Melky named top Blue Jays' player for July

Melky named top Blue Jays' player for July

HOUSTON -- Left fielder Melky Cabera has been named the Blue Jays' Player of the Month for July by the Toronto chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Cabrera ranked second in the American League with 37 hits in July. He also had a .356 average (eighth in the AL), eight doubles, one triple, three homers and a .956 OPS in 26 games.

The 29-year-old had 11 multi-hit games and three games with three hits. On the season, Cabrera ranks first in runs (70), hits (142) and is second in average (.312) among switch-hitters.

Right-hander Marcus Stroman picked up one first-place vote and finished as the runner-up for the monthly award. Stroman went 3-0 with a 1.71 ERA and a .193 opponents' batting average in five starts.

The start of August didn't treat Stroman as kindly. He allowed five earned runs over three innings in the shortest start of his career on Sunday against the Astros.

This marks the second time this season that Cabrera has received a player of the month award. He shared the honors in April with left-hander Mark Buehrle, while Edwin Encarnacion won in May and June.

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.