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Former Moccasin Michael Snyder Named Topps Minor League Player of the Month

Former Florida Southern consensus All-Region player Mike Snyder has been named as one of the Topps Minor League Baseball Player of the Month Award winners for the month of July. The Topps Company of New York, in conjunction with Minor League Baseball, announced a total of 16 award winners for July.

Snyder, who was a 23rd round selection of the Los Angeles Angels in June’s Major League Baseball Draft, earned the Topps Player of the Month Award after driving in 34 runs and collecting 34 extra base hits and 66 total bases in the month for the Orem Owlz of the Pioneer League.

In the month of July, Snyder, who plays third base for the Owlz, had hits in his first nine games to stretch a hitting streak to 18 straight games and he ranked second in the league in slugging percentage (.600) and third in home runs (6) and OPS (1.114).

Snyder has played 44 games this season for the Rookie League Owlz and in 44 games, he has recorded 56 hits, scored 29 runs and has a .552 slugging percentage. The Centerville, Va., native, leads the team with 17 doubles and 43 RBIs and has hit seven home runs and one triple for the Owlz, who are 8-3 and are sitting atop the second half standings of the Pioneer League South Division.

This past season for the Moccasins, Snyder was named a First-Team All-South Region selection by Daktronics, National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) and he also garnered First-Team All-Sunshine State Conference honors after hitting .325 with 13 doubles, a team-leading 12 home runs and a team-best 47 RBIs.

Snyder hit eight of his 12 homers and recorded 30 RBIs in 24 SSC games and was second in the league in RBIs and was third in the league in slugging percentage (.620) and home runs. In his two year career, Snyder, who transferred to FSC from the University of Mississippi, recorded 22 home runs and had 91 RBIs and was a two-time First-Team All-SSC honoree.

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