Along with their weekly honors, the American Association also has monthly honors. One batter and one pitcher from the league gets recognition for their performance from the previous month. The award is sponsored by Rawlings, the official baseball of the independent league. The AA announced their first recipients yesterday for the month of July.
Winnipeg Goldeyes outfielder Darnell Sweeney was tabbed for the Rawlings Batter of the Month. Sweeney helped the Fish make their way to the top of the standings in the past couple of weeks, batting to a triple slash of .330/.391/.641 (1.032) with 11 doubles and seven home runs. He notched 22 RBIs and stole six bases in 25 games played. Before game started yesterday, he was at the top of the league leaderboard for extra-base hits (18), slugging percentage (.641), and total bases (66). He was also one of the top three players with the most homers, RBIs, and stolen bases.
Sweeney was selected by the Goldeyes from the Kansas City T-Bones in the dispersal draft prior to the start of the 2020 season. He was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 13th round of the 2012 draft. Sweeney was part one of the two players that the Dodgers traded to the Philadelphia Phillies for Chase Utley; he made his major-league debut with the Phillies in 2015, seeing time in 37 games at all three outfield positions as well as second and third base. In 98 at-bats, he hit .176/.286/.353 with three homers and 11 RBIs. He was traded to the back to the Dodgers with Darin Ruf for Howie Kendrick back in 2016. He appeared in the majors for two games with the Toronto Blue Jays. He landed with the T-Bones in 2019 before having his contract purchased by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Rawlings Pitcher of the Month for July is Milwaukee Milkmen’s David Holmberg. He made five starts for the Milkmen, posting a 3-1 record to go with a 2.43 ERA. The southpaw pitched 29.2 innings and allowed eight earned runs on 25 hits, striking out 30 batters, and walking eight. Holmberg owns a 5.49 ERA (7.38 FIP) in 51 MLB appearances with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Reds, and Chicago White Sox.
Some notable transactions from recent days:
- The St Paul Saints announced that they signed infielder Drew Stankiewicz, who saw time with the Sioux City Explorers last season. He spent five years in the Phillies organization and one with the Cleveland farm system before signing with Sioux City last year. He batted to a .278/.357/.392 (.750) with five homers and 52 RBI.
- The Sioux Falls Canaries are looking to keep pace with the Goldeyes, and did so by signing Double-A arm Casey Delgado yesterday. The righty spent time in the New York Mets organization, the Frontier League (independent), and the Atlantic League (independent) in 2018 where he posted a 5-10 record with a 4.90 ERA before needing Tommy John surgery. The Canaries put him right to work, giving him the nod to start on the mound against the Chicago Dogs yesterday (3 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, BB, 3 K).
- Fargo-Moorhead shuffled around their roster this past week. pitchers Cale Coshow, Tanner Kiest, and Jake Cosart were released along with catcher Blake Grant-Parks. They activated catcher Dylan Kelly from the Injured List and right-hander Tyler Wilson from the Inactive List, and put starter Bradin Hagens on the Injured List. Got all of that?