The Tampa Bay Rays announced today that Durham Bulls infielder Jonathan Aranda has been named the organization's Minor League Player of the Month for the month of July. He is the second Bulls player to earn monthly honors from the Rays after infielder Curtis Mead was named Minor League Player
The Tampa Bay Rays announced today that Durham Bulls infielder Jonathan Aranda has been named the organization's Minor League Player of the Month for the month of July. He is the second Bulls player to earn monthly honors from the Rays after infielder Curtis Mead was named Minor League Player of the Month for June.
In 16 games with the Bulls last month, Aranda hit .391 (25-64), adding 13 runs, eight doubles, four homers and 24 RBI, along with a 1.162 OPS. He led all qualified International League players in batting average and slugging percentage (.703), in addition to ranking tied for first in RBI, second in OPS, tied for third in doubles, fifth in on-base percentage (.459), and tied for seventh in extra-base hits (12). His 24 runs batted in were also most among all Rays minor league players in July.
In 86 games with Durham this year, Aranda has hit .314 (105-334), adding 59 runs, 22 doubles, one triple, 15 homers and 66 RBI, along with a .912 OPS. As of Monday he leads the International League in total bases (174), in addition to ranking:
- Second in batting average and RBI
- Third in hits, extra-base hits (38), slugging percentage (.521) and OPS
- Tied for third in four in on-base percentage (.391)
- Tied for fourth in doubles
- Tied for ninth in runs scored
The 24-year-old made his Major League debut earlier this season with Tampa Bay on June 24 versus Pittsburgh, and owns a .375 mark (6-16) with one run, one double and two RBI in seven contests with the Rays. Baseball America in their updated prospect rankings this week also tabbed Aranda as the 77th-best overall prospect, in addition to the fourth-best Rays prospect behind pitchers Shane Baz (#15) and Taj Bradley (#16), as well as Mead (#26).
Aranda was originally signed by Tampa Bay as a non-drafted free agent out of Mexico on July 2, 2015.
Following an off day on Monday, the Bulls begin a six-game homestand on Tuesday, August 9 against the IL East Division leading Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, the Triple-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins. First pitch on Tuesday is scheduled for 6:35pm.