Taylor Green: There is strong argument that either Mat Gamel or Caleb Gindl should have this honor but I am taking Green over those two. Mat Gamel posted a hefty slash line of .380/.483/.580 but he only played in 14 games; as for Gindl he also had an impressive slash line of .368/.429/.579. With all that being said Green’s slash line of .357/.476/.595 was right in line with the other two guys, but the fact that he drove in 22 runs in 24 games is the reason why I named him my AAA player of the month.
Wily Peralta: The 22 year old right hander had an outstanding month of July as he went 3-0 with a 0.79 era. Even more impressive is that fact that batters only hit .191 against him. It appears that Peralta is back on track after experiencing some rough outtings in May and June.
D’Vontrey Richardson: I’m pretty sure the last time I talked about Richardson I mentioned how he had all the tools but I doubt he would ever put them together. If I didn’t write it I guarantee I thought it. To my surprise Richardson as been on an absolute tear down in Florida. For the month of July the Manatee’s centerfielder hit .368 which is good but the real sign that Richardson is starting to figure it out is that he struck out only 8 times in 92 AB’s in July compared to 15 K’s in 41 AB’s for June.
Cody Hawn: The Timber Rattlers firstbaseman has progessively gotten better with each month of the season but for July he took it to another level. For the month Hawn hit .281 with a .451 OBP which easily makes it his best month this year. It has been a step in the right direction for the 2nd year pro but in order to become a serious prospect he will have to show some more power, his .400 slugging average is not going to cut it for a firstbaseman. He did hit 13 Hr’s in 65 games last year in rookie ball so the potential is there.