April Player of the Month: Buffalo

April is done, so it’s time to hand out the hardware for the top pitcher and position player on each affiliate in the month.

This isn’t purely about which player is the better prospect, but about who played or pitched better in this admittedly arbitrary endpoints game. ┬áIn cases of a tie, deference will be given to the player who improved his prospect stock more.

We’ll start with AAA, work our way down and then do an overall organization Player and Pitcher of the month.


Kirk Nieuwenhuis

.301/.420/.554 9 2B, 4 HR, 16 BB, 22 K – 83 AB, 22 G.

Nieuwenhuis owned a 16 game hitting streak in April and led all Bisons with 10 games played or more in OBP and SLG.

The hole in his game remains his performance against lefties.

Thus far this year, he’s crushed righties at a .365/.467/.714 rate in 63 AB and done only .240/.367/.280 versus southpaws in 25 AB.



RHP Chris Schwinden

1-0, 1.15 ERA, 3 GS, 15.2 IP, 11 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 6 BB, 17 K, Opp AVG: .196

He’s not the prospect Mejia is, but he was great in his three starts for Buffalo.


Honorable Mention

Jenrry Mejia

1-2, 2.86 ERA, 5 GS, 28.1 IP, 16 H, 10 R, 9 ER, 14 BB, 21 K, Opp AVG: .168

— Mejia started off very well, but his command showed no improvement as the month wore on, and he finished on a down note with his lowest strike percentage in his last start.

— Also, Schwinden had him beat on K-rate, crazy as that is.

Pitches Strikes Strike %
8-Apr 88 49 55.68%
13-Apr 101 64 63.37%
19-Apr 92 53 57.61%
24-Apr 89 56 62.92%
29-Apr 81 40 49.38%
Total 451 262 58.09%


There are 2 comments

  1. mistermet

    With the sudden news of Mejia’s injury, I wonder if this is why he saw a decrease in his command over the last couple of starts.

  2. NateW

    I would imagine the two are connected. Without a reat medical understanding I find it hard to understand how there is a complete tear without him having a sudden injury that immediately removed him from a game, unless it let loose in his pen session I suppose. Does seem a bit severe for someone to be pitching a few days ago.

    Is MCL surgery typical or normal? tommy john refers to the UCL, but is full recovery from MCL also a good possability?

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