Minnesota Twins Top Minor League Performers for July 2017

FORT MYERS, FL - MARCH 3: Mitch Garver
FORT MYERS, FL - MARCH 3: Mitch Garver /
7 of 8

GCL Twins

July Record: 15-12
Overall Record: 20-14, first place in the South division

Overall Leaders

BA: Alex Robles .327
OBP: Kerby Camacho .472
SLG: Kerby Camacho .464
HR: Royce Lewis and Alex Robles 3
SB: Royce Lewis 10
G: Amilcar Cruz and Vadim Balan 9
IP: Pedro Garcia 31
K: Pedro Garcia 25
ERA: Brusdar Graterol 1.40
WHIP: Blayne Enlow 0.60

Month Leaders

BA: Ben Rodriguez .343
OBP: Colton Burns .526
SLG: Ben Rodriguez .507
HR: Alex Robles, Royce Lewis 2
SB: Royce Lewis 7
G: Juan Mojica, Amilcar Cruz 7
IP: Pedro Garcia 19 1/3
K: Carlos Suniaga 18
ERA: Brusdar Graterol 1.76
WHIP: Brusdar Graterol 0.85

Hitter of the month: When the Minnesota Twins announced their 6’6″, 235-pound (more like 250, but we’ll leave that alone for now) 38th-round selection in this past June’s draft as a catcher, many were surprised to say the least, but that is exactly the position that Ben Rodriguez played at Pepperdine. In spite of his huge frame and prodigious batting practice power displays, he struggled to bring that power into games, which is how the Twins got him so late. He’s played first base for the Twins so far, and the ball hasn’t been leaving the yard, but he’s done nothing but hit, and July was impressive, as Rodriguez hit .343/.443/.507 with 9 runs, 6 doubles, a triple, a home run, 20 RBI, and 4 stolen bases.

Pitcher of the month: He’s no longer with the GCL team simply because of the strength of his performance in July, earning him a promotion to Elizabethton. Brusdar Graterol has not been healthy enough to show off the incredible abilities his arm possesses before this summer, but he’s definitely letting people know with his performance so far this season. In July for GCL, he made 4 appearances, throwing 15 1/3 innings, posting a 1.76 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, and a 4/17 BB/K ratio.

Next: DSL Twins