The Bull League’s players of the month for June have been announced, and the top hitters were revealed as Gabel Reyes for the LL and Chitoji Yamada for the AEL.
Reyes, the Minneapolis Ravens center fielder, went .314 in June with an OPS of 1.043, contributing 11 home runs to make 13 for the season. Reyes has been a fixture in the cleanup role for about half his appearances, and has been particularly effective from there, batting .359 from the #4 slot.
The Nevada Speeders’ Yamada signing in the off-season, at $85.5 million over six years, is turning out to be a great addition to the Speeders offense. The 28-year-old left fielder is having a very good first season in the Bull League, homering 10 times through June and batting .341.
PITCHERS OF THE MONTH
For the second month in a row, a Toronto Nomad hurler has earned the top top pitcher honors. Jim Torelli, who came over in a trade with Anchorage (now St. Pete’s) last July at the deadline, having only pitched in 1 game at the major level before, is now 4-0 with the Lake League’s top ERA of 1.45. He struck out 31 batters in 40.2 innings through June, crafting a WHIP of just 1.01.
St. Petersburg was still stocked with great arms after that 2017 trade, however, and starter Jose Soto is great proof of that as he picked up his third Pitcher of the Month award in two seasons. Soto was named the AEL’s top hurler for June after going 4-1 with a 2.98 ERA in 6 starts, striking out 63 batters in 45.1 innings. He is in the running for a pitcher’s Triple Crown this year should he maintain his current pace.
TOP ROOKIES NAMED
The top rookie players for the month of June were also just announced. Evandro Cerigo, the new RF for the Ravens, got the nod. Another international free agent acquired in the offseason, the 25-year-old Cerigo is hitting .275 after 36 games, but was an impressive .304 through June, with 9 of his 11 home runs coming last month.
For the American Eagle League, the top newcomer was Tak-keung Yang, also an international free agent, from Taiwan. The Arizona Cowboys 29-year-old first baseman batted .380 last month, with 11 homers and 6 doubles, crafting an OPS of 1.236.