The Sunday Harvest

29 06 2008

Player of the Week: C/OF Eric Fryer

Last 10 Games:  .389 BA, 3 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 2 SB

Eric has been flying under the radar a bit in West Virginia, but with Jonathan Lucroy now up in Brevard County, the spotlight is shining firmly on Eric.  He has been playing both catcher and outfield for the Power.  That kind of versatility for a catcher is a big plus.  It reminds me very much of Vinny Rottino.  The kid can hit though, make no doubt about that.  He’s hitting for power, while still showing patience at the plate.  In his last ten games, Eric has drawn five walks and only struck out four times.  Having that type of BB:K ratio will help any team.

Honorable Mention

C Jonathan Lucroy – (Last 10: .344 BA, 2B, 3B, 2 HR, 10 RBI) – Jonathan may have been promoted to Brevard County recently, but it has not slowed his bat down one bit.  The young catcher continues to prove that his bat is no fluke.  Solid catchers who can hit are difficult to find, and the Milwaukee Brewers may have found an absolute gem in Mr. Lucroy.

RF Caleb Gindl – (Last 10: .357 BA, 4 2B, HR, 10 RBI, SB) – Even though he is only 19-years old, Caleb is showing why he is one of the brightest prospects in Milwaukee’s system.  The free-swinging outfielder has found his stroke in June, and West Virginia’s team has benefited greatly because of it.  Caleb is upping his average right now, which is a great sign, but the power numbers should continue to come.  If he can polish up his defensive abilities in right just a bit, a promotion to Brevard is not out of the question.

OF Erik Komatsu – (Last 8 Games: .400 BA, 4 2B, HR, 6 RBI, 2 SB) – The season may have just started for the Helena Brewers, but Komatsu is already in mid-season form.  The transition from college ball to the pros seems relatively seamless in Erik’s case.  He is still hitting for power with a wooden bat.  That is not something to be taken lightly.  We’ll continue to keep an eye on Erik.

Pitcher of the Week: RHP Evan Anundsen

Evan has been the model of consistency for West Virginia throughout the season, but his start this week was fantastic.  The young right-hander threw eight innings of shutout ball.  He struck out six batters, walking none, and giving up four hits along the way.  Dominate stuff right there.  Match that with his astounding 2.41 ground-out/fly-out ratio, and you can see why Evan is a 20-year old to watch.

Honorable Mention

LHP Randy Choate – The veteran southpaw sought to make the big league squad out of Spring Training, but a broken hand stifled those dreams.  Randy is now healthy, however, and dominating in his rehab outings.  In 7.1 innings of work, Choate has given up only two hits, while allowing zero runs to cross the plate.  Mitch Stetter may be looking at a trip back to Nashville once Randy is finished with his rehab assignment.

RHP Alexandre Periard – This 21-year old Canadian had a fine outing last week.  He pitched eight shutout innings, scattering two walks and seven hits.  Alexandre is a ground ball pitcher who relies on his defense behind him, rather than the strikeout.  In an interesting split, Periard has been better on the road thus far in 2008.  A 21-year old who is unfazed by pitching on the road.  He should teach Dave Bush something about that.

RHP Liam Ohlmann – Before the season started for the AZL Brewers, Liam Ohlmann could hardly contain his excitement.  He had just been drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers, and he could simply not wait to pitch in his first professional game.  That over-the-top enthusiasm led be to believe Liam would struggle in his first couple outings until he regained his composure.  Turns out I was wrong.  Liam has pitched four scoreless innings for the AZL Brewers thus far in his professional career.  He has only given up one hit, while striking out three.  The young man has yet to walk anyone.  Not a bad start at all.



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