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Eldred's incredible month earns him trip back to majors
April 26, 2012 - Cory Giger
Brad Eldred enjoyed one of the greatest months in minor league history for the Curve in 2004, and as hard as it may be to believe, he's been even better this month for Triple-A Toledo.
Eldred's phenomenal start has earned him a trip back to the big leagues as he was called up Thursday by the Detroit Tigers.
In 20 games for Toledo, Eldred hit a whopping 13 homers with 35 RBIs. He also collected a hit in every game and batted .388 with nine doubles, a triple and a 1.457 OPS.
Eldred leads all of minor league baseball in homers, RBIs, extra-base hits (23), total bases (81) and OPS.
Eldred hit 14 homers with a staggering 50 RBIs for Altoona in August of 2004. The RBI total is believed to be one of the highest in minor league history for a single month, although no official record is kept for that statistic.
His 2012 season with Toledo didn't start until April 6, and he's missing the final five days of the month with the team. Had he hit at his current pace over a 30-day stretch, he would have been around 19 homers and 52 RBIs.
Strikeouts have been Eldred's downfall throughout his career, and he did fan 21 times in 80 at-bats for Toledo. Eldred served primarily as the Mud Hens' designated hitter, which is where the Tigers likely will try to get him in the lineup.
One of Eldred's homers came against Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett, who was making a rehab start for Indianapolis.