The Sunday Harvest

6 07 2008

Player of the Week: C/OF Eric Fryer

Last 10 Games:  .514 BA, 2 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 3 SB

One of the biggest surprises in West Virginia this season has been the play of Eric Fryer.  WV has been playing him a lot in the outfield, but he is capable of calling games behind the dish as well.  As you can see from the statistics, Eric has been an absolute hit machine over the past week and a half.  His breakout season is a bit of a surprise, as he only hit .209 in Helena last season.  Whatever the reason, balls have started to drop for Eric.  The power is there, and the plate discipline has been better than average.  In the past week, he has drawn four walks and struck out five times.  Not bad.  It will be very interesting to see how the season progresses for Eric Fryer.

Honorable Mention

C Jonathan Lucroy – (Last 10: .333 BA, 3 2B, 1 HR, 7 RBI) – No matter the level, Jonathan Lucroy has shown he can swing the stick.  One of the more overlooked aspects of his game has been the superb plate discipline.  Since joining the Manatees, he has a 2:1 BB:K ratio.  If his defense can progress as scouts say it has, Lucroy will be challenging Angel Salome for the top catcher in the system.

OF Lorenzo Cain – (Last 10: .368 BA, 3 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, SB) – Rumor has it that Lo may be on his way out of Milwaukee’s farm system, but he is certainly not leaving quietly.  Since struggling in April, Cain’s stats have been clamoring for a promotion.  The power is starting to come, and he’s driving the ball more consistently to all fields.  The plate discipline could be better, but Milwaukee will wait for that to develop.  Lorenzo is a five-tool player that may be on the verge of a breakout year next season.  No one is sure if that will be in Milwaukee’s system or Cleveland’s, however.

OF Christopher Dennis – (Last 6: .320 BA, 2B, 4 HR, 7 RBI) – I do not know much about Dennis besides the fact that the scouts rave about the young man’s abilities at the plate.  He seems to be another above-average offensive player that still needs development on the defensive side of the game.  Does Milwaukee draft anyone otherwise?

Pitcher of the Week: LHP Sam Narron

The Nashville Sounds have been starved for pitching this entire season.  So when a Sounds pitcher goes the distance in a game, he almost certainly gets the nod as Pitcher of the Week.  Sam pitched a beautiful game against Memphis last week, going the distance while only allowing one run to score.  He scattered nine hits, while walking two hitters.  Sam relies on inducing ground balls and doesn’t strike out many opposing batters.  His strikeout numbers may need to climb a bit for him to challenge for a spot in the big leagues, but he’s quickly becoming one of the most consistent pitchers down in Nashville.

Honorable Mentions

LHP Mike Ramlow – After Ramlow dominated hitters as West Virginia’s closer, the team decided to try him out as a starter.  That experiment did not work as well as planned, so Mike returned to the bullpen.  In one appearance this week, he bounced back very nicely.  He went 4.2 innings and recorded the win, while surrendering no runs.  It may not seem like much, but Ramlow has been an extremely effective reliever for WV.  The fact that he is a lefty may earn him a promotion rather soon.

LHP Daniel Merklinger – Daniel has been horrendous for most of the season, as his 6.70 ERA would suggest.  A left-handed fly-ball pitcher will not turn many heads in single-A ball.  His last start will, however.  The young man gave up one run and struck out nine in six innings of work.  That is the type of performance WV has expected from Merklinger all season.  Perhaps he’s just beginning to find his stride going into the second half of the season.

RHP Adam Arnold – Helena’s closer has been lights-out since inheriting the role.  He is now 3-for-3 in save chances and is striking out almost one batter per inning.  After walking two batters in his first outing three weeks ago, the young right-hander has only walked one in his last six-plus innings.  He has had a little trouble against lefties, but that should be expected from a pitcher in rookie ball.  The start has been bright from Adam.  Hopefully, he can keep it up all season.

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