Portland, ME - The Eastern League is pleased to announce Hartford Yard Goats third baseman Josh Fuentes has been selected as the Eastern League Player of the Month for the month of August. Fuentes batted .487 (38-for-78) with 10 doubles, three home runs, 16 RBIs, 11 runs scored, a .500 on-base percentage, and a .731 slugging percentage in 19 games during the month. The 24-year old had at least one hit in 16 of the 19 games he played in during the month and had multiple hits in 15 of those games, including hitting a pair of homers and driving in all four runs for the Yard Goats in a 4-3 win over the visiting Trenton Thunder on August 10th.
The 6'2", 215 lb. slugger tied for the league lead in hits (38) in the month of August and also ranked among the monthly league leaders in doubles (10-2nd), total bases (57-tied 5th), and extra-base hits (13-tied 8th). Josh came up just one plate appearance shy of qualifying, but if he had enough plate appearances to qualify during the month he also would have led the league in batting average (.487), slugging percentage (.731), on-base percentage (.500) and OPS (1.231).
Fuentes finished the season hitting .307 with 28 doubles, seven triples, 15 home runs, 72 RBIs, and 48 runs scored in 122 games while making his Double-A debut for the Yard Goats. He tied for the league lead in triples (7) and also finished the season ranked among the leaders in batting average (.307-tied 2nd), slugging percentage (.517-3rd), OPS (.869-3rd), doubles (28-6th), extra-base hits (50-6th), total bases (214-8th), RBIs (72-tied 8th), and hits (127-tied 9th).
Josh, who was named the third baseman on the Eastern League All-Star Team and was a two-time winner of the Eastern League Player of the Week for the periods of July 17th-July 23rd and July 31st-August 6th, was signed by the Colorado Rockies as a non-drafted free agent on June 11, 2014 after batting .365 during his junior season at Missouri Baptist University.
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