Redleg Nation is proud to announce our Minor League Players of the Month for May:
Joey Votto, Louisville. The 23-year-old former 2nd round pick (2002) was a unanimous pick of the editors for POTM honors. Joey rebounded from a rough first month in AAA to have an outstanding May. For the month, he hit .402/.496/.618 for a phenomenal 1.114 OPS for the month. He scored 21 runs, knocked in 21 runs, and walked 19 times. He had 4 doubles and 6 homers during May. On the season, his OPS when ahead in the count is 1.305 and 1.086 with runners in scoring position.
Another good solid month by Votto and the Reds should be looking for a way to get him in the lineup every day.
Others considered: Jay Bruce, Danny Dorn, and Justin Turner
Sean Watson, Dayton. Last year’s 2nd round selection continues to progress as he’s making the adjustment from college reliever to professional starter. The 21 year old made 6 starts in May, going 1-2, but allowing only 5 earned runs in 33 1/3 innings. (1.35 ERA) He allowed only 23 hits and 7 walks, while striking out 46 during the month. (.90 WHIP). For the month, batters hit only .197 vs Watson.
I think after two good months (2.70 ERA and 1.2 WHIP in April), he’s due for a promotion.
Homer Bailey gets an honorable mention this month.
Others considered: Carlos Fisher, Johnny Cueto