HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Astros Player Development Department has named April's Minor League Pitchers and Players of the Month at each of their four in-season minor league affiliates. These awards are chosen every month by the field staff of each team.
At Triple A Fresno, RHP Richard Rodriguez was named April Pitcher of the Month after going 1-0 with a 2.65 ERA (5ER/17IP) in seven games during the month. The right-hander closed out April with three straight scoreless outings, spanning 8.0 innings. Fresno's Player of the Month award went to OF Preston Tucker, who led all of minor league baseball in home runs (9) and RBI (29) during the month of April. The left-handed hitter batted .329 (27x82) with a .371 on-base percentage and a .683 slugging percentage (1.054 OPS) during the month.
RHP Chris Devenski fired 19.1 scoreless innings across four games (2 starts) en route to getting named Double A Corpus Christi's Pitcher of the Month for April. Acquired by the Astros in the Brett Myers trade with the White Sox in 2012, Devenski was named the Texas League Pitcher of the Week for the week of April 20-26. He went 2-0 with 16 strikeouts and a .121 opponents' batting average in April while leading the Texas League in ERA. SS Carlos Correa was named the Hooks Player of the Month for April after hitting .385 (30x78) with 11 doubles, one triple, five homers, 22 RBI, five steals and a 1.198 OPS (.455 OBP/.744 SLG) in 19 April games. Ranked by MLB.com as the No. 3 prospect in baseball, Correa was named the Texas League Player of the Week for the week of April 20-26. During the month of April, he ranked among the top five Double A players in extra-base hits (1st), doubles (1st), slugging (1st), OPS (1st), hits (T-1st), runs (19, T-1st), RBI (2nd), batting average (3rd) and homers (T-3rd).
At Class A Advanced Lancaster, RHP Tyler Brunnemann earned Pitcher of the Month honors after giving up just one run in 15.2 relief innings in April (0.57 ERA). Last year's California League Championship Series MVP fanned 18 batters in his eight games during the month. The Astros 2014 Minor League Player of the Year, Brett Phillips, picked up right where he left off by claiming JetHawks Player of the Month honors this April. The left-handed hitter posted a .341 (28x82) batting average with 13 extra-base hits (6 doubles, 3 triples, 4 homers) and a 1.013 OPS (.379 OBP/.634 SLG) in 20 games in April. Phillips ranked second in the California League in total bases (52) and fourth in OPS in April.
Class A Quad Cities Pitcher of the Month honors went to RHP Joe Musgrove, who went 3-1 with a 0.87 ERA (2ER/20.2IP) and 20 strikeouts in four games (2 starts) in April. Musgrove walked just one batter in his 20.2 innings, posting the fifth-lowest ERA in the Midwest League during the month. A 2014 draftee (13th round), Jamie Ritchie received Quad Cities Player of the Month honors after hitting .344 (21x61) with two doubles, one homer, seven RBI and a .467 on-base percentage in 17 games in April. Ritchie finished second in the Midwest League in on-base percentage, fourth in OPS (.926) and sixth in batting average during the month.