The Sunday Harvest

8 06 2008

Player of the Week: SS Alcides Escobar

Last 10 Games: .548 AB (23-42), 2 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 12 RBI, 5 SB

Alcides struggled a little to start the season, but he certainly hasn’t needed too much time to adjust to the pitching in Double-AA Huntsville.  The biggest knocks on Alcides coming into the season were his lack of power and lack of plate discipline.  His power numbers have gone up (6 home runs), his extra base hits have skyrocketed (16 extra-base hits), and his plate discipline has improved (4:7 BB:K ratio this week).  The young shortstop is uncharacteristically struggling in the field a bit this season and is striking out too much, but he is making huge strides at the plate.

Honorable Mention

CF Michael Brantley – (Last 10: .410 AB, 2 2B, 3 HR, 7 RBI, SB) – I really wanted to give Michael the award for this week, but Alcides had a great week at the same time.  Michael has had a fantastic batting average all season, but he has finally found a bit of a power stroke.  His plate discipline is still ridiculous.  This week, he had a 9:2 walk-to-strikeout ratio.  For the season, he has 31 walks and only 13 strikeouts.  He has more stolen bases than walks!  Rickie Weeks, take note.

3B Mat Gamel – (Last 10: .390 AB, 5 2B, 3 HR, 14 RBI, 2 SB) – Well, Mat makes another appearance on the list this week.  i don’t even know what else to say about the young man.  He’s had a few errors this week, but he is flat-out mashing the ball.  Monster season

3B Zelous Wheeler – (Last 10: .316 AB, 3 2B, 1 HR, 11 RBI, 1 SB) – Zelous remains as one of the only hitters in West Virginia that are hitting on a consistent basis.  I could have easily included Jonathan Lucroy on this list, but Zelous had a nice week after scuffling last week.

Pitcher of the Week: LHP David Welch

How can David Welch not be the pitcher of the week?  Earlier in the week, he through a seven-inning no-hitter that was shortened due to a double header that day.  That alone would have garnered him the award.  He followed it up yesterday, however, going six solid innings and only allowing one run.  That’s 13 innings of one-run ball for all you non-math majors out there.  He may not strike out too many batters, but he gets the job done.  It’s that simple.

Honorable Mention

RHP Jeremy Jeffress – After blowing up in his only start last week, Jeremy bounced back in a big way to make the Honorable Mention for the first week of June.  Combining his two starts together, he posted a line of 14.0 IP, 6 hits, 1 ER, 3 BB, 14 K.  That’s more like it Jeremy.  That’s big league pitching right there.

RHP Jeff Weaver Jeff is pitching like the big league veteran the Brewers thought they were signing.  This week, the right-hander had two very solid outings.  He went seven innings in both starts, allowing two runs a piece.  That is the innings eating type of pitcher the Brewers want Jeff Weaver to be.  If Dave Bush cannot figure out his first inning blow-up thing, Jeff may be seeing the big leagues in a week or so.  Milwaukee does not want to lose the veteran to his opt-out clause if he’s pitching like this.

LHP Chris Cody Remember Chris Cody?  He was the no-name prospect the Brewers got from the Detroit Tigers last season for Jose Capellan.  The Brewers scouting team must have knew what they were getting in return.  This week, Chris had two outings.  If you combine them, you get a line that puts Chris on Jeremy Jeffress-like level.  It looks a little like this: 15.0 IP, 6 hits, 1 ER, 1 BB, 13 K.  The left-hander has a devastating change-up, and he’s making it dance in WV.  He’s a bit old to be in low-A ball, so I expect a call up to Brevard County as early as this week.  Rafael Lluberes may need to be sent down to WV.  He’s been terrible this season.

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13 08 2008
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