The first thing that I wanted to do was thank all of you guys who come to the site every day. July of 2014 was the most visited month in the history of the site, topping June of 2009 by a few thousand visits. So really, thanks guys. Tell your friends, tweet out articles, share them on facebook, the more the site grows the better content I can get out there for everyone.

The second thing that I wanted to talk about was the look and feel of the website. I am going to wait until I get back from Pensacola to make any changes because I tend to be about as busy as possible while down there since it’s really the only time all year I can spend around the players and talking to scouts who watch the league and players, but there is a new site design coming for the second week of August, so be prepared for a different look later this month. I had planned on doing a site re-design this spring, but my coding skills just weren’t up to snuff for the look and feel that I wanted. I decided to plop down some money elsewhere to get me where I wanted in terms of how things look and while I haven’t been able to test it out yet, the previews give me just about everything I could want.

This is going to be something I am going to start doing every weekend, for each previous week to just highlight the most popular two or three articles, but also at the end of each month, and give a run down of the most popular articles on the site.

  1. Weekend Discussion: You’re the GM of the Reds, What do you do?
  2. Cincinnati Reds trade OF Josh Fellhauer to the Brewers
  3. Jesse Winker has a torn tendon, heading to the DL
  4. All Questions Answered (July 23rd edition)
  5. Cincinnati Reds acquire RHP Dylan Axelrod from White Sox

Basically, we all like to play GM or see what the GM has done.

Hitter of the Month for July

Aristides Aquino

The Mustangs outfielder hit .348/.400/.713 with 10 doubles, a triple, 10 home runs and 12 steals in the month. Only Marquez Smith had a month in the same area as Aquino, but Smith had 30 fewer plate appearances and no steals, which gave the edge to the 20-year-old Aquino. He led the system in doubles, home runs, RBI with 34 and finished second in steals (one behind Ty Washington).

Starting Pitcher of the Month for July

Sal Romano

The Dayton Dragons starter threw 27.1 innings in July with a 1.32 ERA. He allowed just one home run and just five walks. He struck out 28 opposing hitters. His strikeout-to-walk ratio of 5.6 was outstanding, as was his 24.8% strikeout rate. The right hander also had a 60% groundball rate on the month.

Relief Pitcher of the Month for July

Brennan Bernardino

When you finish out the month as your teams closer with a 0.00 ERA, it’s really tough to get beaten out for a reliever of the month award. The Mustangs closer had four saves and picked up a win in July to go with his perfect ERA in 10.2 innings pitched. He walked four batters and struck out 19 while posting a 0.84 WHIP.