The Eastern League is pleased to announce Erie SeaWolves shortstop Dixon Machado has been named the Eastern League Player of the Month for the month of August. Machado hit .410 (34-for-83) with six doubles, three home runs, 17 runs scored, 15 RBI, five stolen bases, a .515 on-base percentage and a .590 slugging percentage in 25 games during the month. The 22-year old reached base in 24 of the 25 games he played in during the month and had at least one hit in 21 of those games, including putting together a 12-game hitting streak from August 15th-August 29th. The 6'1", 170 lb. slugger led all Eastern League hitters in batting average (.410), on-base percentage (.590) and OPS (1.105) during the month of August. He also finished the month ranked among the league leaders in hits (34-tied 2nd), slugging percentage (.590-3rd) and walks (18-3rd).
Machado, who is a native of San Cristobal-Tachira, Venezuela, raised his season batting average over 30 points with his performance in August. He finished the year hitting .305 with 23 doubles, five homers, 45 runs scored, 32 RBI and eight stolen bases in 90 games with Erie this season. Machado started the season with the Class-A Lakeland Flying Tigers before receiving a promotion and making his Double-A debut with the SeaWolves on May 21st at Bowie.
Dixon, who hit .397 in 41 games after the Eastern League all-star break this season, was signed by the Detroit Tigers as a non-drafted free agent on July 2, 2008.
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