Last month, I did my best to introduce everyone to Birmingham Barons outfielder Christian Marrero. He was my Chicago White Sox Double-A player of the month for May.
The 28 year old career minor leaguer played well as a run producer and also did a great job of getting on base.
In June, he has been even more effective across the board.
For the month, he hit .313/.414/.542 with five home runs, 11 RBIs and 13 runs scored. And once again, he drew more walks (15) than strikeouts (14) in the 24 games he played.
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His best game in June came on the 21st when he went 3-3 with a home run, two RBIs and a run scored.
Marrero has continued to play at a high level for the Barons and has started to see his numbers rank among the best in the Southern League.
Overall, Marrero is hitting .284/.386/.452 with a team-high nine home runs, 28 RBIs and 39 runs scored. His 42 walks is also good for third in the Southern League.
Anderson has hit over .300 in every month this season and his performance in June earns him honorable mention.
Anderson hit .301/.341/.422 with 10 RBIs, 12 runs scored and six stolen bases for the month. Despite not homering in June, the young shortstop did have eight extra base hits.
His best game in June came on the first of the month, just one day after hitting for the cycle. Anderson went 3-5 with a triple, two RBIs and three runs scored.
For those of you not too familiar with Anderson, check out the video below of an interview early in June with Barons broadcaster Curt Bloom.
Overall this season, Anderson is hitting .308/.332/.408 with one home run, 30 RBIs and a team best 40 runs scored. He is also 25-31 in steal attempts.
Double-A player notes
White Sox outfielder Courtney Hawkins, known best for his power, has not homered since May 21st. While he has missed some games due to injury, it is now 16 straight games without a long ball…. Speaking of missing games, Jacob May has not played since colliding with Anderson on June 2nd. He still leads the team in average and stolen bases…. I mentioned before that Marrero is third in the Southern League in walks. His teammate Danny Hayes is first with 45 walks this season…. Joey DeMichele hasn’t been player of the month yet but is having a solid season. Both he and catcher Adrian Nieto were named All-Stars joining Anderson and May as Barons’ positions players who were chosen.