The Cincinnati Reds had three different prospects named their league’s Player of the Month for May by Minor League Baseball. Infielder Noelvi Marte got the nod for the Double-A Southern League, outfielder Hector Rodriguez got the nod in the Single-A Florida State League, and pitcher Julian Aguiar got the nod in the High-A Midwest League.
Noelvi Marte has been on fire since the final week of April and carried it right on into May. In 24 games played with the Chattanooga Lookouts and racked up 110 plate appearances while hitting .343/.409/.626. Marte had seven doubles, seven home runs, stole four bases, walked 10 times, struck out just 15 times, scored 22 runs, and he drove in 18 runs. He led the Southern League in average, hits, and home runs during the month, and was in the top five in slugging, OPS, doubles, and on-base percentage.
Hector Rodriguez was coming off of a tough start to his season in April, but he kicked things up about 10 levels when the calendar flipped to May. He would play in 23 games with the Daytona Tortugas and pick up at least one hit in 21 of them – ending the month on a 13 game hitting streak. Over the course of the month he hit .357/.394/.612 in 104 plate appearances with five doubles, four triples, four home runs, three stolen bases, 23 runs scored, and he drove in 14 runs. He would lead the Florida State League in hits, runs, triples, slugging percentage, and OPS. He finished the month second in the league in average.
Julian Aguiar had a nice set of four starts in April, but that month didn’t look nearly as good as what the right-handed starter did during May. Aguiar made four starts for Dayton during the month and allowed just one run. The righty threw 22.0 innings with a 0.41 ERA, allowed just seven hits, walked just three batters, struck out 23, and held hitters to a .099/.156/.099 line during the month.