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 June it was outfielder Mike Trout and starter Clayton Kershaw that took home the honors. Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma, and Kyle Seager took the awards for July’s 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 July.
Jayson Werth, OF, WSH — 101 PA, .337/.446/.687, 213 wRC+, .349 ISO, 11 2B, 6 HR, 24 RBI
Werth had an outstanding month at the plate and lead all qualified batters in wRC+ and wOBA, and had the second most runs batted in and ISO rating. The 35-year old managed to reach base in all but two games that he started in July — he appeared in one game as a pinch-hitter where he failed to reach base. He had 10 multi-hit games on the month including a streak of four straight multi-hit games at the beginning of the month. Werth’s team, the Washington Nationals, currently hold a three-game lead in the National League East and will need the former first-round draft pick to continue his solid play through the stretch drive
Jose Abreu, 1B, CWS — 111 PA, .373/.446/.687, 196 wRC+, .293 ISO, 11 2B, 6 HR, 19 RBI
Clayton Kershaw, SP, LAD — 5 GS, 4-0, 42.0 IP, 1.07 ERA, 2.07 FIP, 2.53 xFIP, 43 K, 4 BB
As King Felix tears his way through American League, Kershaw continues to have his way with National League batters. The 26-year old won four of his five July starts and went the distance in three of those outings. His lowest strikeout total in a start was seven while he topped out with 11 in his complete game against the San Diego Padres on July 10th. He did give up a couple home runs, but those were really his only blemishes on the month. His peripherals don’t support his minuscule ERA on the month, but since the All-Star’s home run rate was so low, that’s to be expected as xFIP equalizes home run rates. The Los Angeles Dodgers have been in a tough battle with the San Francisco Giants for NL West supremacy and it doesn’t hurt to have an ace to draw practically every other day.
Corey Kluber, SP, CLE — 5 GS, 4-0, 41.0 IP, 1.54 ERA, 2.04 FIP, 2.24 xFIP, 43 K, 4 BB