Tucson Padres Player and Pitcher of the Month: July
The Tucson Padres were one game under .500 for the month of July as they won 14 out of the 29 games played in the month.
The second half of the season for the T-Pads has been much better than the first, as they were 1-6 in the first seven games on the season.
The first seven games after the All-Star break saw the T-Pads improve as they went 3-4 for its first seven games after the break.
The hitter for the month of July is first baseman Matt Clark has been a constant contributor for the T-Pads throughout the 2012 season.
Clark was originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 28th round of the 2007 MLB June Amateur Draft. He was attending Riverside Community College at the time, however he opted to continue onto a four year college instead.
He was then drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 12th round of the 2008 MLB June Amateur Draft out of Louisiana State University. He was picked 375th overall.
He was consistent all through July as he hit the most home runs for the team in the month (8), he also had the highest SLG percent (.633) and the highest OPS (.989), which is OBP and SLG combined.
Clark also tied for most RBIs on the team in the month of July with third baseman Jedd Gyorko, who also had strong performance in the month of July, each of them had 21.
In 26 games he stepped up to the plate 90 times in the month of July, in those at bats Clark got 26 hits, giving him an average of .289.
Of those 26 hits he had 12 singles, five doubles, one triple and eight home runs.
Clark struck out 21 times in his 90 appearances while only walking 11 times, he did manage to keep his on base percentage significantly higher than his batting average, his OBP was at .356 for the month of July.
He also is currently leading the team in home runs with 21 and is also tied for lead on the team with RBIs with Gyorko, both of them have 64 RBIs.
Clark and Gyorko were not the only guys to have a good month of July, starting pitcher Joshua