HIGH POINT, N.C. – The Atlantic League today named Angel Aguilar of Staten Island as its Player of the Month while pitchers Zach Mort of Gastonia and Brandon Leibrandt of High Point share the Pitcher of the Month award. All three players have boosted their respective teams’ chances of winning the second half of their respective divisions.
Leibrandt, 30, went 3-0 with a 1.93 ERA for High Point in August. He won starts against Long Island, at Lexington and at Southern Maryland, allowing two or fewer earned runs in all five starts in August. The left-hander struck out 30 batters in 28 innings while allowing just 19 hits and six walks. Leibrandt is 3-2 on the year with a 3.83 ERA.
Aguilar, a shortstop, led the Atlantic League with a .416 batting average in August, collecting 42 hits in 101 at-bats with seven home runs and 23 RBI. The 28-year-old also posted the league’s best marks in runs scored (32), hits (42), total bases (72), slugging percentage (.713) and OPS (1.196).
Mort, 26, also was 3-0 in August with a 1.75 ERA in collecting wins over Lexington and York and a win at Long Island. A righty, Mort fanned 37 hitters in 25.2 innings including tying the league-high with 14 strikeouts vs. York on August 17. He tied for the Atlantic League lead with 37 strikeouts in the month. Mort is 12-2 on the year with a 4.52 ERA for the South Division-leading Honey Hunters.
“Each of these players has elevated their clubs to contend for pennants in the second half of the season,” said Atlantic League President Rick White. “Angel, Zach and Brandon exemplify the competitive excellence of our players as well as each of our teams as we head towards the postseason.”
About High Point Baseball, Inc.
The High Point Rockers, operated by the non-profit High Point Baseball, play their home games at Truist Point, a state-of-the-art $36 million ballpark which serves as a catalyst to the rejuvenation of downtown High Point. In 2022, the Rockers reached the League Championship Series of the 10-team Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, an MLB Partner League with clubs from New York to North Carolina.
About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)
Celebrating its 25th Anniversary season in 2023, the Atlantic League is Major League Baseball’s first Professional Partner League, a player gateway to the major leagues, and a leader in baseball innovation. ALPB has sent over 1,200 players to MLB organizations while drawing more than 45 million fans to its family-friendly ballparks throughout its 25-year history. Please visit www.AtlanticLeague.com.