D-backs Award Wheeler, Borchering and Marshall with Monthly Honors

PHOENIX —The Arizona Diamondbacks announced today Triple-A Reno infielder Ryan Wheeler, Single-A Advanced Visalia outfielder Bobby Borchering and Double-A right-handed pitcher Evan Marshall have been named the organization’s Minor League co-Player- and Pitcher-of-the-Month for June, respectively.

Wheeler, 23, hit .442 (50-for-113) with 21 runs scored, 9 doubles, 5 home runs, 28 RBI and 20 multi-hit games in 26 games in June for the Aces. The Pacific Coast League Mid-Season All-Star set an Aces franchise record for the month of June with 50 hits, 6 more hits than any other Minor League batter, to become just the 11th Minor Leaguer since 2005 to collect 50 hits in a month. Wheeler began the month with a 13-game hit streak from June 1-14, hitting .525 (32-for-61) with 12 multi-hit games. His 28 RBI in June tied for second-most among Triple-A hitters and tied for fifth-most in the Minor Leagues. A native of Torrence, Calif., Wheeler was drafted by the D-backs in the fifth round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft from Loyola Marymount University.

Borchering, 21, hit .323 (31-for-96) with 17 runs scored, 7 doubles, 11 home runs and 25 RBI in 26 games in June for the Rawhide. His 11 home runs led all D-backs Minor Leaguers, good for second-best among all Single-A hitters and third-best in the Minors. His .740 slugging percentage was third and 1.159 OPS was fifth among all Minor Leaguers. Borchering entered the 2012 season ranked by Baseball America as the best power hitting prospect in the organization. The D-backs drafted Borchering in the first round (16th overall) of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft from Bishop Verot High School in Fort Myers, Fla.

Marshall, 22, was 5-for-5 in save opportunities with a 1.13 ERA (1 ER in 8.0 IP) and 6 strikeouts in 8 games in June for the BayBears. The 2012 Southern League Mid-Season All-Star selection did not allow a run in his final 7 appearances in June. Marshall enters July leading the Southern League with 18 saves. Prior to the start of the 2012 season, Marshall was ranked by MLB.com as the club’s No. 10 prospect. The Sunnyvale, Calif. native was drafted in the fourth round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft from Kansas State University.

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:

 

JUNE

OVERALL

RENO

MOBILE

VISALIA

PLAYER

Ryan Wheeler & Bobby Borchering

Ryan Wheeler

Marc Krauss

Bobby Borchering

PITCHER

Evan Marshall

Joe Martinez

Evan Marshall

Diogenes Rosario

 

 

SOUTH BEND

YAKIMA

MISSOULA

AZL

DSL

PLAYER

Tom Belza

Kevin Medrano

Michael Perez

Andrew Velazquez

Raul Garcia

PITCHER

Keith Hessler

Alexander Carreras

Andrew Barbosa

Luis Hernandez

Erick Leal