INDIANAPOLIS — Center fielder and third baseman Chase d’Arnaud has been named the Indianapolis Indians’ Player of the Month for July. He will accept the award – a custom-made watch courtesy of Windsor Jewelry – before tonight’s home contest against the Rochester Red Wings, Triple-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins.
The utility fielder caught fire as soon as the calendar flipped to the month of July. d’Arnaud, who played in just six more games during July than in April (21 G), May (21 G) or June (22 G), surpassed each of his previous monthly-high totals with 30 hits (13 in April), 15 runs (12 in April/May), six doubles (3 in June) and six RBI (4 in April) in 28 total contests. The speedster’s impressive totals ranked tied for sixth among all International League batters in base hits last month, and his seven steals in nine attempts paced the team and ranked within three of the overall IL lead.
“(d’Arnaud) has been very consistent in his practice, game preparation and especially his approach during the game,” Indians hitting coach Mike Pagliarulo said. “He’s very disciplined in not manipulating or changing his swing.”
d’Arnaud began the month with a pinch run and pinch hit appearance before hitting safely in 21 of his 25 July starts. He notched a season-high, 10-game hit streak from July 6-13, just one shy of his career best from the 2008 campaign, and also produced a team-leading .303 clip (30-for-99) during his 25 starts. d’Arnaud then capped his award-winning month by claiming the No. 1 slot on ESPN’s SportsCenter Top 10 Countdown with his over-the-wall, homer-robbing snag in center field on July 20 at Columbus.
“Chase has been very confident and committed [to continue improving],” Pagliarulo said. “I’m glad to see him being productive, because we need him on base.”
As of Aug. 8, d’Arnaud has continued his recent hot streak to hit .310 (36-for-116) with 18 runs, eight doubles, two triples, seven RBI and eight stolen bases in 32 games since his first July start. He also begins Friday’s action tied for first in the league with seven triples on the season, and tied for sixth among IL batters with 22 stolen bases in 32 attempts.