Geiger, Hendricks named players of month

Daytona's Dustin Geiger

Daytona's Dustin Geiger was named the Cubs Minor League Player of the Month while Tennessee's Kyle Hendricks was named the organization's top pitcher for May

Daytona first baseman Dustin Geiger was named Cubs Player of the Month for May while Tennessee's Kyle Hendricks took the honor for Cubs minor league pitchers.

Geiger, 21, batted .307 (31-for-101) with 3 HR, 8 2B, 1 3B, and 23 RBI in 27 games in May. He drew 11 walks and recorded a .495 slugging percentage. His 23 RBIs ranked tied for third-most in the Florida State League over that span, while his eight doubles ranked sixth and his 31 hits were tied for seventh.

 

The Merritt Island, Florida native was named the Florida State League's Player of the Week for May 13-19. Over that span, Geiger hit .469 (15-for-32) with 2 HR, seven doubles, a triple and seven RBI in eight games.

 

Overall this season, Geiger is hitting .310 (61-for-197) with 6 HR, 15 doubles, one triple, and 47 RBIs in 53 games. His 47 RBI rank second in the league, his batting average is seventh-best in the league, while his 61 hits lead the Daytona Cubs. Geiger is hitting .377 with runners in scoring position (23-for-61), he has drawn 21 walks, sports a .377 on-base percentage and owns a .357 batting average (15-for-42) against left-handed pitching. Additionally, Geiger has a .998 fielding percentage (1 E/429 TC) in 45 games at first base.

 

Geiger was selected by the Cubs in the 24th round of the 2010 draft out of high school and played 35 games in Mesa (.244/.312/.358). He started his second pro season in Mesa hitting .342 in the first 19 games earning a promotion to low Class A Peoria. In 43 games he hit .227 and made 14 errors at third base in 43 games. The right-hander showed some power last season despite breaking his hamate bone early in the season at Peoria. He finished with 17 homers and hit (.251/310/.465) with 53 RBI in 75 games. He also set the Peoria franchise record with eight RBI in one game. He's made the transition to first base this season for Daytona after starting his pro career at third.

Hendricks, who went 4-1 with a 1.95 ERA in 32.1 innings, is the organization's minor league pitcher of month. In five starts for the Smokies in May, the 23-year-old fanned 25 batters, walking five, with a BAA of .230. In his last four starts, the right-hander has pitched into the seventh, including a pair of shutout performances.

Hendricks has made 10 starts in his first season at AA tossing 58.1 innings with 48 strikeouts and 13 walks. He's 5-2 with a 2.47 ERA and Southern League hitters are batting .227 against him. Left-handers just .216. He's fourth in the SL for ERA and sixth in WHIP 1.08.

Drafted out of Dartmouth by the Rangers in the 8th round in 2011, the California native pitched in 20 games in relief at Spokane logging 32.2 innings with 36 strikeouts and four walks. He started 2012 at high Class A Myrtle Beach making 20 starts and throwing 130.2 innings with 112 strikeouts and only 15 walks. He was traded along with teammate Christian Villanueva ,3B, to the Cubs for Ryan Dempster at the deadline last season. He threw 17 innings at Daytona after the trade going 1-0 with a 4.24 ERA in four starts.

Kane County Rock Shoulders, 1B/DH/OF, and LHP Eric Jokisch, Tennessee, were the April winners.

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