Reading outfielder Zach Collier is the Phillies Minor League Player of the Month for August. Pitching honors go to right-hander Mark Leiter of the Lakewood BlueClaws.
Collier, a member of the Phillies 40-man roster, batted .327 with 33 hits, five triples, one home run, 10 RBI and a .918 OPS in 29 games during the month. The 22-year-old set career highs this season in games played (123), at-bats (446), runs (57), triples (9), and home runs (8) while matching his career high in RBI (36).
A native of Long Beach, Calif., Collier was selected by the Phillies between the 1st and 2nd rounds of the June 2008 draft and signed by Darrell Conner.
Leiter, 22, went 4-0 with a 0.64 ERA in six games (four starts) during the month, splitting time between Rookie-level Gulf Coast League, single-A Clearwater and low-A Lakewood. The Forked River, N.J. resident struck out 27 batters while walking only seven in 28.0 innings of work.
Selected in the 22nd round of this year's First-Year Player Draft, Leiter did not allow a run in 16.0 innings while holding opponents to a .193 average (11-57) in his three starts for Lakewood this month.
He is the son of former Phillies pitcher Mark Leiter and the nephew of former MLB pitcher Al Leiter.