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


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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