Mariners Minor League Players of the Week

The Player of the Week Award at InsidethePark.com returns, but nothing has changed. A Triple-A Slugger and a trio of young arms dominate this week's honor list... AGAIN. Which slugger is it that takes home the hardware? Can you guess which three pitchers are knotted up at the top?

Position Player of the Week Finalists

5. Hunter Brown, 1B/3B, San Antonio Missions
The versatile Brown collected eight hits in 17 at-bats (.471) for the Missions over the past week. The Rice University product smacked two doubles, scored six runs and drove in three. Brown is now hitting .297 with six home runs and 23 RBI, and has a solid .376 on-base percentage while hitting second in the order.

4. Eric Blakeley, UT, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
Blakeley hit .474 (9-19) for the week, adding four RBI, and eight runs scored. Blakeley is hitting .321 with two home runs in his 25 games with Wisconsin.

3. Josh Womack, OF, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
Womack laced out nine hits in 24 at-bats (.375) this past week for the Rattlers. The 20-year-old had two doubles, a home run, three RBI and seven runs scored while piling up four multi-hit games. Womack is hitting .275 with 22 extra-base hits and 10 steals on the season.

2. Bryan LaHair, 1B, Everett Aqua Sox
LaHair led the Aqua Sox offense on opening weekend, and mashed his way into the top five this week in the process. The left-handed hitting first baseman went 8-17 (.471) with a home run and four doubles while gathering two hits in three of four contests. The 21-year-old had five RBI over the weekend to pace the Sox.

InsidethePark.com Position Player of the Week

Bucky Jacobsen, DH, Tacoma Rainiers
Jacobsen is no stranger to this list, and has won these awards before. This might be the most impressive week of the season with the power stick. Jacobsen pounded out 10 hits in 26 at-bats (.385) with four home runs, and a whopping 10 RBI. The PCL's RBI leader with 66, Jacobsen also leads the team in home runs with 19 and is second with a .316 average.

The 28-year-old slugger has turned into an RBI machine and has four weeks of 10 or more this season. Jacobsen is fourth in all of the minor leagues in RBI and his 66 rank him atop the entire Mariner organization.


Pitcher of the Week Finalists

5. Ryan Rowland-Smith, LHP, Inland Empire 66ers
Rowland-Smith made two appearances this past week, one a spot start. Combined, the lefty went eight solid innings allowing just three earned runs on seven hits. The Australian native struck out 11 without issuing a single walk and is now 2-1 with a 3.75 ERA on the season.

4. Jason Mackintosh, LHP, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
Mackintosh went six strong innings allowing just two hits and an earned run in his only start of the week. The southpaw struck out 10 and is now 1-1 with a 3.10 ERA on the season.

3. Scott Atchison, RHP, Tacoma Rainiers
The versatile Atchison stepped into the starting rotation this past week and posted five strong innings. The 28-year-old righty struck out six in his only start and fanned another during a scoreless inning in relief later in the week. Atchison is 3-2 with a 3.86 ERA for the year, and has five saves.

2. Thomas Oldham, LHP, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
The Creighton product made two starts this past week, and put together a solid week with each his appearances. Oldham allowed three earned runs on ten hits over 13.1 innings. The left-hander walked four and struck out 19 batters on his way to being edged out of the top spot this week. Oldham is 4-3 on the season with a 3.35 ERA and 87 strikeouts in 78 innings of work.

InsidethePark.com Pitchers of the Week

Travis Blackley, LHP, Tacoma Rainiers
Blackley's 2004 season is getting ridiculous. Since his last loss on April 21, the left-hander has allowed just 11 earned runs in 64 innings. Blackley lowered his ERA by more than two-and-a-half runs to take over the league lead, and has yielded just 35 hits in the past two months as well. You still want more proof that Blackley is for real? Ok, here it goes. The 21-year-old has allowed more than one earned run in just two of his last 10 outings, and has not allowed as many hits as innings in any of them. Blackley added seven shutout innings this week, allowing just two hits while striking out six. If I had to sum up Blackley in one word right now, the term "awesome" comes to mind. The Rainiers ace is currently 6-2 with a 2.49 ERA.

Felix Hernandez, RHP, Inland Empire 66ers
Kid Felix doesn't seem to have any mercy when it comes to his teasing and domination of one particular team. Hernandez continues his dominance over Lake Elsinore, adding 5.2 shutout frames and 10 more Ks. The Venezuelan right-hander added 8.2 innings to his resume this week, coming up one out short of his first complete game shutout. Felix settled for the victory and a week that tallied 18 strikeouts in 14.1 innings. The phenom is now 8-3 with a team-leading 2.86 ERA (4TH in the league). He also leads the California League in strikeouts with 103.

Bobby Livingston, LHP, Inland Empire 66ers
Livingston returned to form this week after a few rough starts over the past month. The 21-year-old tossed 15 innings over two starts and allowed just one earned run on 11 hits. The 66ers co-ace struck out 17 and walked just one to improve his strikeouts-to-walks ratio to a mind-boggling 86/15. Livingston combines with Felix Hernandez to form one of the most dominant 1-2 punches in any minor league starting rotation. For the season Livingston is 8-2 with a 3.11 ERA, which ranks fifth in the California League.

Notables:
  • Inland Empire 3B Jesus Guzman continues his fine season, going 10-26 with seven runs scored, including three multi-hit games
  • Gary Harris started the week off with a five-for-five performance that nearly landed him in the top five all on its own
  • Missions catcher Luis Oliveros made thee starts and had two hits in each game, totaling six hits in 13 at-bats
  • Jon Nelson continues to anchor the 66ers lineup with nine hits in 28 at-bats, including three extra-base hits. Nelson added seven RBI and three steals to his week's resume
  • Jeff Harris came up from literally nowhere in the independent leagues to toss six shutout innings in a spot relief appearance in the continuation of a suspended game from May 10. Harris struck out five and did not issue a walk, while yielding just one hit
  • Rainiers lefty Matt Thornton finally put together a strong start, striking out 11 over six innings. The former top draft pick allowed two earned runs on seven hits and walked just two batters
  • Tacoma reliever Randy Williams tossed 4.1 perfect innings, allowing just one base runner (walk) and striking out six

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