Cubs' monthly Minors honors go to Baez, Raley

Cubs' monthly Minors honors go to Baez, Raley

LOS ANGELES -- Class A Peoria shortstop Javier Baez and Triple-A Iowa left-handed pitcher Brooks Raley were named the Cubs' Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Month for July.

Baez, 19, batted .368 with six doubles, three triples, seven home runs, 20 RBIs and 21 runs scored in 28 July games. The Cubs' No. 2 prospect led the Midwest League in hits (39), total bases (72) and slugging percentage (.679), and was second in extra-base hits (16), batting average, runs scored and OPS (1.076).

Selected by the Cubs in the first round of the 2011 Draft, Baez was hitting .330 with 10 doubles, five triples, 11 home runs, 32 RBIs, 40 runs scored and 19 stolen bases in 56 games for Peoria.

Raley, 24, posted a 2.12 ERA in five July starts for Iowa, walking just 12 while striking out 28 and limiting opponents to a .254 batting average. His 2.12 July ERA ranked fourth lowest among Pacific Coast League pitchers. Raley allowed two or fewer runs in each of his five outings while recording three quality starts and surrendered just two home runs in 132 batters faced.

Raley, selected by the Cubs in the sixth round of the 2009 Draft, has combined to go 6-10 with a 3.58 ERA in 22 starts between Double-A Tennessee and Iowa this season.