09/07/2004 1:39 PM - Kansas City first baseman Ray Brown was named Northern League Player of the Month for August and September, the league office announced Monday. Brown batted .402 (51-for-127) with a six homers and 31 RBI in 31 games in that period. As well, Brown led the circuit in doubles with 14, slugging percentage (.654) and on-base percentage (.469). Brown also enjoyed a 17-game hitting streak from August 11-30, one shy of the league high for the season.
For the season, Brown was the NL leader with 36 doubles and 56 extra-base hits. His .362 batting average and 131 hits ranked as the second-best in the circuit as did his .624 slugging percentage, and his 85 RBI, .431 on-base percentage, and 124 hits all ranked him third in the league. His nineteen home runs were fifth in the circuit.
As well, Greg Bicknell has been named the Northern League Pitcher of the Week for the week ended September 5, the league office announced on Monday. For the week, Bicknell was 2-0 with a 1.20 ERA, striking out ten in fifteen innings.
The 35-year-old enjoyed a phenomenal season after joining the T-Bones in June, earning a league-high 13 wins while completing five starts, also best in the league. Bicknell's 3.56 ERA ranked him ninth in the league among qualifiers. With the 13 wins this season, Bicknell now has 112 for his career.