The Sunday Harvest

11 05 2008

Offensive Player of the Week: C Angel Salome

Last 10 Games:  .531 BA, 4 2B, 1 HR, 11 RBI

Angel Salome came back from his suspension in a big way.  He’s always been known for his offense, but these numbers are ridiculous.  He also has a 3/6 BB/K ratio.  Bill Hall could learn from that.  I cannot help but wish that someone on the Brewers could have this type of hot stretch in the big leagues.  Stretches like this are the reason that Angel is the number one rated catcher in the Brewers system.

I would also like to point out that I figured Matt LaPorta and Mat Gamel being on a hot streak is a given.

Honorable Mention

2B Mike Bell – (Last 10: .371 BA, 5 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 6 RBI) – Mike is known as a power-hitting second baseman who does not hit for average.  He goes against that entire notion this week, hitting for average more than power.  That offense in Huntsville is impressive.

3B Taylor Green – (Last 10: .333 BA, 3 2B, 0 HR, 6 RBI) – While Mat Gamel has continued to mash in Huntsville, Taylor has quietly continued to produce in Brevard County.  His glove is far better than Gamel’s, but he does not hit for as much power.  I would like to see Taylor up the power numbers a bit if he is to make the list next week.

OF Caleb Gindl – (Last 10: .333 BA, 3 2B, 2 HR, 10 RBI) – Caleb spun his wheels out of the gate to start the season, and many thought that Caleb was going to disappoint this season.  It turns out that Caleb has different thoughts about that.  He is hitting for power and average right now.  Impressive.

Pitcher of the Week: LHP Steve Hammond

In his past two starts, Steve has been dominant.  In 12.1 innings on the mound, he has only given up two runs and struck out 16 batters.  That is a sick amount of strikeouts for a left-hander.  It is starts like these that make me believe that Steve may be on his way up the prospect food chain.  He is walking a little too many batters for my liking (6 in 2 starts), but we shall see if that is a trend continues.

Honorable Mention

RHP Joe Bateman – In the past week, Joe has appeared in the three games, going 6 innings without giving up a run and striking out seven batters.  In contrast to Steve Hammond, Joe has kept the walk rate down.  He only has one walk.  Joe has a deceptive, sidearm delivery, which makes him very difficult against righties.  If all goes well, he may be able to make it to the bigs as a situation righty…not unlike Pat Neshek.

RHP Amaury Rivas – Amaury only started one game, but it was impressive.  He pitched six innings of scoreless ball, giving up three hits and striking out three.  Amaury has been getting loads of praise from coaches and the press around West Virginia.  His 95mph fastball may be difficult for batters at Class-A ball, but he will need to develop a solid off-speed pitch.

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