ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Minor League Baseball today announced its July Player of the Month Award winners for all leagues. Each winner will receive an award from Minor League Baseball in recognition of the honor.
Louisville Bats (Reds) outfielder Scott Schebler hit .359 in July and led the International League in hits (37), extra-base hits (18), total bases (71), triples (four), hit-by-pitch (five), slugging percentage (.689) and OPS (1.125). He hit for the cycle on July 26 and recorded 10 multi-hit games during the month. Schebler, 25, was originally selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 26th round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of Des Moines Area Community College.
Reno Aces (Diamondbacks) outfielder Mitch Haniger led professional baseball in July for extra-base hits (25), which tops the Pacific Coast League for most in a single month since 2011. He also led the league in runs scored (30), hits (45), total bases (93), doubles (13), home runs (11), RBI (35), slugging (.830) and OPS (1.279). Haniger was traded to the Diamondbacks in 2014 after being drafted by the Brewers 38th overall in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft out of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
Hartford Yard Goats (Rockies) outfielder Noel Cuevas led the Eastern League with a .425 batting average over 23 games in July. He also ranked in the top three in hits (37), on-base percentage (.440), slugging (.598) and OPS (1.037). Cuevas, 24, was originally selected by the Dodgers in the 21st round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of Universidad Interamericana in Puerto Rico.
Biloxi Shuckers (Brewers) right-hander Brandon Woodruff led the Southern League with a 0.29 ERA over five starts as the league batted just .157 against him in 30.2 innings. Woodruff allowed only one earned run in July, and his lone loss was the result of one unearned run. Woodruff, 23, was selected by Milwaukee in the 11th round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft out of Mississippi State University.
Arkansas Travelers (Angels) second baseman Andrew Daniel tied for the Texas League lead in hits (37) and finished in the top three in average (.378), runs scored (20), on-base percentage (.452), slugging (.572) and OPS (1.024). Daniel, 23, was selected by Los Angeles in the 11th round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of San Diego.
Bakersfield Blaze (Mariners) right-hander Zack Littell went 4-0 with a league-best 0.84 ERA in five starts to capture California League Player of the Month honors. Littell allowed only three runs over 32.0 innings, while walking three. His WHIP (0.75) and batting average against (.184) were good for second best in the league. Littell, 20, was drafted by the Mariners in the 11th round of the 2013 First Year Player Draft out of Eastern Alamance High School in Mebane, North Carolina.
Frederick Keys (Orioles) third baseman Aderlin Rodriguez led the Carolina League in average (.375), total bases (77), RBI (28), slugging (.688) and OPS (1.110). His eight home runs and 42 hits in July were good for second in the league. Rodriguez, 24, was signed by the New York Mets in 2008 as a non-drafted free agent from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Palm Beach Cardinals right-hander Matt Pearce posted a 1.93 ERA over six July starts in the Florida State League. He led the league with 46.2 innings pitched and two complete games as he worked at least eight innings in four of his six starts. Pearce walked just two batters in July and was tagged with the loss on July 13 despite not allowing an earned run over eight innings pitched. Pearce was drafted by the Cardinals in the 13th round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft out of Polk State College.
Cedar Rapids Kernels (Twins) first baseman Zander Wiel led the Midwest League in extra-base hits (18), home runs (8), RBI (24) and slugging (.660), while his runs scored (21), total bases (66) and walks (17) were second overall. His month of July included both a nine-game and a 10-game hitting streak. Wiel was drafted by the Twins in the 12th round of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft out of Vanderbilt University.
Delmarva Shorebirds (Orioles) catcher Yermin Mercedes hit .375 in July and led the South Atlantic League in hits (36), extrabase hits (17), total bases (62) and OPS (1.105). He took a 14-game hitting streak into the beginning of July that included seven consecutive multi-hit games. Mercedes, 23, was recently promoted to Single-A Frederick after signing with the Orioles as a minor league free agent on May 30, 2015.
Lowell Spinners (Red Sox) right fielder Tyler Hill led the New York-Penn League in hitting (.432), hits (35), total bases (50) and slugging (.617). His torrid month of July included both an 11-game and an eight-game hitting streak over a total of 22 games. Hill was drafted by the Red Sox with the 20th overall pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft out of Delaware Military Academy in Wilmington.
Eugene Emeralds (Cubs) left-hander Jose Paulino dominated the Northwest League with a league-best 0.72 ERA over four starts. He allowed only two earned runs, 12 hits and two walks over 25.0 innings pitched while striking out 27. Paulino also led the league in wins (4), WHIP (0.56) and batting average against (.138). His 0.51 ERA over six total starts with the Emeralds earned him a promotion to the South Bend Cubs on July 25. Paulino was signed by the Cubs as a non-drafted free agent out of San Cristobal, Dominican Republic, in 2012.
Bluefield Blue Jays third baseman Nash Knight led the Appalachian League in hitting (.407), slugging (.605), and OPS (1.089) over 22 games in July. His hits (35), RBI (22), and OBP (.489) were good for second overall. Knight, 23, signed as a nondrafted free agent in 2015 out of Dallas Baptist University. He was recently promoted to the Vancouver Canadians.
Idaho Falls Chukars (Royals) catcher Meibrys Viloria hit .420 in July with 64 total bases, 15 extra-base hits and 28 RBI in 21 games. He led the Pioneer league in slugging (.727) and OPS (1.191). Viloria, 19, was signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Royals in 2013 out of Cartagena, Colombia.
Gulf Coast Blue Jays right-hander Joel Espinal led the Gulf Coast League in ERA (0.38), earned runs (one), WHIP (0.58) and average against (.148) with a 3-0 record in July. He allowed 12 hits and two walks while striking out 24 batters in 24.0 innings. Espinal, 19, was signed as a non-drafted free agent in 2015 out of Moncion, Dominican Republic. He was recently promoted to the Rookie-Level Bluefield Blue Jays.
Arizona League Angels outfielder Ryan Vega hit .380 with 19 hits, 12 runs scored and 16 RBI in 13 games in July. Vega, 19, was drafted in the 14th round of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft out of El Paso Community College. He was recently promoted to the Orem Owlz.
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