Oakland A's Minor League Player of the Month – June
Chris Bostick, Beloit Snappers
Stats: .391/.441/.652, six homeruns, six stolen bases, 25 RBI. Bostick's 877 OPS for the season ranks sixth in the Midwest League.
There was no shortage of good candidates for A's minor league position player of the month this June, but Bostick earned the edge over his competition for hitting nearly .400 for an entire month in the pitcher-friendly Midwest League. The 20-year-old has firmly placed himself in the discussion of best infielders in the Midwest League this season and he is shooting up the A's prospect charts.
Bostick did a bit of everything in June. He hit for high average, he took his walks, he hit for power and he stole six bases. The New York state native can play several roles offensively for Ryan Christenson's Snappers, as he can man the top of the order or play run-producer in the middle of the order. He has been a team MVP on a Beloit squad that has been one of the best in the league all season.
This month was the most difficult month to choose a single winner, as several players had other-wordly June performances.
Max Muncy, Stockton (.340/.425/.710, 11 homeruns, 37 RBI, 15:19 BB:K ratio)
Muncy led the A's minor league system in OPS for the month of June and narrowly missed out on taking home this award to Bostick. The Stockton first-baseman had almost a third of his hits for the month leave the park. Muncy made a nice adjustment after hitting eight homers in April and then only one in May. He leads the Cal League in homers and walks and is second in RBI and eighth in OPS.
Grant Green, Sacramento (.372/.411/.645, 7 homeruns, 10 doubles)
Green is putting up the best numbers of his career in his second season with the River Cats. The second baseman added a power element to his game in June, almost doubling his season total in one month. Green has hit for average all season and has started to become a dangerous run producer for the River Cats.
Addison Russell, Stockton (.333/.367/.622, 17 extra-base hits, seven stolen bases)
After dominating three levels during his pro debut season last year, Russell got off to a slow start with the Ports in 2013. Entering June, his average was hovering around .200 and his OPS was well below 800. After a blistering month of June, however, Russell's OPS is back in the 800s and his average is over .250. He is still one of the youngest players in the California League and continues to impress coaches with his poise, as well as his raw ability.
B.A. Vollmuth, Stockton (.337/.371/.602, 15 extra-base hits)
June may have been a season-saving month for Vollmuth, who had a .155 average in April and an .090 average in May. Things turned around in a hurry for the 2011 third-round pick in June. While his season numbers are still down compared to expectations, he is trending the right way. Despite the slow start, Vollmuth has 11 homeruns in his first 68 games with the Ports.
Daric Barton, Sacramento (.275/.464/.450, 27:8 BB:K ratio)
Barton has always had a plus understanding of the strike-zone, but his walk-to-strike-out numbers in June were plain ridiculous. Barton averaged more than one walk per game played. He also hit for a decent average and finished the month with seven extra-base hits over his last 10 games.
Also ConsideredBobby Crocker, Stockton (.274/.346/.575, 13 extra-base hits, five stolen bases); Anthony Aliotti, Midland (.333/.453/.460, 19 walks in 24 games); Jake Goebbert, Midland (.268/.381/.515, 23 RBI); B.J. Boyd, Vermont (.396/.453/.500 in first 13 games of the NY-Penn Lg season); Ryan Huck, AZL A's (.459/.500/.784, 2 homers, 10 RBI in first nine games of AZL season)