Astros announce Minor League Players of the Month for August

The Houston Astros Player Development Department has named the August Minor League Pitchers and Players of the Month at each of their minor league affiliates. These awards are chosen every month by the field staff of each team.

At Triple A Oklahoma City, RHP Nick Tropeano picked up his second Pitcher of the Month award with a strong, six-start month of August. In 32.2 innings, the right-hander went 3-1 and struck out 33 batters in 32.2 innings pitched, allowing just a .218 opponents' batting average and 4.31 ERA (15ER/32.2IP). Tropeano was selected to the Major League roster on Sept. 2 after going 9-5 and becoming the first RedHawk ever to win the Pacific Coast League's ERA title (3.03). IF Joe Sclafani closed out the month of August by receiving OKC's Player of the Month honors. The 2012 14th-round pick hit .369 (38x103) with 23 runs, 10 extra-base hits, 16 RBI and a .454 on-base percentage in 27 August games. Sclafani reached base safely in each of his last 45 games to end the season, which is the PCL's longest on-base streak since Jake Elmore reached in 46 straight in 2012.

RHP Jordan Jankowski was named the August Pitcher of the Month at Double A Corpus Christi. The Astros 34th round pick in 2012 allowed just three earned runs in 20.0 innings (1.35 ERA) across four outings in the month, striking out 33 batters with only ten hits and three walks. Jankowski did not allow a run in 20.0 consecutive innings across five outings from Aug. 8-Sept. 1. Newly acquired IF Colin Moran was named the Hooks Player of the Month for August after batting .303 (33x109) with six doubles, two homers and 21 RBI in 27 games. The left-handed hitter closed out the season with a club-best 12-game hitting streak, and hit .304 (34x112) with a .350 on-base percentage in his 28 total games with the Hooks after getting acquired from the Marlins prior to the trade deadline.

Earning Class A Advanced Lancaster Pitcher of the Month honors was LHP Brian Holmes, who went 2-1 with a 3.00 ERA (9ER/27IP), 28 strikeouts and just six walks in five August outings. The 13th round selection from 2012 owns a 17-7 record with a 3.19 ERA (80ER/225.2IP) and 226 strikeouts in his three professional seasons. OF Jon Kemmer hit .305 (25x82) with seven homers, 17 RBI and a .659 slugging percentage in 21 August games en route to Player of the Month honors. The left-handed hitter posted a .291 average with 25 doubles and 16 homers between Lancaster and Class A Quad Cities this season.

LHP Chris Lee picked up Quad Cities August Pitcher of the Month honors after going 2-1 with a 2.66 ERA (7ER/23.2IP) in six outings during the month. In 14 second-half outings this year, Lee went 6-1 with a 2.91 ERA (18ER/55.2IP). OF James Ramsay was named the club's Player of the Month after batting .322 (28x87) with three homers, 12 RBI, 11 stolen bases and a .368 OBP in 23 August games. Ramsay stole 33 bases with Quad Cities this season.

RHP Joe Musgrove went 3-0 with a 1.17 ERA (4ER/30.2IP), 26 strikeouts and three walks in August before receiving Class A Short Season Tri-City Pitcher of the Month honors. After losing his first outing of the year, the 6-foot-5 right-hander went 7-0 with a 2.58 ERA (21ER/73.1IP) over his last 14 games of the season while receiving a New York-Penn League Pitcher of the Week award (Aug. 18-25). OF Terrell Joyce took home Tri-City's Player of the Month Award after hitting seven homers with six doubles, 20 RBI and a .974 OPS (.365 OBP/.610 SLG) in 25 August games.

At Rookie Level Greeneville, RHP Agapito Barrios was named the club's August Pitcher of the Month after going 2-0 with a 0.77 ERA (2ER/23.1IP) and 22 strikeouts. The 20-year-old went 5-0 and led the Appalachian League with a 2.09 ERA (13ER/56IP) this season. OF Ydarqui Marte hit three doubles and two homers with six RBI, 12 walks and a .350 on-base percentage in 20 games in August before receiving Greeneville's Player of the Month award.

RHP Harold Arauz and OF Alexander Melendez received the GCL Pitcher and Player of the Month awards for August. Arauz combined to go 1-1 with a 4.09 ERA (10ER/22IP) and 29 strikeouts in six August games between the GCL and Greeneville. Arauz was named the Appalachian League Pitcher of the Week for the week of Aug. 18-25. Melendez earned his second consecutive GCL Player of the Month award after hitting .393 (11x28) with two doubles, five RBI and a .964 OPS in 12 combined games between Greeneville and the GCL in August.

In the Dominican Summer League, the Astros named a pitcher and player of the month for each of their two clubs. For the DSL Astros Blue club, RHP Erasmo Pinales (1-0, 0.86 ERA, 17 K's, 21.0 IP) received Pitcher of the Month honors while IF Wander Franco (.323, 4 2B, 1 HR, 9 RBI, .392 OBP) picked up Player of the Month honors.

For the DSL Astros Orange club, RHP Edgardo Sandoval (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 10 K's, 17.0 IP) was named Pitcher of the Month and OF Edgar Lorenzo (.302, 5 2B, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 6 SB, .431 OBP) was named Player of the Month.


Month Oklahoma City (AAA) Corpus Christi (AA) Lancaster (A) Quad Cities (A)
April LHP Rudy Owens LHP Tommy Shirley RHP Kyle Smith RHP Gonzalo Sanudo
May RHP Jake Buchanan LHP Tommy Shirley LHP Josh Hader RHP Jandel Gustave
June RHP Nick Tropeano LHP Luis Cruz RHP Juan Minaya LHP Evan Grills
July LHP Kevin Chapman RHP Tyson Perez LHP Josh Hader LHP Albert Minnis
August RHP Nick Tropeano RHP Jordan Jankowski LHP Brian Holmes LHP Chris Lee


Month Tri-City (SS-A) Greeneville (R) GCL Astros (R) DSL Astros (R)
June - - - LHP Cristhopher Santamaria
        RHP Erasmo Pinales
July RHP Troy Scribner RHP Angel Heredia RHP Elieser Hernandez LHP Salvador Montano
        RHP Juan Hernandez
August RHP Joe Musgrove RHP Agapito Barrios RHP Harold Arauz RHP Erasmo Pinales
        RHP Edgardo Sandoval


Month Oklahoma City (AAA) Corpus Christi (AA) Lancaster (A) Quad Cities (A)
April IF Jon Singleton OF Preston Tucker IF Tony Kemp OF Brett Phillips
May OF Domingo Santana IF Matt Duffy IF Carlos Correa C Brian Holberton
June IF Gregorio Petit OF Leo Heras IF Conrad Gregor IF Tyler White
July C Carlos Perez IF Telvin Nash IF Rio Ruiz IF Chase McDonald
August IF Joe Sclafani IF Colin Moran OF Jon Kemmer OF James Ramsay


Month Tri-City (SS-A) Greeneville (R) GCL Astros (R) DSL Astros (R)
June - - - IF Cristopher Luciano
        IF Connor MacDonald
July IF Nick Tanielu OF Jason Martin OF Alexander Melendez OF Rodrigo Ayarza
        IF Frankeny Fernandez
August OF Terrell Joyce OF Ydarqui Marte OF Alexander Melendez IF Wander Franco
        OF Edgar Lorenzo