The Baltimore Orioles have announced their June Minor League Players of the Month, right-handed pitcher Peter Van Loon and outfielder Heston Kjerstad.
Van Loon recorded a 3-0 record across six appearances with 0.96 ERA. He would pitch 28 innings, striking out 32 and allowing 18 hits. Opponents would only hit .188 for the month against Van Loon.
For the season, Van Loon is 8-1 across 16 games (nine starts) with a 3.02 ERA. He has accumulated 66 strikeouts across 56.2 innings, while allowing opponents to hit .246 against him.
For Kjerstad, his chance to shine has finally come, and he is making the most of the opportunity.
For June, Kjerstad would play in 15 games and would hit .429 for the month. Taking Low-A ball by storm, he would earn a promotion to Aberdeen.
Kjerstad would collect 24 hits for the month, including six doubles and a home run. He would also collect 11 RBIs, carrying an OPS of 1.089.
On the season, Kjerstad is hitting .418 with 17 RBIs and two home runs. His OPS stands at a robust 1.096.
We congratulate Peter Van Loon and Heston Kjerstad on their honors and their progress as they grow within our system.
Will they repeat as winners come July, or will we have new Baby Birds making a name for themselves? We will find out in a few short weeks.
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