Minor League Monday: August 6th

(AAA) Round Rock Express

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.

(AA) Frisco RoughRiders

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.

Kazuto Yamazaki is a Staff Writer for ShutDownInning.com. He can be reached on Twitter@LaBlynne or at lonestarfastballer@yahoo.com
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Grew up in Tokyo, Kaz fell in love with the 2004 Rangers that featured Hank Blalock and Mark Teixeira, and has been a fan since then. Other than doing baseball-related activity, which consumes most of his time, he enjoys singing and playing the guitar. He also writes for The Dynasty Guru and The Scoop Sports. You can follow Kaz on Twitter @Kazuto_Yamazaki and reach him via email kazuto.yamazaki@shutdowninning.com.

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