Farinaro Top Gun in NYPL (State College Spikes release)
Major League Baseball Advanced Media announced on Monday that State College Spikes pitcher Steven Farinaro has been named the New York-Penn League’s Pitcher of the Week for the week of August 15-21, 2016.
Farinaro earned the honors after striking out a career-high eight batters over seven scoreless innings against the Williamsport Crosscutters on Wednesday. The right-hander allowed just four hits during the outing, and notched-his league-leading seventh victory in the process.
The Cardinals’ 11th-round draft choice in 2013 out of Head Royce (CA) High School, Farinaro is now just one win shy of the Spikes’ single-season wins record shared by Tyler Cox in 2009 and Kevin Decker in 2010. Farinaro has struck out 36 batters and walked 16 while posting a 4.41 ERA over 65 1/3 innings this season.
Farinaro is the first Spike to be named NYPL Pitcher of the Week since Juan Perez for July 14-20, 2015, and the fifth in the history of the franchise.
The Palm Beach Cardinals received one of their top hitters with the activation of Cole Lankford from the seven-day disabled list on Monday. The 23-year-old missed two weeks, with his move onto the DL having been effective on August 8.
Since joining Palm Beach from extended spring training in May, Lankford has spent all of 2016 in the Florida State League, slashing .289/.327/.430/.667 with a home run and 24 RBI through 66 games played (256 at-bats). Defensively, he has played at first, second, third base, left field and right field this season.
Infielder Matt Davis has been reassigned to the Peoria Chiefs from Palm Beach, reversing the move he made on August 9. With the Beach Birds, the 23-year old went 2-for-10, both singles, and drew one walk.
Earlier, Davis, a free agent signee last month, played in eight games with the Chiefs after nine with State College, but did not hit at either level, with a combined line of .172/.254/.172/.425.
With these moves, Palm Beach’s roster remains at full strength while Peoria is back to its full complement of 25 players.
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