D-backs award Evans, Blair with monthly honors for May

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) named Triple-A Reno infielder/outfielder Nick Evans and Double-A Mobile right-handed pitcher Aaron Blair (@A_Blair19) the organization's Minor League Player- and Pitcher-of-the-Month for May.

Evans, 29, reached base via hit or walk in 22 of 28 games in May and hit .343 (36-for-105) with 11 doubles, 5 home runs, 31 RBI,.400 on-base and .590 slugging percentages, and a .990 OPS.

• In 13 home games, he hit .320 (16-for-50) with 5 doubles, 2 homers and 17 RBI.

• In 15 road games, he hit .364 (20-for-55) with 6 doubles, 3 homers and 14 RBI.

• Pacific Coast League Player of the Week for May 18-25 after hitting .452 (14-for-31) with 3 doubles, 3 home runs and 14 RBI in 7 games.

• Among all Triple-A players, he ranked tied for first in doubles (11), tied for second in RBI (31) and extra-base hits (16), tied for fourth in total bases (62), tied for sixth in hits (36), seventh in slugging percentage (.590) and ninth in OPS (.990).

Blair, who turned 23 on May 26, went 3-1 with a 0.89 ERA (7 R-4 ER in 40.2 IP) and a .197 opponents average (28-for-142) with 6 walks and 33 strikeouts in 6 starts in May.

• He has not allowed an earned run in his last 3 games (3 R-0 ER in 20.2 IP) with 12 hits, 2 walks and 19 strikeouts.

• In 3 home games, he went 2-0 with a 0.87 ERA (5 R-2 ER in 20.2 IP), .228 average (18-for-79), 2 walks and 18 strikeouts.

• In 3 road games, he held opponents to 2 runs in 20.0 innings (0.90 ERA) with a .159 average (10-for-63) with 4 walks and 15 strikeouts.

• Among all Minor League pitchers in May, he ranked sixth in innings (40.2) and seventh in ERA (0.89).

Every month during the season, the D-backs Player Development staff chooses the player and pitcher most deserving of the honors based on nominations from coaches at each affiliate along with input from the Minor League coordinators. Below is a list of the overall winners as well as player nominated by each affiliate:

 

MAY

OVERALL

RENO

MOBILE

VISALIA

KANE COUNTY

EXTENDED

PLAYER

Nick Evans

Nick Evans

Brandon Drury

Daniel Palka

Marty Herum

Didimo Bracho

PITCHER

Aaron Blair

Kevin Munson

Aaron Blair

Nick Sarianides

Markus Solbach

Tyler Bolton

 

APRIL

OVERALL

RENO

MOBILE

VISALIA

KANE COUNTY

EXTENDED

PLAYER

Peter O'Brien

Peter O'Brien

Raul Navarro

Domingo Leyba & Stewart Ijames

Cody Regis

Luis Veras

PITCHER

Zack Godley

J.C. Ramirez

Seth Simmons

Zack Godley

Zac Curtis

Bo Takahashi