Players of the Month: June
Hitter of the month:
1B/OF – Kyle Blanks, 283/327/491, 5 HR, 18 RBI
The big man barely beats Carlos Quentin (who is quietly red hot right now) for June honors. Not only did Blanks lead the team in nearly every offensive category (R, H, HR, 2B, RBI) but he also had some high-leverage AB’s, including the game winning 3-run home run to beat Arizona to cap an undefeated homestand. Blanks is also on pace to set career-highs in every offensive category. But 2 questions still remain: can he stay healthy and where will he play when all the Padres DL residents are back? If Blanks has another month like June, he will force Buddy to find a place for him in the lineup.
Pitcher of the month:
RHP – Andrew Cashner, 1-0, 2.53 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 20 SO, 0 HR allowed
Both Cash and Eric Stults have established themselves as the top to pitchers in the rotation. Stults nearly went back to back by nabbing May and June, but Cashner wins for consistency. The pitchers’ numbers are nearly identical but Cashner was more consistent. In June, Cashner went at least 6 innings in every start and never allowed more than 3 runs in any start. Cashner also did not allow a home run in the month, which is remarkable. The stinker in Miami messed up a sparkling June for Stults. One interesting note on Cashner: with only 20 SO in 35 innings, he is striking out fewer batters than he has previously in his career. This is not a trend he wants to continue.