Tucson Padres Hitter/Pitcher June ’13
The Tucson Padres had a great month of June, claiming first place in the division near the end of the month.
Tucson finished off the month of June six games above .500, with a record of 44-38.
The T-Pads are playing strong as a team, but there are a couple of individuals who had better months of June than the rest.
On the offensive side of the game infielder Cody Decker had the best month of June for Tucson.
Decker attended the University of California before being drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 22nd round of the 2009 MLB June Amateur Draft.
He was selected 654th overall that year.
Decker played in 28 games in the month of June while increasing his batting average to .333, which was 15 points higher than his May batting average.
For the month of June Decker led the team in slugging percentage .644, OPS(on base + slugging) 1.052 and home runs with seven.
He also was tied with teammate Rene Rivera for most RBIs in the month of June with 19 each.
Decker also currently leads the T-Pads in home runs on the year as he has 10, so far.
Those are not the only ways he contributed to the team he also crossed home plate 14 times and had an on base percentage of .408 which were second to teammate Dean Anna.
The only area Decker could improve upon is his walk to strikeout ratio as he struck-out 22 times compared to his 11 walks.
Now we shall toss it over to the pitching side.
Pitcher Sean O’Sullivan had the best performance for Tucson in the month of June. He also had the best performance for the month of May.
O’Sullivan was drafted in the third round of the 2005 MLB June Amateur Draft by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
He was picked 103 overall.
O’Sullivan played in the Angels farm system from ’06 to ’10 and then he bounced between the farm systems of the Kansas City Royals and Toronto Blue Jays between ’11 and ’12 before coming to the T-Pads this year.
O’Sullivan was 4-1 with a 3.34 ERA for the month of June.
He started six games for for Tucson and threw a total of 35 innings for Tucson in the span of the month.
O’Sullivan allowed 13 earned runs in June which was one more than he allowed in the May.
For the month he led the team in wins(4), innings pitched(35) and strikeouts(28). His strikeouts were down seven from his May total.
Opponents batting average against him for the month of June was .285, while his groundout to fly-out ratio was 1.15.
On the season O’Sullivan leads his team in wins(7), strikeouts(84), ERA(3.70) and WHIP(1.38).
He is tied with 10 players for third in the Pacific Coast League in wins.
The T-Pads will hope to continue to receive production from these two players as well as the rest of the team as it tries to maintain its first place contentions in the coming months.