Minor League Players of the Week

Like every week, several minor players out-distanced themselves from the rest of the pack to receive recognition. The names may surprise you, writes's Jason A. Churchill.

It's normal for the majority of these weekly awards to be given out to top prospects and well-known players. This week is different.

POSITION PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Inland Empire OF Dustin Delucchi

The 25-year-old lefty hit a robust .400 (12-30) this week with three doubles, five runs scored, three RBI, and a stolen base while batting leadoff for the 66ers. Starting off by going 4-4 with two runs scored on Monday paved the way for his big week at the plate. Delucchi is hitting .364 since his recent promotion to high-A California League.


Delucchi did have pretty stiff competition, however. Inland Empire 1B Jon Nelson hit .317 (7-22) with a homerun, four RBI, two doubles and four runs scored. Also having solid weeks were Inland Empire OF Greg Jacobs, who went 7-25 (.280) with two triples, four doubles, two RBI and four runs scored, and Tacoma OF Kenny Kelly, who drilled two homers and drove in four in a 5-4 loss to Tucson.

The pitchers that caught the eye this week were not the biggest of names either. There were no complete-game shutouts, no double-digit strikeout efforts, and no two-start heroics. One player did stand out from the rest,however.

PITCHER OF THE WEEK: San Antonio RHP Chris Wright

In two appearances Wright, 26, totaled six scoreless innings, allowing four hits, two walks and six strikeouts. One of the two appearances was a spot-start where he went four two-hit innings, lowering his season ERA to 3.95 in 68.1 innings of workfor the Missions.


Wright had close competition from Inland Empire 66ers long-reliever/spot starter Brian Strelitz , (6.1ip 0ER 0BB 4K), left-handed starter Troy Cate, (6.0ip 4H 0ER 1BB 6K), and Wisconsin starters Tanner Watson (6ip 4H 0ER 1BB 6K), Cesar Jiminez (6ip 6H 1ER 1BB 3K) and Juan Sandoval (7.1ip 6H 0ER 1BB 3K).

Former top prospect Cha Sueng Baek made his return from injury with a scoreless three-inning stint, allowing just two hits and a walk while striking out four.

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