Codey Harrison: In an effort to bring you the excitement of the minor leagues’ best players and how well they are performing on the field, we are introducing a monthly minor league players of the month feature. From the very well-known prospects, to the not so well-known: if they are raking at the plate, or dominating on the mound for an entire month, they have a chance of winning our monthly honor. Now it’s time to find out who we feel dominated the MiLB in the month of July:


Dan Straily – RHP Oakland Athletics: Straily was recently promoted to the Major Leagues (6 Innings, 1 run allowed in MLB Debut). But before that, Dan Straily was dominating Pacific Coast League Hitters. A 24th round pick of the 2009 draft out of Marshall University, Straily went from being considered just an organizational fill-out a minor league roster type player, to a legit starting pitcher prospect who projects as a number 2, or 3 starter at the big league level. Most scouts believe that Straily has 3 big league average, to above average pitches right now. His pitching arsenal includes a mid-90′s fastball, with an above average curveball that is complimented with a very solid change-up. Since his promotion to AAA Sacramento, Straily shutdown the Pacific Coast League, which is a notoriously hitters friendly league. In 6 July starts, Straily’s numbers were off the charts: pitching 40 innings, allowing only 6 runs on 19 hits; good for a 1.35 ERA. He also posted an outstanding strikeout to walk ratio, striking out 51 while only walking 9 batters. Those impressive numbers are the reason Dan Straily beat out so many quality prospects to win minor league pitcher of the month for July.


Gary Brown – Outfielder San Francisco Giants: Brown who was the Giants first round pick of the 2010 draft out of Cal State Fullerton got off to a horrendous start at the beginning of the 2012 season. Although of late, Brown has been white-hot at the plate. In July alone, Gary Brown had 18 extra base hits, along with 8 stolen bases, and a robust .355 batting average. Brown is easily the top prospect in the Giants farm system, and he was the number 34 prospect in our Top-50-Prospects. Brown who is currently in AA Richmond, is a 6’1″ speedy center fielder, who has shown a very good ability to hit for average and enough power for a center fielder. With current stars Melky Cabrera, and newly acquired Hunter Pence in the Giants outfield, Gary Brown could really solidify that group in future years. Brown will likely bat leadoff and play center field (ETA 2013), while Melky plays left and Hunter Pence in right field. Those impressive accolades helped make the July positional player of the month choice just a little bit easier.

Honorable Mentions: position Players –  Billy Hamilton Short Stop (Reds), Adam Eaton Outfielder (Diamondbacks), Joey Gallo First Baseman (Rangers), Javier Baez Short Stop (Cubs), Pitchers – Tyler Skaggs LHP (Diamondbacks), Gerrit Cole RHP (Pirates), Carlos Martinez RHP (Cardinals), Tyler Anderson LHP (Rockies).

Today’s article was prepared by Codey Harrison, MiLB Prospects Analyst. We would like your feedback, so please feel free to comment on the article below, and share in discussion with our readers. You can also follow Codey on Twitter (@ProspectsMLB)

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