The Sunday Harvest

25 05 2008

Offensive Player of the Week: SS Alcides Escobar

Last 10:  .419 BA, 3 2B, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 6 BB, 4 SB

Alcides has shrugged off the slow start to his 2008 campaign to have a sizzling hot May.  His .419 average in his past ten games is certainly impressive, but Brewers fans should be much more excited about those six walks.  The slick-fielding shortstop’s walk rate hovered around the 3-5% rate.  That’s Ryan Braun-esque.  His plate discipline appears to have improved dramatically this year.  Brewers fans rejoice.

Honorable Mention

3B Mat Gamel – (Last 10:  .391 BA, 4 2B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 6 BB, SB) – Mat has been a given for the past couple of weeks, but I thought we would get him back into the fold this week.  His ability to hit for average and power, yet have above-average plate discipline for a 22-year old is what makes him arguably the number one prospect in MIlwaukee’s system.  He flat rakes.

1B Chris Errecart – (Last 10:  .359 BA, 4 2B, 4 HR, 9 RBI, 1 BB) – The most common criticism of the first baseman is that he may not have enough power to stick at the first base position.  Chris has been out to prove the critics wrong this week, as he’s going on a bit of a power binge.  His plate discipline is still atrocious, but we’ll give him a break this week.

OF Eric Fryer – (Last 10: .324 BA, 2 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB) – Eric was a late addition to the West Virginia lineup, and he’s come in firing on all cylinders.  Don’t be too concerned about the low RBI rate.  Very few have been hitting in West Virginia lately.

Pitcher of the Week: RHP Jeremy Jeffress

After struggling with his command in his season opener a couple weeks ago, Jeremy bounced back in a big way.  In his one start this week, he only went 5.0 innings, but he struck out 10 batters and only walked one.  He scattered four hits during his outing to log a scoreless outing.  Right when I’m getting caught up with pitchers like Sam Narron, Steve Hammond, and Amaury Rivas, Jeremy reminds me why he’s the best pitching prospect the team has.

Honorable Mention

LHP Sam Narron – Since getting called up to Nashville because of his fine work down in Huntsville, Sam has turned in two quality starts.  The lefty had two starts this week.  He went six innings and gave up two earned runs in the first outing, while allowing three runs in seven innings in his second outing of the week.  He is still not a strikeout artist, but Sam has proven to be incredibly effective on the mound.

RHP Amaury Rivas – Amaury also had two appearances this week.  He allowed only one run in each of his outings, while keeping his strikeout rate consistent.  The right-hander still has a tendency to walk too many batters for my taste, but he has lowered his season ERA to 2.53 after those two starts.  Nice work.

LHP Mike Ramlow – After beginning the 2008 season in the starting rotation, West Virginia has moved Mike to the closer’s role.  The move appears to be brilliant.  Mike has responded extremely well, going 3-3 in his save opportunities without giving up a run.  He is still pounding the strike zone, which serves any closer well.  It will be interesting to see whether or not this move is temporary.  Mike did not perform poorly in the starting rotation, but he seems to have found a home in the bullpen.  Time will tell.

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