OaklandClubhouse Minor League Player of the Month: May
Anthony Aliotti, Midland Rockhounds
Stats: .400/.496/.686, 6 HR, 22:23 BB:K, 24 RBI in 29 G
Aliotti was a runner-up for this award in April, when he hit a measly .330 with a 910 OPS. He put those numbers to shame in May, hitting for average, drawing even more walks and adding a bigger power element to his game.
What has been most impressive about Aliotti's season to date is his improvement against left-handed pitching. Long an area of weakness for the first-baseman, Aliotti is batting .322/.452/.458 with a homer and 14 walks in 59 at-bats versus southpaws this season.
Aliotti has little left to prove in the Texas League. He had a solid season for Midland last year and this year he is leading the Texas League in batting by 22 points and on-base percentage by six points. With eight homeruns, Aliotti is poised to best his single-season career-high (11) by the All-Star break. Assuming he is still in Midland at the break, Aliotti is a shoo-in for his second consecutive appearance in the Texas League's midsummer classic.
Scott Moore, Sacramento: .341/.434/.659, 7 HR, 22 RBI in 25 G
The veteran Moore shook off a slow month of April (682 OPS) to put together a standout month of May. Moore maintained roughly the same K:BB from April to May, but he hit for nearly 100 points higher in average and connected on seven homeruns after going homerless in April. In addition to driving in 22 runs, Moore scored 22 times, helping to jumpstart a River Cats' offense that ranks second in the PCL in runs scored.
Bruce Maxwell, Beloit: .365/.417/.500, 8:11 BB:K in 74 AB
Maxwell's bat has warmed with the Midwest's weather, as he hit for more than 120 points higher in May than he did in April. He also continued to make contact at a high rate, striking out just 11 times in 74 at-bats. He has only 19 strike-outs in 152 at-bats for the year, third fewest amongst players in the Midwest League with more than 150 at-bats.
Tyler Ladendorf, Midland: .338/.392/.544, 2 HR, 8 2B
Ladendorf split his April between Midland and Sacramento and had inconsistent playing time. Back playing everyday with Midland in May, Ladendorf has responded with a big month at the plate. He hit for average and posted a solid line-drive percentage (26.3%). If a spot clears in the Sacramento infield, Ladendorf is likely to get another look with the River Cats.
Rashun Dixon, Beloit/Stockton (.247/.402/.494, 6 HR, 24 BB in 25 G); Renato Nunez, Beloit (.286/.339/.482, 5 HR, 19 RBI in 29 G); Ryan Mathews, Beloit (.301/.376/.458, 3 HR, 12 RBI in 28 G); Chris Bostick, Beloit (.300/.381/.410, 2 HR, 13 BB, 6 SB in 29 G)