Thanks to our friend in the Blue Rocks Media Dept Jeff O’Connor for compiling these stats, Mark had a blistering month of July hitting .355 with 13 home runs and 19 RBIs. He scored 18 runs in the month, belted six doubles and added a triple. He recorded an on-base percentage of .425 and a slugging percentage of .794 for a 1.219 OPS. In the 23 games he played first base, he only made one error.
Mark started his career out with the Tampa Bay Rays and made it as far as AA Birmingham before he was released. After that he was playing independent baseball in Illinois before the Blue Rocks signed him and after a slow start, he has been tearing the Carolina League pitching up and keeping the Rocks in playoff contention.
Now this Topps award he has won, a Blue Rock player hasn’t this since Brian McFall did it in July of 2007 but former Blue Rocks Glendon Rusch, Johnny Damon and Carlos Beltran are also past winners of the award. We all know what careers they’re still having and I hope its a good omen for Mark and the Royals to see him contribute to turning the parent club around.