Minor League Baseball announced the Players/Pitchers of the Month on Friday and the Pittsburgh Pirates had two winners. Endy Rodriguez is the Player of the Month for the South Atlantic League and Jase Bowen is the Player of the Month for the Florida State League.
Both of these players were featured here earlier this week for their performances. Bowen is our latest Player of the Week and Rodriguez is our latest Player of the Month. Those articles make note that they are two of the most versatile prospects in the system and it wouldn’t be surprising to see either of them promoted before the season ends in 5+ weeks.
Rodriguez hit .373/.489/.773 for the month, and led the SAL in July in runs, homers, RBIs, OBP, slugging percentage and OPS.
Bowen hit .309/.393/.553 for the month, and led the FSL in hits, RBIs and total bases. He was second in runs, homers and OPS.
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.
When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.
Atta boys to both!