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Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez named NL player of the month

Gonzalez terrorized opposing pitchers in July. Plus, Gray Day links!

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Colorado Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez on Monday was named the National League player of the month for July. The honor is the first of Gonzalez's career.

Gonzalez hit .386/.438/.841 with 11 home runs, seven doubles and 24 RBI in 96 plate appearances spanning 22 games. CarGo at one point had eight home runs in the span of a week and three multi-homer performances in a four-game stretch.

Despite the efforts of Gonzalez, the Rockies went just 9-15 in July. Offense wasn't much of a problem last month; Colorado hitters averaged nearly five runs per contest and finished July with an .810 OPS. Unfortunately, the same can be said for the opposition, which approached six runs a game while posting an .844 OPS.

Ouch.

At any rate, Gonzalez is off to a good start in August, as well, notching three hits -- including a double -- and a walk in 11 plate appearances. A strong finish to the season for Gonzalez would be a huge benefit for the Rockies, who figure to attempt to unload the star outfielder -- and the $37 million remaining on his contract -- this offseason.

Links

Jon Gray's Rockies call-up comes with pitch limit, high expectations - The Denver Post
It is GRAY DAY! The Rockies' top prospect makes his major league debut on Tuesday night against the Mariners. Rockies director of player development Zach Wilson talked with Nick Groke about the big right-hander, who was forced to prove he was ready for the challenge of pitching in the big leagues. Gray will do so with an innings limit; he won't throw more than 30-35 frames, according to Groke.

Baseball Prospectus | The Call-Up: Jon Gray
Gray isn't a the prospect he once was, Baseball Prospectus says. But I don't know how much the outlet's representatives have watched him since May 1. Gray has dominated Pacific Coast League hitters since then, with his only issue being that he's not exactly the most efficient pitcher in the world.

Colorado Rockies promote pitching prospect Jon Gray - Minor League Ball
Gray profiles as a No. 2 starter if his command and efficiency are on, John Sickels writes. The question is whether he'll be able to handle Coors Field.

The Rockies have called up their top prospect Jon Gray - Beyond the Box Score
Our Eric Garcia McKinley gives a nice introduction to Gray, including what to watch for in terms of his repertoire. We'll have something along these lines a little later today.

Jose Reyes shows his skills in Coors debut | rockies.com
Reyes' first home game as a member of the Rockies went about as well as he could have hoped. The veteran shortstop notched a pair of RBI singles and stole a base in the team's 8-7 loss.