Wheeler And Goldschmidt In Running For Bauman Award
Tulsa’s Tim Wheeler and Mobile’s Paul Goldschmidt sit atop the Minor League Baseball home run standings with 29 each with about six weeks left in the regular season and in the race for the Joe Bauman Home Run Award, presented by Musco Sports Lighting.
The player who leads all domestic leagues in homers will be presented the Joe Bauman Trophy in December at the Baseball Winter Meetings in Dallas, Texas. The winner will also receive a check representing $200 for each regular season home run he hit.
There is no shortage of pursuers chasing Goldschmidt and Wheeler, a pair of 23-year-olds, for the honor. Ten players are within five homers of the pair, including Bryan LaHair of Iowa who is just one back.
The top home run hitter in each classification level, provided he is not the overall winner, receives $500. Goldschmidt captured the Class A prize last season with 35 roundtrippers, just one less than overall winner Mike Moustakas.
LaHair leads Triple-A™ with his 28 longballs, two more than Cody Ransom of Reno and Trayvon Robinson of Albuquerque.
Goldschmidt and Wheeler are the top two in Double-A, five ahead of Tyler Moore (Harrisburg).
Michael Choice of Stockton and Ian Gac of Winston-Salem share the Class A lead with 27. South Bend’s Yazy Arbelo is their closest pursuer and is four behind the leaders.
Jeff Malm of Hudson Valley and Murray Watts of the Burlington Royals are tied for the short season/rookie classification lead with 11. Stephen McQuail of Vancouver and Elizabethton’s Eddie Rosario are just one back of the duo.