Hitter Of The Month For August

Angel Fermin Lead All Yankees Prospects in RBI

With many of the positional prospects at the higher levels struggling towards the finish line of the 2005 season, many of the top hitting performances for August were turned in from players in the short-season leagues. Our top honor as the "PinstripesPlus.com Hitter of the Month" was turned in by a player whose season ended a week ago. And the winner is....

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1B, Angel Fermin, GCL Yankees - While some players put up a better batting average or more home runs, Fermin's superb month of August helped propel the Gulf Coast League Yankees to the 2005 Championship. He lead all Yankees' minor leaguers in RBI last month with 23, a mind boggling stat considered he played in just 20 games and the Gulf Coast League regular season ended early, meaning he amassed fewer games than most hitting prospects.

In his 20 games last month, Fermin scored 19 runs, hit 6 doubles and 3 home runs, and finished the year hitting a robust .380 with runners in scoring position this year. Fermin had 5 more RBI than Sardinha, who played in 8 more games, and Jones, who played in 7 more games.

Honorable Mention

1B, Kyle Larsen, Staten Island - Larsen lead all Yankees' prospects with a .371 batting average in August. He clubbed 8 doubles and 2 home runs last month, driving in 13 runs. As much as he was on base, and considering how prolific the Staten Island offense has been, Larsen oddly enough scored just nine times in August.

His 5-hit peformance against the Brooklyn Cyclones on the final day of the month helped push the stats in his favor, but he still went hitless in just three games all of last month.

OF, Austin Jackson, GCL Yankees - "Action" Jackson was a huge catalyst for the Gulf Coast League Yankees down the stretch, hitting .354, which ranked third among all Yankees' positional prospects. And like Fermin, his production in a short amount of time was quite remarkable. In just 20 games, Jackson scored 22 runs, hit 8 doubles, drew 12 walks, and stole 8 bases.

2B, Chris Malec, GCL Yankees - While Larsen and Jackson ranked first and third in batting average among the Yankees' prospects last month, Malec wound up second with a .367 average. He had 13 RBI and scored 13 runs in just 16 games in August.

OF, Jose Tabata, GCL Yankees - Ranking fourth among all Yankees' prospects in average last month with a .347 batting average, Tabata continued to shine under the Florida sun. He had 12 runs scored, 13 RBI, and 7 stolen bases in just 19 games last month.

2B, Justin Christian, Tampa - In what is becoming the proverbial broken record, Justin Christian had another fantastic month. After getting honorable mention for the top honors in July, Christian bounced back with 14 doubles and 14 stolen bases with the Tampa Yankees in August. He had 3 triples, 2 home runs, and 19 runs scored in an offense struggling to plate runs on a daily basis. He was the good once again.

OF, Kevin Reese, Columbus - For the second straight month, Reese seemingly was the only Columbus batter to string together a solid month of play. He hit .304 with 16 runs scored in 26 games for the Clippers, clubbing three home runs and drawing 16 walks.

2B, Mario Holmann, Charleston - Holmann flew under the radar in August to post an even .333 batting average with 17 runs scored and 15 stolen bases for the Riverdogs, which ranked first among all Yankees' prospects.

1B, Ben Jones, Charleston - Jones returned to his All-Star form in August, hitting .298 with 17 walks and 18 RBI, which tied him with Sardinha for the second most runs driven in last month.

OF, Brett Gardner, Staten Island - Gardner put together another Gardner-like month in August. He lead all Yankees' prospects with 25 runs scored and 20 walks. Gardner hit .283 with 4 doubles, 2 home runs, 12 RBI, and 7 stolen bases along the way.

OF, Bronson Sardinha, Trenton - Sardinha used a hot month to secure an invitation to the Arizona Fall League, hitting .314 with two home runs, 17 runs scored, and 18 RBI. He also drew 17 walks, which equaled his combined totals from June and July.

OF, Tim Battle, Charleston: Battle can fill a box score like nobody else. He hit .277 with 18 runs scored, 8 doubles, 2 triples, 3 home runs, 15 RBI, and 8 stolen bases. He even cut down on his strikeouts. His 30 strikeouts in August were his lowest monthly total of the season - his previous low was 35 back in May.

C, Irwil Rojas, Charleston - The man makes contact more than most. He hit .342 with 5 doubles and 9 runs scored. Rojas epitomizes the phrase "productive out".

SS, Eduardo Nunez, Staten Island - Nunez hit .315 in August with seven extra-base hits and 17 RBI in 29 games. His 20 runs scored ranked fourth among the Yankees' hitting prospects last month [Marcos Vechionacci was third with 21].

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