Today the first thing we will look at are the players and team of the week for last week, because there are a couple special announcements to make afterwards. So, let's gets to it.
Offensive Player Of The Week:
Yes, maybe the rarefied air of Adelanto, California may have something to do with the fact that two of our first three offensive players of the week come from High Desert, but you can't deny the numbers. In week three of our young season, Corey Hart takes the award. A firstbaseman by trade, Corey has a ton of skills at the plate, exemplified by his performance last week. In 23 at-bats covering 6 games, Corey hit .391/.462/.826, a good accomplishment even in the California League. He hit 2 doubles, 1 triple and 2 home runs, drove in 6 runners, and walked 3 times while only striking out a like 3. He also committed no errors in the field. Drafted officially as "Jon C. Hart" by the Brewers back in the 11th round of the 2000 draft out of a Kentucky high school, Corey began hitting immediately in Ogden that season and has shown a knack for controlling the strike zone very well for his size: he is 6'7 and still growing, having just turned 20 a month ago.
Last Week: Ryan Thompson, OF, Indianapolis
April 15th: Ryan Knox, OF, High Desert
Pitcher Of The Week:
Pitching one good game in the Cal League is hard enough, but pitching two good games will probably get you the nod as pitcher of the week, and two good games for the Mavericks earns Justin Gordon the honor this week. In those 2 starts, totaling 11 innings, Justin gave up 8 hits and 4 walks, but also struck out 8, and more importantly, only gave 1 run last week, for an ERA of a scant 0.82. The big 22 year old, 6'5, 215 pound lefty was drafted by the Brewers way down in the 32nd round back in the 1999 draft out of a Massachusetts community college, where he played mostly at first base. Since he has been converted to a pitcher, Justin has seen some good times and has also struggled some times, but this last week is a good base for a breakthrough for Justin.
Last Week: Brian Nielsen, SP, Beloit
April 15th: Andrew Lorraine, SP, Indianapolis
And now, two bits of news. First of all, in about 2 days, Brewerfan.com will present it's interview with prized Brewers prospect Ben Hendrickson. I had a chance to talk to him back in spring training, and he had a lot to share, so make sure to come on back to the site and check that out. Secondly, Brewerfan.com is proud to present it's first 2 Minor League Players Of The Month. Like the players of the week, this pitcher and this hitter displayed a lot of talent for their teams during their time on the field during the past month. To reward them for the efforts, Brewerfan.com will send them each a bumpersticker to proudly display on their cars, in their lockers, or wherever. So, without further ado, here they are:
BREWERFAN.COM'S MINOR LEAGUE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE MONTH:
RYAN KNOX, OF, HIGH DESERT
Ryan's absolutely amazing first week of the season probably propelled him alone to this award, but he kept up a good pace over the final two weeks too, and help off a number of usurpers to his thrown to win. Ryan just plain overmatched his Cal League mound competition for the month of April, boasting a statistical line of 93 at-bats, 7 doubles, 1 triple, 5 home runs, 15 RBIs, 8 walks (along with 3 times being hit by a pitch) and 15 stolen bases, which all adds up to .355/.423/.613. A centerfielder by trade, Ryan played mostly corner outfield for the Mavs because of Dave Krynzel's presence, but he hit like a corner outfielder during his stay and ran like a centerfielder, making himself manager Mike Caldwell's dream. Ryan was given a well-deserved promotion after the last game of the month to Huntsville, where he looks to pick up where he left off in High Desert. Ryan was selected in the 24th round of the 1999 draft out of Illinois State University, is listed at 6'0, 185, he bats and throws right, and he is 24 years old.
BREWERFAN.COM'S MINOR LEAGUE PITCHER OF THE MONTH:
MATT YEATMAN, SP, BELOIT
Although he was never given the honor of being named pitcher of the week, Matt had an excellent first month of the season and really pushed himself into the prospect spotlight. In 5 starts during the month of April, Matt had a 2-1 record and a sparkling 1.42 ERA, spanning 25.1 innings pitched. He allowed 19 hits and 10 walks, but also struck out 22, and most importantly, only gave up 4 earned runs in his 5 starts. Bounced between the rotation and the bullpen in Ogden last season during his debut, Matt could never really get into a rhythm on the mound, but a strong spring earned him a spot in Beloit's prospect-laden rotation and Snappers manager Don Money even gave him the nod to make the coveted Opening Day start. Matt was selected in the 13th round of the 2000 draft out of Tomball High School in Tomball, Texas. He is a big guy, checking in at 6'4 and 200 pounds, is right-handed and doesn't turn 20 until early August.