Jason Perry swung a hot bat in June.
June has officially come and gone and we have the final numbers to prove it. Inside, we take our monthly look around the Oakland A's system to identify the top performers out in the field and on the mound for the month of June.
Infielder of the Month: Brant Colamarino
Colamarino exploded at the plate in the month of June after a lackluster start to his season. The first baseman hit .374 with a .432 on-base percentage and a .589 slugging percentage. He knocked in 19 runs and collected 15 extra-base hits, including four triples. Colamarino’s season average rose from .254 to .299 in the month of June. He has carried that hot hitting over into July thus far, as he is 6-17 (.353) in five July games.
Myron Leslie, .330/.400/.577. Leslie also recovered from a slow start to his season with a terrific June that saw his season average rise from .260 to .289 and his homerun total rise from three to nine. He has already added two more homeruns in July to move into a tie for the Stockton Ports’ team lead with 11.
Jeff Baisley, .337/.416/.495. Baisley’s June wasn’t quite as good as his May, when he hit .373 with six homers. However, no one can complain about his June production, which was still outstanding. Baisley is the only A’s minor leaguer with more than 60 RBIs so far this season (he has 67) and he leads the A’s system with 14 homers.
Catcher of the Month: Kurt Suzuki
Suzuki almost took home this award in April, when he hit .362 with a .476 on-base percentage. Suzuki had a similarly outstanding month in June and this time he takes home the prize for his efforts. The Midland backstop hit .341 with a .459 on-base percentage and a .484 slugging percentage in the month of June. He drove in 17 runs and walked 16 times against only six strikeouts in 24 June games. Suzuki’s June was a nice rebound from a down month of May, when he hit only .238 and he struck out 22 times.
Anthony Recker, .276/.323/.552. Recker earns a mention this month for his outstanding power production. He hit six homers and six doubles in June; he had only three homers and six doubles in the months of May and April combined.
John Baker, .314/.402/.429. Once again Baker saw more regular playing time due to the absence of Jeremy Brown, who spent some time in Oakland on the A’s bench. Baker took advantage of the opportunity and, as a reward, has seen his playing time stay fairly regular even with Brown’s return to Sacramento.
Outfielder of the Month: Jason Perry
Perry was hitting better than .400 when he was promoted from AA-Midland to AAA-Sacramento on May 13. However, he quickly fell into a slump upon arriving in Sacramento, collecting only three hits in his first 43 AAA at-bats. Perry may have been in danger of being sent back down to AA, but he turned around his AAA season in June and has quickly made himself one of the River Cats’ top middle-of-the-order forces. Perry hit .343 in June with four homers, six doubles and a triple in 102 at-bats. He also drove in 22 runs and raised his AAA average from .143 at the start of June to .283 at the end of the month.
Hiram Bocachica, .271/.357/.583. Bocachica missed time in June thanks to a hamstring injury, but he still managed to collect seven extra-base hits in 48 at-bats, including three homers. He has eight homers on the season despite missing all of April and most of May.
Travis Buck, .289/.360/.522. Last month’s winner had another strong four weeks, as Buck added to his prodigious extra-base hit total with four homers and nine doubles. Buck is currently sixth in the minor leagues with 45 extra-base hits. He also added three stolen bases and had a 9:9 K:BB ratio in June.
Matt Allegra, .306/.357/.516. In a season where the A’s system has been devastated by injuries, the oft-injured Allegra has actually been relatively healthy this season. Once one of the A’s top outfield prospects, Allegra had fallen a bit off of the prospect radar with two injury-marred, strikeout-filled seasons. However, Allegra is finally putting together a solid season at AA and he only turns 25 next week despite being in the A’s system seemingly forever.
Starting Pitcher of the Month: Brad Ziegler
Ziegler wins this award for the second time this season, as the right-hander also took home the hardware in April. Ziegler pitched much better than his record would indicate, as he finished June with a 2-2 record. However, in a down month for starting pitching throughout the A’s system, Ziegler’s 2.60 ERA in six starts was enough to get him the nod for the A’s best minor league starting pitcher in June. He averaged more than seven innings a start (45 innings in total) and walked only 10 batters all month. He had one complete game and threw a scoreless inning in the Texas League All-Star game. On the season, Ziegler has seven wins, but he could easily have 10 or 11 with the way that he has pitched this season.
Jason Windsor, 3-0, 4.67 ERA in 34.2 innings pitched. Windsor’s ERA wasn’t as pretty as it has been in past months, but he pitched better than his ERA would indicate in June. The right-hander struck out 44 against only 12 walks. He still hasn’t lost at AAA and he won his eighth game for the River Cats (12th overall) on Wednesday night.
Relief Pitcher of the Month: Joe Piekarz
Piekarz spent most of the month in the bullpen, but made two starts at the end of June and was fantastic both as a starter and a reliever. The Illinois native struck out a team-high 11 in one outing and whiffed 28 in 26 innings during the month of June. He allowed only 20 hits and four walks during that span and he posted a 2.08 ERA.
Trent Peterson, 2-0, 0.87 ERA in 20.2 innings pitched. Peterson was also a swingman in June, making three relief appearances and two starts. He was outstanding in both roles, allowing only two runs in those 20.2 innings.
Brad Kilby, 0-1, 2.70 ERA in 10 innings pitched. The left-hander allowed only seven hits and four walks in June while striking out 11. He has been a steady arm in the Kane County bullpen this season.