Hague, Duvall among Players of the Month

Pirates claim three awards, 16 winners represent 12 organizations

Lewis Brinson led the California League in average (.412), hits (40), RBIs (23) and slugging (.835). (Shane Roper/MiLB.com)

By Minor League Baseball | August 10, 2015 5:26 PM

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Minor League Baseball today announced the Player of the Month Award winners for each of the 16 leagues for the month of July. Each winner will receive an award from Minor League Baseball in recognition of the honor.

Buffalo Bisons (Blue Jays) infielder Matt Hague led the International League with 44 hits in July and recorded 17 multi-hit games. He hit .376 and drove in 27 runs in July, leading the Bisons to a league-best 19-10 mark during the month. Hague, 29, was claimed by the Blue Jays off waivers last August.

Sacramento River Cats (Giants) infielder Adam Duvall led the Pacific Coast League with 10 homers and 31 RBIs in July, was second with 18 extra-base hits and finished fourth in slugging (.704) and OPS (1.082). Duvall, 26, was traded to the Cincinnati Reds July 31, and is currently with the Louisville Bats. Duvall was selected by the Giants in the 11th round of the 2010 Draft out of Louisville.

Binghamton Mets shortstop Gavin Cecchini led the Eastern League in hits (48), average (.387) and on-base percentage (.453) while reaching base safely in 26 of his 29 games, including each of the first 17 games in July. Cecchini, 21, was an Eastern League All-Star and was selected by the Mets in the first round (12th overall) of the 2012 draft out of Barbe High School in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Mobile BayBears (D-backs) outfielder Zach Borenstein led the Southern League with 58 total bases and 31 RBIs in July. Borenstein hit .333 in 28 games with 12 extra-base hits, 17 runs scored and walked as many times as he struck out (15). Borenstein, 25, led the BayBears to a 18-10 record in July. He was originally selected by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 23rd round of the 2011 Draft out of Eastern Illinois University before being traded to the D-backs in 2014. 

Corpus Christi Hooks (Astros) third baseman Colin Moran was second in the Texas League in average (.349) and RBIs (22), while finishing in a third-place tie with 37 hits. The former first round pick (sixth overall) out of the University of North Carolina was traded from the Marlins to the Astros at the 2014 trade deadline.

High Desert Mavericks (Rangers) center fielder Lewis Brinson led the California League in average (.412), hits (40), RBIs (23), slugging (.835) and was tied for third with 24 runs scored and tied for fourth with seven home runs. Brinson, 21, was promoted on July 30 to Double-A Frisco. He was selected by Texas in the first round of the 2012 draft out of Coral Springs (FL) High School.

Lynchburg Hillcats (Indians) center fielder Clint Frazier led the Carolina League in hitting (.363) and hits (37), was second in slugging (.559) and OPS (1.000), third in runs scored (21) and extra-base hits (12) and was fifth in RBIs (17). Frazier, 20, was selected fifth overall by the Indians in the 2013 Draft out of Loganville (GA) High School.

Palm Beach Cardinals left-hander Corey Littrell went 4-0 with a 0.91 ERA (29 2/3, 3 ER) in five games (four starts) to claim Florida State League Player of the Month honors. Littrell, 23, struck out 27 in his 29.2 innings without walking a batter. Littrell was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the fifth round of the 2013 draft out of Kentucky before being traded to the Cardinals at the 2014 trade deadline.

Dayton Dragons (Reds) right-hander Tyler Mahle went 4-0 with a league-leading 0.58 ERA in five starts to claim Midwest League Player of the Month honors for July. Mahle, 20, held opponents to a .183 average as he allowed just 20 hits and five walks over 31.0 innings. Mahle was selected by the Reds in the seventh round of the 2013 Draft out of Westminster High School in California.

West Virginia Power (Pirates) right-hander Yeudy Garcia was named South Atlantic League Player of the Month for June after going 6-0 with a 0.90 ERA in six games (five starts). Garcia allowed just 16 hits and five walks while striking out 23 over 30 innings of work. Garcia, 22, signed out of the Dominican Republic as a free agent prior to the 2013 season.

West Virginia Black Bears (Pirates) outfielder Logan Hill was named New York-Penn League Player of the Month for July after leading the league in total bases (51), RBIs (23), home runs (four) and OPS (1.011). His .330 average and 19 runs scored were fourth-best in the league. Hill, 22, was selected by the Pirates in the 25th round of the 2015 draft out of Troy University.

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Giants) catcher Miguel Gomez was named Northwest League Player of the Month for July after leading the league in average (.393), hits (44) and RBI (30). He also finished in the top five in total bases (59), slugging percentage (.527) and OPS (.927), while also recording a 22-game hitting streak. Gomez, 22, signed with the Giants as a free agent in 2011.

Bristol Pirates first baseman Carlos Munoz was named Appalachian League Player of the Month for July after leading the league in average (.396), hits (40), extra-base hits (20), total bases (74), doubles (13), homers (seven) and OPS (1.194). His 23 RBI were second-most in the league in July and his 21 runs scored were tied for fifth in the league. Munoz, 21, was signed out of Mexico as a free agent in 2011.

Ogden Raptors (Dodgers) first baseman Scott De Jong was named Pioneer League Player of the Month for July after finishing second in the league in OPS (1.181) and total bases (62), and third in the league in average (.381), homers (seven) and RBI (21). De Jong, 22, was selected by the Dodgers in the 32nd round in 2014 out of Felician (NJ) High School.

Arizona Dodgers outfielder Ariel Sandoval was named Arizona League Player of the Month after batting .329 with four homers and 15 RBI in 22 contests in July. Sandoval, 19, was signed by the Dodgers as a free agent out of the Dominican Republic prior to the 2013 season.

Gulf Coast Braves third baseman Austin Riley was named Gulf Coast League Player of the Month for July after batting .310 and leading the league in homers (seven), RBI (21), extra-base hits (12) and total bases (52). Riley, 18, finished third in in the GCL in slugging (.619) and OPS (.967). He was selected by the Braves with the 41st overall pick (Competitive Balance Round A) in the 2015 draft.

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