Scott Kingery Among Minor League Baseball's Players Of The Month
Reading second baseman Scott Kingery was red hot in May. How hot was he? The 23-year-old second baseman led the Eastern League with 10 home runs, 30 RBIs, 84 total bases, 20 extra-base hits, a 1.055 OPS, a .667 slugging percentage and eight stolen bases. The month was just an extension of his scalding regular season, in which he's swatted an MiLB-best 17 home runs. Only Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge, who's gone deep 18 times this year, has more home runs across the sport.
Here are the rest of the players of the month in the minors, as named by Minor League Baseball.
League: International Winner: Tom Eshelman Why He Won: Eshelman went 3-0, 1.50 and led the IL in innings (38.2) despite making his first start of the month with Double-A Reading (Phillies). He also struck out 25 against just four walks.
League: Pacific Coast Winner: Luke Weaver Why He Won: Weaver went 5-0, 2.19 and struck out 37 against just six walks in 37 innings for Memphis (Cardinals).
League: Southern Winner: Nick Gordon Why He Won: Gordon led the SL in runs (22), total bases (58), extra-base hits (17), doubles (11) and triples (3) for Chattanooga (Twins).
League: Texas Winner: Matt Pearce Why He Won: Pearce posted five wins and held opposing hitters to a .194 average. He allowed just two earned runs over 33 innings and threw two complete games for Springfield (Cardinals).
League: California Winner: Brendan Rodgers Why He Won: Rodgers hit .409 in May, and notched a minor league-best 21 extra-base hits and 86 total bases. The shortstop also swatted eight home runs for Lancaster (Rockies).
League: Florida State Winner: Shed Long Why He Won: Long had 14 multi-hit games, including five three-hit games. He batted .359 over 27 games in May for Daytona (Reds).
League: Carolina Winner: Michael Chavis Why He Won: Chavis posted a 1.101 OPS in May and led the league in average (.368), hits (42), runs (24), doubles (12), homers (seven), RBI (30), extra-base hits (20), total bases (77), slugging (.675) at Salem (Red Sox).
League: Midwest Winner: Jon Duplantier Why He Won: The former Rice righthander went 4-0, 0.79 in May and permitted just 17 hits in 34 innings. He struck out 34 during the month for Kane County (Diamondbacks)
Dakota Chalmers Awaits His Big League Chance
The righthander, who was acquired in the Fernando Rodney trade, showed impressive stuff in his return from injury last season.
League: South Atlantic Winner: Nick Fanti Why He Won: Fanti went 3-0, 1.05 and pitched the first 8.2 innings of Lakewood (Phillies)'s no-hitter against Columbia on May 6. He allowed just 12 hits in 25.2 May innings, just three went for extra-bases.