From the starters to the bullpen, the Drillers arms were loaded in July, and really carried the team. Some position players had good months, but nothing compared to the staff.
Samuel Deduno led the way on the mound, as he was stellar in his five starts. The right-hander won four of his five starts, posting a 1.20 earned run average, and batters hit under .200 against him. Jhoulys Chacin was also stellar, putting up a 1.64 ERA in three starts, but has since been promoted to the big league club.
Kurt Birkins and Esmil Rogers both made one good start for the team as well, and Brandon Durden was 3-0 in his four starts. Durden had a 2.42 earned run average, showing good control, as he baffled batters all month long. Chaz Roe also pitched well, as only Keith Weiser struggled in the starting role in July.
Tommy Baumgardner led the bullpen, appearing 11 games, while posting a 1.15 earned run average. He struck out better than a batter per inning, while holding the opposition to a .225 batting average. Edgmer Escalona led the team with 12 appearances, as he picked up four saves in the month. Andrew Johnston had a perfect 0.00 earned run average in his eight appearances, while Matt Reynolds was also stellar from the pen.
Darin Holcomb led the way offensively for the Drillers, as he continued his hot hitting since the All-Star break. The infielder led the team with a .314 batting average, and smacked a team-high six home runs. The third baseman also was the only prospect with 30 or more hits, while scoring a team-high 21 times. Brad Corley also batted over .300 in the month, hitting .306, as he appeared in 22 games for the team. Corley hit two home runs, scoring six times, while collecting 15 hits.
Daniel Mayora made a big push to .300 in the month, batting .290, as the infielder was second on the team with seven doubles. Cole Garner batted .289 in 25 games, driving in a team-high 15 runs, while smacking four home runs. Michael McKenry, the team’s backstop, batted .273, as he also had seven doubles in the month.
Batter of the Month: Darin Holcomb
Pitcher of the Month: Samuel Deduno
Drillers Bits: The Drillers took a big hit in their playoff push when Chacin was promoted to the big league club. Still, the team has been getting great pitching, and some big name prospects are starting to heat up. They are currently three games back of NW Arkansas for first place in the Texas League North Division.