June Hitter/Pitcher of the Month
Hitter of the month:
June totals: total crap
No one will be honored for June 2014 because no one deserves it. In a month that might (should?) go down as the worst offensive month in Padre history, there was not one shining star. All rough and no diamonds. Don’t believe it?
— The team set the MLB record for lowest batting average in a month (.171)
— The individual leader in OPS was under .700 (.670 to be exact)
— 6 players with more than 40 AB’s failed to hit at least .200
— 2 players failed to hit at least .100
— 1 player struck out once every 3 AB’s
—- As a team finished last in MLB in OPS for the month (492), 125 points lower than 2nd to last and more than 300 points lower than first place
And my favorite stat of the historic June 2014…
— Jose Abreu almost hit as many home runs (10) and the entire Padres team (11)
Pitcher of the month:
RHP – Jesse Hahn
June totals: 4-1, 1.95 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 11.71 K/9
Where would this team be without this kid? Oblivion, probably. The new man in the rotation posted a stellar month, collecting 40% of the team’s wins while posting a sub-2.00 ERA. How is he doing it? The curveball. Hahn can throw it for a strike in any count right now and he is getting both swing-throughs as well as deers in the headlights. Couple the big hook with a low 90’s fastball and there is reason to be excited. The key question for Hahn, and the reason Tampa was willing to part with him, is an injury history that is a concern moving forward. Limiting innings might limit what he can accomplish this season. However It is encouraging to mention the dude has not yet celebrated his 25th birthday.