DURHAM, NC – The American Association announced today that Kansas City T-Bones INF Matt Padgett (pictured) has been named the Rawlings Hitter of the Month for July. The selection was made by Pointstreak, the official statistician of the American Association.
Padgett slugged .794 in the second full month of the season, tallying nine home runs and 13 doubles. Entering August, he has 19 long balls, tying him for the league lead with the June Hitter of the Month, Sioux Falls’ Tim Pahuta. The left-handed hitting Padgett has also hit for one of the best averages in the league. In July, Padgett hit .402 in 28 ballgames, giving him a .352 mark for the year. That average seats him second in the American Association.
Two games, in particular, stand out for Padgett this past month. The first one came early, when Padgett delivered his only multi-home run game of the season. The Clemson product belted a pair of homers against Sioux Falls on July 3 and drove in three runs in the process.
Padgett also registered three RBI later in the month in a narrow victory over Amarillo. Kansas City won a 14-13 slugfest on July 20 with a three-run ninth inning. Padgett supplied both the tying and go-ahead runs with a two-run double. The clutch two-base hit was one of three on the day for the eventual Rawlings Hitter of the Month.
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Photo courtesy of the Kansas City T-Bones