Minor League Monday: August 6th
Player Of The Week: Ben Rowen
There goes the submarine right hander again. Rowen’s first full month at AAA was domination. In the seventh month of the year, he appeared in 7 games, tossed 9.1 innings, gave up 2 runs (neither were earned) on 4 hits, 5 walks while striking out 10. He had an .121/.237/.121 opposing line during the month. His overall numbers at the level are even more impressive. 0.00 ERA, 18/6 K/BB, 6.20 GB/FB ratio in 15.1 innings.
Player of the week: Alex Buchholz
Frisco’s offense struggled in July, but the 25-year old third baseman didn’t. He had a .341/.412/.615 slash, 14 RBI, 6 HR including 4 in 4 games in the month. Buchholz got recalled from Round Rock on July 30 and has hit .350/.350/.450 in 20 PA since the promotion.
(High-A) Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Player of the week: Luke Jackson
The 45th overall pick (3 picks before Mike Olt) in the 2010 amateur draft has had a successful career so far. The 21-year old’s 2013 has been stellar, and July was not an exception. He started 5 games in the month, tossed no less than 6 innings and gave up no more than 3 runs in each start. In 31.1 July innings, he gave up 10 runs (9 earned) on 22 hits, a HR, 13 walks while striking out 30. He’s been called up to Frisco recently and struck out 4 in 2 innings in his AA debut on Sunday evening.
(Low-A) Hickory Crawdads
Player of the week: Nick Williams
Hickory’s historic HR pace slowed down in July, but Williams’ consistency didn’t. Actually, he did only hit 1 home run in the month, but his .349/.411/.535 slash line in 95 PA was healthy enough contribution. He also became the 1st player in the Dads’ history to hit double-digit doubles, triples, home runs in the same season. He’s been placed on DL with an illness, but should be back at the end of the week.
(SS-A) Spokane Indians
Player of the week: Kelvin Vasquez
Vasquez is a 19-year old right hander from the Dominican Republic. In July, he had an ERA of 2.49, opposing line of .200/.378/.213, struck out 27 in 21.2 innings. As his opposing line suggests, his problem is control. He walked 22 in that span. Walking more than innings pitched is never a good sign. BUt once he learns to throw strikes, it’s not hard to imagine him pitching in Hickory, or even Myrtle Beach.
(Rookie) Arizona Rangers
Player of the week: Fernando Vivili
His name may sound like more a Premier League striker than a 19-year old Dominican catcher. Vivili made his season debut on July 15. Since then, he hit .267/.333/.633 with 3 HR in 33 PA until the end of the month. He’s added one more long ball in August and currently leads the team in home runs.