Cubs name Dan Vogelbach, Matt Loosen Minor League Player, Pitcher of the Month

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July Minor League Pitcher of the Month, Matt Loosen. (Photo by Rodger Wood)

Kane County first baseman Dan Vogelbach and right-hander Matt Loosen were named the organization’s Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Month for July.

The hard-hitting Vogelbach carried a .330/.417/.500 (AVG/OBP/SLG) slash line with four homers, four doubles and 19 RBI in 94 July at-bats for the Cougars. He’s hitting .290 on the year with 16 homers, good for third in the Midwest League.

The 20-year-old, who was a second-round pick in the 2011 draft, owns a .302 batting average with 44 doubles, three triples, 34 home runs and 136 RBI in 171 career minor league contests.

Loosen, who started the season with Tennessee before a brief demotion to Daytona, was tough to hit in July. The 24-year-old went 3-0 with a 0.96 ERA and 33 strikeouts over six starts last month. On July 8, he recorded the D-Cubs’ first no-hitter in 17 seasons, fanning nine and walking only two. In his last seven starts at Daytona, the right-hander went 5-0 with a 0.60 ERA, allowing just three extra-base hits.

Loosen, who was called back up to Tennessee on July 27, was selected in the 23rd round of the 2010 draft.

Previous 2013 winners:

April- IF Rock Shoulders, LHP Eric Jokisch

May- IF Dustin Geiger, RHP Kyle Hendricks

June- SS Javier Baez, LHP Chris Rusin

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