Earlier today, the Texas Rangers announced their minor league awards for the month of April. C.J. Edwards was named Pitcher of the Month, Joey Butler was named Player of the Month, Tomas Telis was named Defender of the Month and Randy Henry was named Reliever of the Month.
Edwards, currently in low-A with the Hickory Crawdads of the South Atlantic League, was 1-1 with a 1.93 ERA in 23.1 innings with 29 strikeouts. Edwards was originally a 48th-round pick out of Mid-Carolina (SC) High School. This past month, Edwards notched six or more strikeouts in four of his five starts. Edwards is currently listed as the 20th best prospect in the Rangers system according to their website.
Butler, currently in AAA with the Round Rock Express, has hit .308 across three seasons with the team. In April, Butler hit .341 with 3 homeruns, 12 RBIs and 16 runs scored, leading the team in batting average on base percentage and OPS. Butler was originally a 15th round pick out of the University of New Orleans in 2008.
Telis, currently in AA with the Frisco Roughriders, threw out 10 of 18 potential base-stealers (55.6%) in April and holds a perfect fielding percentage. He is currently hitting .247 with six doubles and 11 RBI in his first season in Frisco. Telis was signed as a non-drafted free agent in 2007 out of Venezuela.
Henry, also in AA with the Frisco Roughriders, allowed no earned runs in the month of April across 18.1 innings, compiling 20 strikeouts against just one walk. Henry currently has a 0.74 ERA in 24.1 innings of work, tallying 24 strikeouts against four walks to go with a WHIP of 0.78. Henry was originally a fourth round pick by the Baltimore Orioles out of South Mountain Community College before being traded to the Rangers in December of 2011.