Aldrete, Culbreth Shine in Opening Month

Cleburne Railroaders infielder Carter Aldrete and Sioux Falls Canaries starter Ty Culbreth won the American Association’s Rawlings batter and pitcher of the month for the month of May, the league announced Sunday.

Aldrete led a Cleburne offense that once again has a ton of firepower. The 26 year-old tied for the league-lead with seven home runs in May along with a .329 batting average, 17 RBI and six walks.

Aldrete had a nine-game hitting streak in the opening month, including a four-hit game in Sioux Falls that included a homer to lead the Railroaders to a 12-1 win.

Originally from Monterey, California, Aldrete is in his first season of American Association baseball. He spent the last four seasons in the San Francisco Giants organization.

Culbreth is off to a hot start this season on the mound for the Canaries. The left-hander made three starts in the month of May, including two complete games.

He went the distance at home against Fargo-Moorhead, allowing just one (unearned) run and striking out six. Then followed that up by going seven innings in game two of a doubleheader in Milwaukee, picking up his second win.

He finished the month 2-0 with just two earned runs allowed in 22 innings pitched. He walked two and struck out 15.

This is Culbreth’s fifth season with Sioux Falls after previously spending three seasons in the Colorado Rockies organization.

Rawlings is the official baseball of the American Association.


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