Michael Snyder has been named the Topps Player of the Month, which was announced today by Minor League Baseball.
Snyder received the honor after driving in 34 runs, nine more than any other Pioneer League player. The 22-year-old from Centreville, Virginia led the league with 16 extra-base hits and 66 total bases.
Snyder had hits in his first nine July games to stretch a hitting streak to 18 games. He ranked second in slugging (.660) and third in home runs (6) and OPS (1.114). The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim selected Snyder in the 23rd round in June out of Florida Southern College.
It was an exciting honor for Snyder because his brother, Matt, also received the Topps Player of the Month for his exceptional play in the New York-Penn League. Michael's twin brother led the New York-Penn League last month in batting (.414) and OPS (1.094).
The Staten Island Yankees first baseman ranked second in RBI (23) and slugging (.609) and third in hits (36) and on-base percentage (.485). Snyder had hits in 20 of 24 games, including 10 in row from July 8-20. The New York Yankees drafted Snyder in the 10th round in June out of the University of Mississippi.
The rest of the winners included Henry Wrigley (International League), Dan Straily (Pacific Coast League), Oswaldo Arcia (Eastern League), Hunter Morris (Southern League), Engel Beltre (Texas League), Andres Santiago (California League), Matt Fields (Carolina League), Tyler Pill (Florida State League), Jason Wheeler (Midwest League), Tyler Anderson (S. Atlantic League), Christopher Taylor (Northwest League), Candido Pimentel (Appalachian League), Joey Gallo (Arizona League) and Jeremias Pineda (Gulf Coast League).