By: Brenna Carberry
The month of July was a big one for the Cubs' farm system - from trades and acquisitions to promotions to the big league team - but through it all, the production of top-of-the-line position players didn't slow down one bit.
On Monday, the Cubs named Single-A South Bend outfielder Eddy Martinez and left-handed pitcher Jose Paulino the organization's minor league player and pitcher of the month for July, respectively.
Martinez, who signed with the Cubs as a non-drafted free agent in October 2015, hit .362 with six doubles, two triples, three homers, 17 runs scored and 22 RBI in 27 games with South Bend in July. He drew 15 walks, contributing to a .446 OBP and a 1.010 OPS, both of which led the Cubs organization.
The 21-year-old native of Las Tunas, Cuba, is batting .266 with 20 doubles, two triples, nine homers, 60 runs scored and 62 RBI in 105 games with South Bend this season.
Paulino, who was signed as a non-drafted free agent in July 2011 out of San Cristobal, Dominican Republic, went 4-0 with a 1.50 ERA (5 ER/30.0 IP) in five July games between Single-A Eugene and South Bend, allowing just 17 hits, four walks and striking out 31.
In eight starts this season between Eugene and South Bend, Paulino is 5-0 with a 0.96 ERA (5 ER/47.0 IP) while allowing only one homer, walking seven and striking out 45.
The 21-year-old lefty was named the MiLB.com Northwest League Player of the Month for July and has twice been named the Northwest League Pitcher of the Week (July 4-10 and July 18-24).