The Chicago Cubs today named Single-A Daytona infielder Dustin Geiger and Double-A Tennessee right-handed pitcher Kyle Hendricks the organization's minor league player and pitcher of the month for May, respectively.
Geiger, 21, batted .307 (31-for-101) with eight doubles, one triple, three home runs and 23 RBI in 27 May contests. He drew 11 walks that contributed to a .368 on-base percentage, and recorded a .495 slugging mark. His 23 RBI ranked tied for third-most in the Florida State League while his eight doubles ranked sixth and his 31 hits were tied for seventh. He was named the league's Player of the Week for May 13-19, hitting .469 (15-for-32) with seven doubles, a triple, two home runs and seven RBI in eight games.
Geiger is hitting .310 (61-for-197) with 15 doubles, one triple, six home runs and 47 RBI in 53 games for Daytona this season. His 47 RBI rank second in the league while his 61 hits lead the club. The right-handed hitter has drawn 21 walks, sports a .377 on-base percentage and owns a .357 batting average (15-for-42) against left-handed pitching. Additionally, Geiger has a .998 fielding percentage (1 E/429 TC) in 45 games at first base.
Originally selected by the Cubs in the 24th round of the 2010 draft, Geiger owns a .267 career batting average (231-for-865) with 57 doubles, five triples, 27 home runs and 148 RBI in 225 minor league contests.
Hendricks, 23, went 4-1 with a 1.95 ERA (7 ER/32.1 IP) in five May starts for Tennessee, striking out 25 compared to just five walks. He surrendered one home run in 32.1 innings pitched and limited the opposition to a .230 batting average (28-for-122). Hendricks' four May victories tied for the Southern League lead while his 1.02 WHIP ranked tied for fifth and his 1.95 ERA was seventh.
Acquired from Texas with infielder Christian Villanueva for pitcher Ryan Dempster on July 31 of last season, Hendricks is 5-2 with a 2.47 ERA (16 ER/58.1 IP) in 10 starts for Tennessee this year, his first at the Double-A level. He has allowed just two home runs and 13 walks while striking out 48, good for an average of 7.4 strikeouts per 9.0 innings. Seven of his 10 outings have been quality starts, and he has pitched into the seventh inning in five starts.
Hendricks was originally selected by Texas in the eighth round of the 2011 draft, and has gone 13-12 with a 2.72 ERA (73 ER/241.2 IP), two complete games and three saves in 56 career minor league games, including 35 starts. With 209 strikeouts and just 37 walks, Hendricks has a 5.65 strikeout-to-walk ratio while allowing just 13 home runs in 241.2 innings.