends. OF Jay Austin received Defensive Player of the Month honors after recording a .985 fielding percentage (130TC/1E) in 63 games in the outfield this season.

Rookie Level Dominican Summer League: RHP Leonardo Alayon posted a 4-0 record with one save and a 1.88 ERA (5ER/24IP) in eight games to earn Pitcher of the Month honors for the DSL Astros. The Offensive Player of the Month honor was awarded to OF Ricardo Heredia, who hit .370 (17x46) with nine RBI and a .473 on-base percentage. IF Hector Rodriguez earned the Defensive Player of the Month for the Astros after posting a .915 (118TC/10E) fielding percentage in 24 games at shortstop (12g) and third base (12g) this season.