Reds Minor League Players of the Month – June Doug Gray July 2, 2008 4 Comments Hitter of the Month – Zach Cozart (Dayton) The shortstop hit .309/.353/.606 with 7 doubles, 3 triples and 5 HR on the month to go with 13 runs scored and 9 RBI. June was far and away his best month, lets hope he keeps it up. Other nominees – Todd Frazier, Danny Dorn, Shaun Cumberland, Adam Rosales and Chris Dickerson Starting Pitcher of the Month – Sam Lecure (Chattanooga) The right hander went 4-1 with a 1.73 ERA in June. In 36.1 innings he allowed just 23 hits and 10 walks while striking out 31 batters. He didn’t allow a HR for the entire month and struck out at least 6 batters in 4 of his 6 starts on the month. Other nominees: James Avery, Scott Carroll and Luis Montano. Relief Pitcher of the Month – Robert Manuel – (Chattanooga) For the second straight month Robert Manuel edges out Ramon Geronimo for this one. He pitched 15.1 innings, allowed just 8 hits and 2 walks to go with a 1.17 ERA and 19 strikeouts. He has been downright dominating for the Lookouts. Other nominees: Ramon Geronimo, Carlos Fisher and Josh Roenicke. 4 Responses Srikant July 2, 2008 I’m disappointed with the Cody Strait trade, but I guess the FO made the decision of which OF they thought might not be ML material? I liked Cody. This shows you again why Corey Patterson is the devil incarnate. Why is this guy earning a check and taking time and roster spots from guys like Cody? Grande Donkey July 2, 2008 If Cozart gets it going with the bat for a prolonged period of time he will fly up Reds prospect list. Hope he keeps it up. Doug Gray July 2, 2008 I am not completely disappointed with the trade, because Strait has clearly been passed up on the Reds depth chart and hopefully now he will get more playing time as will the guys in Chattanooga. D July 3, 2008 Still not sold on Cozart, but this is certainly a big step in the right direction. If he can at least match the avg and OBP numbers in July and August then i’ll take notice. I’d still have him outside the Reds top 10 prospects, maybe even outside the top 15, even after graduating Bruce, Votto, and Cueto and not counting Bailey. The D has been a little less than advertised as well from what i’ve seen, but still pretty solid.