The Sunday Harvest

4 05 2008

Offensive Player of the Week: Matt LaPorta

Last 10 Games: .365 BA, 7 2B, 5 HR, 17 RBI

Matt started the 2008 season rather slowly, but he is starting to produce in a big way.  In the last 10 games, he has hit .368 with 7 doubles, 5 homers, and 17 runs batted in.  That’s a big week or so of production.  His plate discipline looks to be improving as well.  In the same stretch of games, he has drawn 5 walks, while only striking out 6 times.  That BB/K ratio is looking pretty stellar.  I originally had Matt as the #2 prospect in the Brewers system behind Manny Parra.  Manny has struggled in his stint with the Brewers, however, and Matt has continued mashing in Huntsville.  I now feel comfortable giving Matt LaPorta the honor of being the #1 rated prospect in the Milwaukee Brewers organization.

Honorable Mention:

3B Mat Gamel (Last 10 Games: .476 BA, 2 2B, 3 3B, 4 HR, 10 RBI, 1 SB) – Mat would normally get this honor, but his defensive struggles kept him out of the Prospect of the Week column.  He is a monster at the plate though.

3B Russell Branyan (Last 10: .306 BA, 2 2B, 2 HR, 11 RBI) – Russell has done nothing but produce in Nashville in 2008.  He deserves a shot in the big leagues this season.  The question is…where do we put him?

C Jonathan Lucroy (Last 10: .361 BA, 3 2B, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 1 SB) – The Brewers drafted Jonathan in the third round of last year’s draft, so they knew he had talent.  I don’t think they expected him to immediately step in and hit as well as he has.  His defensive skills need a little work, but his offensive abilities could vault him to Brevard County sometime soon.

Pitcher of the Week: LHP Sam Narron

Sam has thrown the ball brilliantly in the past couple weeks.  On April 23rd, Sam pitched a complete game two-hitter and got the win.  He did give up a run, but I would be just grasping for straws if I criticized that.  To follow up that start, Sam pitched six innings of one-run ball.  It will be interesting to see if Sam can keep up this success with such a low strikeout rate.  He has only 14 strikeouts in 31.0 innings.  He is getting outs and keeping his pitch-count down because he is pitching to contact.  His GO/AO ratio is fantastic, as Sam gets over two ground outs for every out in the air.  That’s why he’s having success.

Honorable Mention:

RHP Omar Aguilar – The fireballer has struck out 17 batters in only 14.1 innings of work.  He has only given up one earned run all year, and it happened on April 6th.  In the past week, Aguilar has pitched twice, picking up two saves and striking out two.  Stud.

LHP Steve Hammond – Steve’s command has been much better in his last two starts.  He walked only two batters, while striking out 14 in 13.0 innings.  A lefty that strikes out more than one batter per inning pitched is a luxury.  Watch out for Steve Hammond.  He looks to be getting his command issues worked out.



One response

5 05 2008

I think that Russell Branyan should be called up because J.J. Hardy cannot do anything at the plate….

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