Royals announce top Minor Leaguers in July

Royals announce top Minor Leaguers in July

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals organization announced its Minor League award-winners for the month of July on Wednesday.

At Triple-A Omaha, infielder Johnny Giavotella was named the Player of the Month after hitting .368 in July, and left-hander Will Smith was named Pitcher of the Month following a 2-0 record and 1.80 ERA before getting called up to the big leagues.

Other award-winners for the Royals affiliates:

• Northwest Arkansas (Double-A) -- Infielder/outfielder Brian Fletcher, right-hander Michael Mariot

• Wilmington (High Class A) -- Infielder Matt Fields, right-hander Elisaul Pimental

• Kane County (Class A) -- Outfielder Tim Ferguson, right-hander Aaron Brooks

• Idaho Falls (Rookie) -- Shortstop Adalberto Mondesi, left-hander Sam Selman

• Burlington (Rookie) -- Outfielder Fred Ford, left-hander Colin Rodgers

• Surprise (Rookie) -- Outfielder Alexis Rivera, right-hander Aroni Nina

• Dominican (Rookie) -- Outfielder Brawlun Gomez, right-hander Miguel Almonte