Joey Gallo, Alex Gonzalez monthly winners


Double-A Frisco third baseman Joey Gallo and right-handed starting pitcher Alex "Chi Chi" Gonzalez were named minor league player and pitcher of the month for May. Catcher Tomas Telis was named defender of the month and right-handed pitcher Phil Klein was the reliever of the month.

Gallo hit .326 in May with four doubles, a triple, 12 home runs, 26 RBIs, 26 walks, 26 runs in 28 games with Class A Myrtle Beach. He played well enough to earn a promotion to Double-A Frisco earlier this week. You can read about Gallo's first game in Frisco here.

Here's more on Gonzalez, Telis and Klein from the club's release:

Gonzalez, 22, went 4-0 with a 1.59 ERA (6 ER/34.0 IP) and 26 strikeouts against 10 walks over 5 starts with High-A Myrtle Beach in May. The right-hander also held Carolina League batters to a .179 average (22-123) during the month. The Oral Roberts product completed at least 7.0 innings in 3 of the 5 starts, including a career-best 8.0 shutout innings on May 3 vs. Frederick. Gonzalez also had a no-hitter broken up in the 7th inning of his start on May 20 at Frederick, earning his 5th consecutive win in that outing. He was promoted to Frisco on June 10 and allowed just one hit over 5.0 scoreless innings in his Double-A debut that night vs. Midland. Overall, Gonzalez has combined to go 6-2 with a 2.43 ERA (19 ER/70.1 IP) over 12 starts with Myrtle Beach and Frisco. The Florida native was selected in the first round (23rd overall) of the 2013 June draft and signed by Jay Eddings.

Telis, who turns 23 next Wednesday, appeared in 14 games behind the plate and started once at third base for the RoughRiders in May. Overall, Telis has played 31 games at catcher this season for Frisco and compiled a .990 fielding percentage (3 E/291 TC). He has also thrown out 15 of 55 (27.3%) would-be basestealers. At the plate, Telis is batting .328 (59-180) with 12 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs, and 27 RBI. The Venezuela native currently boasts the highest average in the Texas League after batting.369 (38-103) over 26 games in May.

Klein, 25, compiled a 0.71 ERA (1 ER/12.2 IP) and converted all 6 save opportunities over 9 relief appearances in May. The right-hander recorded 14 strikeouts against just 3 walks and limited opposing batters to a .122 average (5-41). Klein finished the month with 8.2 scoreless innings over his last 6 appearances, a scoreless streak that currently stands at 11.2 innings. The former Youngstown State Penguin has gone 3-0 with a 0.95 ERA (3 ER/28.1 IP) and 37 strikeouts over 20 relief appearances with the ‘Riders this season. He is currently tied for 4th in the Texas League with 7 saves. The Ohio native was selected in the 30th round of the 2011 June draft and signed by Roger Coryell.