The Houston Astros have named their players and pitchers of the month at their eight minor league affiliates for August. The Astros became the first organization since the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2003 to have six minor league teams make the playoffs.
Triple A Oklahoma City RedHawks
Pitcher of the Month: LHP Eric Berger – went 3-0 with a 1.59 ERA with 22 strikeouts and a .122 opponent’s batting average in 11 games (one start) in August.
Player of the Month: IF Brandon Laird – hit .306 (33x108) with six doubles, four homers, 24 RBI and a .366 on-base percentage in 29 August games. Laird’s 33 doubles ranked tied for fourth in the PCL this year. Laird was one of four players the Astros recalled from OKC this past weekend.
Double A Corpus Christi Hooks
Pitcher of the Month: RHP Jonas Dufek – led the Texas League with six wins in the month of August, posting a 6-0 record with a 0.61 ERA, three saves, 14 strikeouts and just one walk in 11 games.
Player of the Month: IF Erik Castro – hit .340 (32x94) with eight doubles, four homers, 17 RBI and a .980 OPS in 27 games in August.
Class A Advanced Lancaster JetHawks
Pitcher of the Month: LHP Colton Cain – went 3-0 with a 3.24 ERA and 22 strikeouts in five August starts.
Player of the Month: IF Delino DeShields – had a .349 (37x106) batting average with nine doubles, 15 stolen bases and a .907 OPS in 25 games in August. DeShields finished third in the California League in hitting (.313) and runs scored (100), and second in OBP (.405), stolen bases (51) and triples (14).
Class A Quad Cities River Bandits
Pitcher of the Month: LHP Brian Holmes – went 2-0 and allowed just two earned runs in 23.2 innings (0.76 ERA) with 21 strikeouts across four starts in August.
Player of the Month: IF Rio Ruiz – hit .298 (31x104) with five homers, 19 RBI and a .558 slugging percentage in 28 games in August. It’s the second straight month he earned Player of the Month honors.
Class A Short Season Tri-City ValleyCats
Pitcher of the Month: RHP Gonzalo Sanudo – did not allow a run in 13 innings in August, striking out 20 with just one walk.
Player of the Month: IF Conrad Gregor – hit .324 (33x102) with 17 RBI and a .372 on-base percentage in 27 games in August.
Rookie Level Greeneville Astros
Pitcher of the Month: RHP Raul Rivera – posted a 0.00 ERA (0ER/11.2IP) with 11 punchouts and one walk in 11.2 innings in August.
Player of the Month: IF Chase McDonald – hit .265 (22x83) with four doubles, a triple, two homers and 17 RBI in 24 games during the month.
Pitcher of the Month: RHP Joe Musgrove – posted a 1.96 ERA (4ER/18.1IP) with 17 strikeouts in six outings in August.
Player of the Month: IF Yonathan Mejia – hit .292 (33x113) with eleven doubles and 14 RBI in 29 August games. He took home Player of the Month honors for the second straight month.
For the DSL Astros
Pitcher of the Month: RHP Angel Heredia – saved six games and gave up one earned run in 10.1 innings in August (0.87 ERA).
Player of the Month: OF Brauly Mejia – hit .297 (19x64) with a .375 OBP in 18 games during the month.