To coincide with our Seattle Mariners of the month feature, Prospect Insider will also be highlighting a couple of top performers from around the major leagues on a monthly basis as well. In August it was utility star Josh Harrison and starter Madison Bumgarner that took home the honors. Logan Morrison and Felix Hernandez took the awards for September M’s of the month, and as a reminder, Mariners players will not be included in these posts. Let’s take a look at who were the best of the best in August.
Miguel Cabrera, 1B, DET — 110 PA, .379/.409/.709, 214 wRC+, .330 ISO, 10 2B, 8 HR, 18 RBI, 19 R
One of this generation’s most prolific hitters put an exclamation point on the final month of the Detroit Tigers’ regular season with an outstanding September — not that we haven’t come to expect this kind of performance from Cabrera. The slugger posted 12 multi-hit games during the month and failed to reach base on just four occasions. Cabrera’s 214 wRC+ was the best in baseball over that time with his teammate Victor Martinez posting the second highest mark at 204. Although the 31-year old didn’t repeat his MVP-performance of the last two seasons, it was still another impressive season for the Venezuelan.
Michael Brantley, OF, CLE — 111 PA, .416/.468/.554, 195 wRC+, .139 ISO, 8 2B, 2 HR, 12 RBI 13 R, 6 SB
Carlos Carrasco, SP, CLE — 6 GS, 2-3, 44.1 IP, 1.62 ERA, 1.53 FIP, 1.82 xFIP, 54 K, 8 BB, 1 HR
Carrasco is the second of three Cleveland Indians to pick up September honors and they are well deserved. The 27-year old rejoined the rotation in August after pitching from the bullpen since late April, and was a key piece down the stretch. In three of his six starts over the past month, the right-hander struck out ten or more batters including a two-hit, 12-strikeout, complete game shutout performance against the Houston Astros. Although the Indians ultimately fell short of the playoffs, their pitching staff looks to be a strong building point heading towards 2015.
Corey Kluber, SP, CLE — 6 GS, 5-1, 43 IP, 2.09 ERA, 1.92 FIP, 1.85 xFIP, 56 K, 7 BB, 3 HR