Matt McBride Wins EL July Player of the Month

AKRON,
OH – Recently promoted Akron Aeros slugger Matt McBride is the winner of the Eastern
League’s Player of the Month award for July, the league announced today.
McBride, who was promoted to Class AAA Columbus on July 29th, led
the circuit in the most offensive categories this month in 23 Akron games. He
also won EL Player of the Week for the week ending July 4th and is
the first Aero to win a monthly honor this season.

McBride
batted .364 (32-for-88) during the month of July, leading Akron to an 18-9
record with his impressive slugging numbers. He led the entire 12-team league
in home runs (11), RBI (29), slugging percentage (.852), OPS (1.271) and total
bases (75). The versatile outfielder also ranked second in the EL with 21
extra-base hits last month, placed fourth in batting average and sixth with 10
doubles.

The
25-year-old native of Bethlehem, PA actually began his hot streak at the tail
end of the month of June on the road against Richmond.  He ended a 35-game homerless stretch on June
28th at The Diamond and since that point, has been one of the best
hitters in professional baseball. In his most recent 33 games combined between
Columbus and Akron, he leads all of MiLB with 27 extra-base hits and a .798
slugging percentage. He has a .372 batting average, 13 doubles, 14 home runs
and 35 RBI in this stretch as well.

On
the season, McBride batted .285 in 94 games played with the Aeros before his
transfer to the Clippers. He still leads Akron by a wide margin with 25
doubles, 17 home runs, 64 RBI and 180 total bases. He reached base safely in
all 44 of his Eastern League road games, the longest such streak in professional
baseball this season, and is now batting .400 (12-for-30) in his first seven
games in the International League. McBride has also shown his worth
defensively, starting at 39 games combined at first base this year.

Cleveland’s
supplemental second-round selection out of Lehigh University in the June 2006
Draft, McBride led the Indians organization with 99 RBI combined last season.
He played his first 31 contests with Class A Kinston before earning his first
promotion to Double-A. The converted catcher missed the majority of the 2008
season with an injury and began his professional career in 2006 with
short-season Class A Mahoning Valley.

Akron’s
weeklong road trip continues Friday night at 7:05 p.m. as the team heads over
to Connecticut for the start of a three-game series against the New Britain
Rock Cats. The Aeros hope to snap a season-high six-game losing streak with nearby
Chicopee, MA native Scott Barnes (5-8, 5.16 ERA) on the starting mound at New
Britain Stadium against Chris Province (5-3, 4.91 ERA) of the Rock Cats. Join
Ken Carman for Friday’s radio broadcast beginning at 6:50 p.m. on Fox Sports
1350 AM and at www.akronaeros.com. For
more information, please call the Akron Aeros at (330) 253-5151.

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