Former Missions Earn Monthly MLB Honors

By Bakersfield Blaze | January 24, 2013 7:47 AM ET

San Antonio - Former San Antonio Missions Chase Headley and Adrian Beltre were named the National and American League Players of the Month respectively for September.

Headley hit .324 (33-for-102) with a league-tying nine home runs and a Major League-best 30 in September while collecting 66 total bases, scoring 21 runs and registering a .647 slugging percentage. Headley, who also won the award in August, drove in 24 percent of San Diego's runs in the month (30 of 125). He currently leads the National League and ranks third in the Majors with 113 RBI. Headley joins Ken Caminiti and Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn as the only other Padres to win the award on multiple occasions.

The 28-year old native of Fountain, CO was the 2007 Texas League Player of the Year while guiding San Antonio to the team's 11th championship. Headley played 121 games for the Missions while hitting a league-best .330 (143-for-433) with 20 homers and 78 RBI. He also led the circuit in on-base percentage (.437) and slugging (.580) while ranking third in doubles (38) and extra-base hits (63), tied for fourth in hits, HR and RBI and fifth in runs scored (82). Headley was named to the Texas League Mid- and Post-Season All-Star teams and was a Baseball America Double-A All-Star.

Beltre hit .337 (33-for-98) for the Rangers in September with three doubles, a triple, 11 home runs, 19 RBI and 19 runs scored. The 33-year old native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic led the American League in total bases (71) and slugging (.724) and was second in homers and eighth in average. Beltre currently ranks second in the league in total bases (336) and fourth in hitting (.318) and slugging (.560).

Beltre hit .321 (79-for-246) in 64 games for San Antonio in 1998 with 21 doubles, two triples, 13 home runs, 56 RBI, 49 runs scored and 20 stolen bases before being promoted to the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 24. He was selected to represent the National League in the Double-A All-Star Game but could not attend due to his call-up.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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