Who’s Hot: Minor League June Edition

Jose Pirela (SS, Trenton AA):
Pirela only played eight games in May and looked pretty mediocre, but that seemed to change in June.  He hit an impressive .381/.441/.513 over 27 games.  He scored 22 runs, hit three homers, six doubles and sixteen RBIs.  Pirela also drew twelve walks and swiped six bags.  Pirela was in Trenton last season and was far from noteworthy, hitting .239/.292/.353 over 128 games.  Only time will tell if he has finally found his stroke in Double-A or if he just had a good month.

Adam Warren (P, Empire State AAA):
Warren has had a roller coaster of a season.  He was close to making the Opening Day roster out of Spring Training and then struggled when he got to Empire State.  He appeared to put that behind him in June and was rewarded with him major league debut.  It may have been a disappointing debut, but that shouldn’t take away from how good Warren was in June.  He went 3-2 with a 2.03 ERA over five starts, including a complete game shut out.  He struck out eighteen hitters and walked just eight, holding opposing hitters to a .241 average.

Ramon Flores (OF, Tampa A+):
Flores earned “Who’s Not” honors in April, but he has been on a tear ever since.  In June, he hit .340/.415/.489 with three homers and five doubles.  He has brought his overall average up to .297, after starting the season with a .207 average in April.   Flores had one of the best games of his season in June, going 3-4 with a pair of homers on June 26th.

Addison Maruszak (1B, Trenton AA):
Maruszak is not a name you see on any prospect lists, but he put together a June that was hard to ignore.  Hitting .360/.420/.618 with five homers, six doubles, a triple and nineteen RBIs, it seemed like whenever Trenton needed some offense Maruszak was there to get the rally going.  He has continued his hot hitting into July, having hit .421 with four homers over his last ten games.

Gary Sanchez (C, Charleston A):
Sanchez had a great June in Charleston, picking up SAL Player of the Week honors twice during the month and being rewarded with a promotion to Tampa.  He hit .324/.381/.595 with six homers and a pair of doubles.  Over his 68 games in Charleston this season, Sanchez swiped eleven stolen bases, getting caught four times.

Honorable Mentions:
Tyler Austin (OF, Charleston A): Austin has been so consistently good this season.  He hit .313/.408/.422 in Charleston, before getting sent up to Tampa.  His power numbers were down, however, with just one homer and four doubles in June.

J.R. Murphy (C, Tampa A): Murphy seemed to shake off his mediocre start to 2012 in June.  He hit .314/.355/.500 with three homers, seven doubles and thirteen RBIs.  It will be very interesting to see how quickly he can adjust to Trenton.

Tamar has written for IIATMS since July 2009, having started off writing game recaps before shifting to the minor leagues. Born in Connecticut and having lived all over the country and in South Korea, Tamar now finds herself "temporarily misplaced" in New Hampshire. Please send help.

2 thoughts on “Who’s Hot: Minor League June Edition

  1. jay_robertson

    I hope no one else reads this. ;)

    In all of the trade rumours and talks I've seen so far, Cashman would kinda sorta like to trade, but has "no chips." Looks like you've found a bunch of interesting chips – tho I'd be a lot happier if Milwaukee would swap Zack for Cito. I'm going to be really bummed, down the road, when half the guys above are on the All Star team wearing different uniforms, and all we have to show for it is Garza and Ortiz.

    • Tamar

      Unfortunately for the Yankees, most of their best prospects seem to be in the lower levels of the minors – it will be interesting to see what happens with them over the next couple years. I'm thinking we'll see at least a couple in Pinstripes.

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