River Bandits utility player Abraham Toro-Hernandez has been named the Houston Astros' Minor League Player of the Month for July. The Astros' player development department made the announcement Thursday, also announcing former River Bandit Rogelio Armenteros as the pitcher of the month.
Promoted to the River Bandits from Short-Season Tri-City on July 27, Toro-Hernandez played in five Midwest League games in July after 21 in the New York Penn League. Between the two levels, Toro-Hernandez hit .315 (28-of-89) with five doubles, seven home runs, 16 RBIs, 18 walks to just 14 strikeouts and posted an OPS of 1.038 (.431 OBP/.607 Slugging percentage). Toro-Hernandez homered in each of his first two Midwest League games and three of the first four he played.
A switch-hitter, Toro-Hernandez has been one of the best power hitters in the Class-A Midwest League since his QC arrival. Since July 27, he ranks in the top 10 in the Midwest League in home runs (4), slugging (.652), total bases (30) and in OPS (1.052). Toro-Hernandez, 20, was selected by the Astros in the fifth round of the 2016 draft out of Seminole State College in Oklahoma.