Blue Jays: Noda and Abbadessa earn Player of the Month honours
The Toronto Blue Jays farm system had two players recognized as Player of the Month for their respective leagues as Ryan Noda and Dominic Abbadessa were tops in the Appalachian and Gulf Coast League respectively.
Ryan Noda was selected in the 15th round of the 2017 amateur draft from the University of Cincinnati and the slugger hasn’t missed a beat. Noda has absolutely owned minor league pitching in his first taste of professional baseball.
According to an official press release from Minor League Baseball Noda was awarded the Player of the Month award for July after dominating the Appalachian League with the lumber.
"Bluefield Blue Jays first baseman Ryan Noda led the Appalachian League in hitting (.444), runs (32), walks (29), on-basepercentage (.580), slugging (.689), and OPS (1.269). He finished second in the league in hits (40) and third in extra-base hits (14)and total bases (62)."
In his 43 games, Noda is slashing .416/.553/.657 with 57 hits including 5 home runs and 6 stolen bases. Noda has also manned both first base and right field for the Bluefield during his rookie campaign.
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Not to be outdone was Dominic Abbadessa who took home the monthly honour in the Gulf Coast League for the baby Jays. The 19-year old was selected in the 23rd round of the 2016 draft out of Huntington Beach High School.
Here is the official press release in regards to Abbadessa and his offensive prowess.
"Gulf Coast Blue Jays centerfielder Dominic Abbadessa led the Gulf Coast League in average (.417) and hits (35), was second inruns (21), on-base percentage (.457) and OPS (.968). Abbadessa recorded 12 multi-hit games in July and led the Blue Jays to an18-8 record in the month."
In 31 games this season Abbadessa is slashing .376/.426/.453 with 44 hits and 10 stolen bases. The speedy outfielder looks much improved at the plate having batted .192 in his 14 games in professional baseball.
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