Terrin Vavra has provided a bright spot for the Class A Asheville Tourists in a season that has been a struggle.
Vavra, the Rockies third-round selection in the 2018 draft out of the University of Minnesota, was selected the South Atlantic League Player of the Month for June.
The shortstop led the South Atlantic League in batting average (.350), was second in OPS (.957) and third in on-base percentage (.444) in June. His 15 walks outnumbered his 12 strikeouts, and his 17 runs scored were good for fourth-best in the league. Vavra reached base safely in 21 of 22 June contests and hit safely in 18 games.
Vavra is the son of Joe Vavra, the current mental skills coach of the Tigers.
The elder Vavra is a former minor-league player, and long-time coach at the minor-league and big-league level. After a five-year playing career in the Dodgers system, he managed the Dodgers' short-season Yakima affiliate for 10 years (1987-96), and then joined the Dodgers big-league staff in a variety of assignments.
He joined the Twins staff in 2002, and became their hitting coach in 2006. He was Justin Morneau's pitcher when Morneau beat out Josh Hamilton at the 2008 MLB Home Run Derby, which is part of the All-Star Game fesitivites. He was moved to the third base coach in 2012, and became the infield coach in 2013.
He reunited with former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire a year ago when Gardenhire became manager of the Tigers.
In Wednesday's Games:
AAA Albuquerque (35-51) lost 1-0 at Sacramento (Giants). Kyle Freeland (0-4, 8.80) suffered the lost despite allowing one run -- a Steven Duggar home run -- in seven innings. He also gave up three singles and walked two while striking out nine. Drew Weeks (.239) went 4-for-4, accounting for four of the Isotopes six hits (all singles).
AA Hartford (6-9, 43-39) won 4-0 against Bowie (Orioles). Jack Wynkoop (6-9, 3.03) pitched the first nine-inning complete game in four-year history of the Yard Goats. It took 2 hours, 2 minutes for him to complete the four-hit shutout in which he did not walk a batter, struck out five and threw 101 pitches. He is the Hartford all-time leader with 57 starts. Arvicent Perez (.292) was 3-for-3 with a double and RBI.
Advanced A Lancaster (9-5, 43-39) lost 14-7 against Inland Empire (Angels). Ryan Rolison (2-5, 4.93) gave up seven runs, six earned, in two innings. Luis Castro (.304) drove in two runs and went 3-for-3, including his 19th home run.
A Asheville (6-8, 35-49) won 10-6 against Lexington (Royals). LeeMarcus Boyd (.227) delivered the tiebreaking grand slam in the sixth inning of the rain-shortened game called after Lexington hit in the top of the seventh. Ryan Feltner (4-6, 6.03) went the first five innings, giving up six runs on nine hits and a walk, striking out five for the win.
Short-season A Boise (10-10) won 9-2 at Everett (Mariners), following up their first road win of the season on Tuesday with another on Wednesday. First-round draft choice Michael Toglia (.289) was 3-for-5 with two runs scored and four RBI. Eris Filpo (2-0, 3.32) allowed two runs on five hits, striking out three in six innings.
Rookie Grand Junction (9-9) lost 9-3 against Rocky Mountain (Brewers). Walking Cabrera (.200) doubled home two runs in the first inning. Aljeandro Mejia (0-1, 9.20) was charged with six runs, one earned, in four innings of relief. Mike Ruff (9.00) allowed two runs on four hits and three walks, striking out two in 1 1/3 innings.