Minnesota Twins Top Minor League Performers for July 2017

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Chattanooga Lookouts

July Record: 22-8
Overall Record: 70-38, 28-10 second half, 1st place North division (already clinched playoff spot with first half division title)

Overall Leaders

BA: Carlos Paulino .375
OBP: Carlos Paulino .461
SLG: Andy Wilkins .523
HR: Jonathan Rodriguez 15
SB: Nick Gordon 12
G: Luke Bard 32
IP: Felix Jorge 107 2/3
K: Fernando Romero 112
ERA: Nik Turley 0.37
WHIP: Nik Turley 0.53

Month Leaders

BA: Jonathan Rodriguez .383
OBP: Jonathan Rodriguez .455
SLG: Jonathan Rodriguez .652
HR: Andy Wilkins, Jonathan Rodriguez 6
SB: Ryan Walker 4
G: Luke Bard, Nick Anderson 10
IP: Kohl Stewart 33
K: Fernando Romero, Stephen Gonsalves 36
ERA: Raul Fernandez 0.59
WHIP: Nick Anderson 0.39

Hitter of the month: Signed as a minor league free agent this season after spending the previous 8 years in the St. Louis Cardinals organization, Jonathan Rodriguez has been one of the biggest positive surprises in the entire Minnesota Twins system this year. Leading the entire Twins system in OPS, home runs and RBI. In July, he had his best month yet, hitting .383/.455/.652 with 28 runs scored, 13 doubles, 6 home runs, 22 RBI, and even stole a base for good measure. Rodriguez may be earning a chance at AAA and maybe even a look at the major league level with his production this season.

Pitcher of the month: The Chattanooga bullpen has had multiple big name arms this season, from Nick Burdi to Jake Reed to Tyler Jay to many more. One of the guys who didn’t start with the team and found his way up to AA after a successful start of the year at high-A was Nick Anderson, a right-hander who was originally drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers but had worked his way to independent ball before the Twins signed him in 2015. This year, Anderson was tremendous at Fort Myers before being promoted, and in July, Anderson had his best month as one of the closers for the Lookouts. He pitched in 10 games, throwing 10 1/3 innings and saving 4 games with a 0.87 ERA, 0.39 WHIP, and putting up a stellar 1/14 BB/K ratio.

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