SEATTLE — Outfielder Braden Bishop, fittingly, is best known to many for his tireless efforts to heighten public awareness regarding the devastating and debilitating effects of Alzheimer’s Disease.
He knows that effect from first-hand experience. Bishop recently noted on twitter that his mother had to be moved to an Alzheimer’s-assisted living home. His charity, 4MOM, raises funds “to help those who need it most.”
Bishop’s efforts to find a cure for the disease merit the highest praise and support. It’s important work, and further information can be obtained at www.4momalz.com.
What often gets overlooked, though, is Bishop, 24, has turned himself into one of the Mariners’ top prospects since his selection in the third round of the 2015 MLB Draft. He is currently batting .302 after a slow start at Double-A Arkansas.
“He has had a remarkable month,” general manager Jerry Dipoto said. “His first six weeks of the season was really disappointing after a really solid spring training. All of the sudden, it started to come for him. He never doubted himself.”
Bishop’s surge resulted in his selection as the organization’s minor-league player of the month for June. He batted .379 for the Travelers with a .443 on-base percentage in 24 games.
KLAY 1180-AM picks a player and pitcher of the month throughout the season for each of the Mariners’ affiliates and an overall player and pitcher of the month for the entire farm system.
Triple-A Tacoma right-hander Casey Lawrence, 30, is the pitcher of the month after going 3-1 with a 1.91 ERA. His work included a complete-game shutout June 5 at Memphis (Cardinals).
The individual affiliate citations:
***Tacoma: Veteran infielder Gordon Beckham, 31, batted .302 with 15 RBIs and a .398 OBP in 25 games. Lawrence’s dominant month included 30 strikeouts in 33 innings.
***Arkansas: Right-hander Johendi Jiminian, signed in December as a minor-league free agent, was 2-0 with a 1.71 ERA in five starts. Jiminian, 25, is 4-3 with a 3.19 ERA overall in 13 starts.
While Bishop was the overall winner, he faced tough competition on his own club, particularly from first baseman Joey Curletta, who batted .341 with five homers and 26 RBIs in 24 games.
***Hi-A Modesto: First baseman Evan White, a first-round pick in the 2017 MLB Draft, posted a .324/.370/.500 slash in 19 games. Closer Seth Elledge didn’t allow a run in eight appearances while going 1-0 with three saves in three chances.
***Lo-A Clinton: First baseman Ryan Costello, a 31st-round pick in last year’s draft, batted .320 with six homers and 20 RBIs in 25 games. Lefty Raymond Kerr, signed last year as a non-drafted free agent, posted a 1.37 ERA in five starts
***Short-A Everett: Outfielder Josh Stowers, a second-round pick in this year’s draft, is off to a hot start with a .333/.455/.593 slash in his first eight games. The same is true for right-handed reliever Joey Gerber, am eight-round pick who has a 1.80 ERA and three saves in three chances.
***Rookie Peoria: Switch-hitting third baseman Cal Hernandez, a 26th-round pick this year, has a .308/.386/.848 slash in his first nine games. Lefty Jorge Benitez, a ninth-round pick in 2017, is 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 13 1/3 innings.
KLAY PLAYER OF THE MONTH
Overall: Arkansas OF Braden Bishop
Tacoma: INF Gordon Beckham
Arkansas: OF Braden Bishop
Modesto: 1B Evan White
Clinton: 1B Ryan Costello
Everett: OF Josh Stowers
Peoria: INF Cal Hernandez
Dominican: C Daniel Santos
Overall: Tacoma 1B/DH Daniel Vogelbach
Tacoma: 1B/DH Daniel Vogelbach
Arkansas: 2B/SS Chris Mariscal
Modesto: 2B/SS Donnie Walton
Clinton: OF Jack Larson
Overall: Modesto SS Bryson Brigman
Tacoma: OF Cameron Perkins
Arkansas: 1B Joey Curletta
Modesto: SS Bryson Brigman
Clinton: OF Jack Larson
KLAY PITCHER OF THE MONTH
Overall: Tacoma RHP Casey Lawrence
Tacoma: RHP Casey Lawrence
Arkansas: RHP Johendi Jiminian
Modesto: RHP Seth Elledge
Clinton: LHP Raymond Kerr
Everett: RHP Joey Gerber
Peoria: LHP Jorge Benitez
Dominican: Juan Mercedes
Overall: Modesto RHP Darren McCaughan
Tacoma: LHP Ariel Miranda
Arkansas: RHP Matt Festa
Modesto: RHP Darren McCaughan
Clinton: RHP Scott Boches
Overall: Clinton RHP Tommy Romero
Tacoma: RHP Eric Goeddel
Arkansas: RHP Andrew Moore
Modesto: RHP Wyatt Mills
Clinton: RHP Tommy Romero