Cedar Rapids Kernels outfielder Alex Kirilloff was named the Midwest League Player of the Month for May today, one day after being named the MWL offensive player of the week for May 28-June 3.
In 31 games last month, Kirilloff batted .360 and led the MWL in hits (41), runs batted in (25), and total bases (73). He had 19 extra-base hits, including 11 doubles and three triples, and posted a .640 slugging percentage.
Kirilloff played seven games during the May 28-June 3 period. He batted .433 (13-for-30) with three homers, three doubles, three walks, eight RBI, and eight runs scored. Overall this season, the Twins prospect is batting .332 with 10 homers, 17 doubles, three triples, 45 RBI, and 32 runs scored in 51 games with the Kernels. Minnesota drafted him No. 15 overall in 2016, but he missed the entire 2017 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery.
Draper earns weekly award
Lake County Captains LHP Zack Draper was named the Midwest League pitcher of the week for the May 28-June 3 period, after excelling in his MWL and season debut last Wednesday. He gave up only one hit and one walk while striking out five batters during six shutout innings. He left the game with a 2-0 lead, but did not get a win because the Lansing Lugnuts rallied for three runs against the Captains bullpen to notch a 3-2 victory.
Hernandez hot for Rods
Catcher Ronaldo Hernandez has been on a tear for the Bowling Green Hot Rods, with three-hit games in three of his last six games, and multiple RBI in four of those games. His two best games came back-to-back against the West Michigan Whitecaps late last week, going 3-for-5 with a grand slam, an RBI single, and a stolen base in Friday’s game, and 3-for-3 with two homers, a double, a walk, and three RBI in Saturday’s game.
Overall this season, the Tampa Bay Rays prospect is batting .311 with six homers, 13 doubles, 40 RBI, and 26 runs scored in 44 games with the Hot Rods.
Greene gets 1st pro win
Top Cincinnati Reds pitching prospect Hunter Greene, an 18-year-old right-hander with a highly-touted fastball, finally notched his first professional win Sunday. He’s had an up-and-down start to his season, getting shelled a few times, but looking as good as advertised at others.
In his win, Greene held the Lugnuts to one walk and two hits (including a solo homer by Samad Taylor) while striking out eight batters in five innings. After three straight good starts, Greene lowered his ERA to 6.32 ERA, WHIP to 1.72, and opponents’ batting average to .300. He has 44 strikeouts and 15 walks in 31.1 innings/10 starts for the Dayton Dragons this season.