It's already a month into the season, and quite a few players had a very good April. These weren't easy choices to make because there were many hitters and pitchers worthy being named hitter and pitcher of the month. We'll have a follow up article that highlights the performances of the players that didn't get picked.
Donnie Dewees is firing on all cylinders for the South Bend Cubs early this season. In April, the lefty slashed .345/.394/.583 in 83 AB'S while walking at an 8.4% clip. He currently leads the Midwest League in total bases and is top five in both slugging and OPS due in large part to his six triples this season. You read that right. Six, count em' six triples. Talk about having a set of wheels. Looking at some advanced stats, his 184 wRC+ and .405 wOBA lead some of the top hitting prospects in the Cubs farm system. Dewees is also producing with his speed swiping seven bags in nine attempts. After struggling somewhat in short season Eugene, it looks like he is starting to hit his stride.
On the mound, Jake Stinnett is also starting strong in 2016. Going 2-0 with a 2.55 ERA in his first three starts in April. In just over 17 innings, the righty has struck out 14 while only walking four. On April 23rd against the Carolina Mudcats, Stinnett had one of his better starts of his minor league career tossing seven scoreless with seven strikeouts in the win. His ERA and WHIP are top five in the Carolina League and his momentum has already carried over into May. It's early, but this is a promising start for one of the better pitching prospects in the farm system. It's important to remember that Stinnett struggled most of last season. He had trouble controlling the ball, which led to walks and getting beat up by opposing hitters. To see him come out of the gates strong is a great sight to see.
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