PLAYER OF THE MONTH - ANDREW APLIN
Aplin received Player of the Day honors a whopping FIVE times during May. He hit .333/.412/.517 at Lancaster in May and .465/.531/.767 in his last 10 games. Aplin currently leads the Astros minor league system in runs scored and doubles and is second in hits and RBIs. He is in the top five in all of those categories (plus walks) in the California League as well.
PITCHER OF THE MONTH - JAKE BUCHANAN WITH HONORABLE MENTION TO DAVID MARTINEZ
Jake Buchanan was in a three-way tie for Pitcher of the Month in April, but he was the hands-down winner in May. Jake leads the Texas League with an ERA of 0.77 and a WHIP of 0.686. He also leads all starters in the Astros minor league system in those categories. In May, he was 4-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.651 WHIP in six appearances.
It almost doesn't seem fair because Buchanan was Pitcher of the Day every single time he pitched in the month of May. He was simply that dominating. So I would like to give an honorable mention to runner-up David Martinez. As far as I know, Martinez still leads all minor league teams with eight wins. In any event, he was the first to get to that mark. He is second in the Texas League with an ERA of 1.83 and third in WHIP at 0.981. In May, Martinez was 6-0 with a 2.30 ERA and a 1.053 WHIP in seven appearances.
OTHER PLAYERS RECEIVING TWO OR MORE PITCHER/PLAYER OF THE DAY HONORS DURING THE MONTH OF MAY:
April Player of the Month - Zach Johnson
April Pitchers of the Month - Jake Buchanan, Travis Ballew and Vincent Velasquez