Mariners Minor League Players of the Week

With all of the talk shifting exclusively to all of the young players in the Mariners farm system, this week's edition of the Player of the Week awards should make fans very happy. Why? Because it's dominated by off-the-chart hitting performances, that's why. Check out the winners from the past seven days right here at InsidethePark.com.

Position Player of the week Finalists

5. Shin-Soo Choo, OF, San Antonio Missions
Choo started the second half on fire and notched nine hits in 19 at-bats (.474). The 21-year-old multi-tooled performer added a home run, five runs scored and seven RBI to earn his spot at No. 5. Choo is hitting .297 with seven home runs, 45 RBI, and 17 steals for the year. By the way, Choo had to claw his way to this spot, battling closely with several more Tacoma Rainiers.

4. A.J. Zapp, 1B, Tacoma Rainiers
The 26-year-old pounded out an astounding 14 hits in 33 at-bats (.424) over the past week including a three-hit game and a five-hit game. Zapp added six RBI, two home runs, and nine runs scored to his weekly tally. For the season Zapp is hitting .304 with 15 home runs and 53 RBI.

3. Greg Dobbs, 3B, Tacoma Rainiers
The recently promoted Dobbs had his finest week of the season at either level as he went 12-29 (.414) with two home runs and 10 RBI. Dobbs had a three multi-hit games, highlighted by his four-hit performance in the final game of the week. Dobbs is hitting .333 with three home runs and 12 RBI since being called up to Triple-A.

2. Justin Leone, SS/3B, Tacoma Rainiers
Leone rebounded from a small slump and pounded out 10 hits in 31 at-bats, including three bombs and 10 RBI. The 27-year-old gathered two three-hit games, scored seven times, and hit safely in all but one game he started. Leone is hitting .269 with 21 home runs and 51 RBI for the season.

InsidethePark.com Position Player of the Week

1. Bucky Jacobsen, DH, Tacoma Rainiers
Jacobsen takes the top spot in the toughest call of the season after smacking five home runs among his 10 hits in 24 at-bats. The 28-year-old slugger drove in 10 and scored nine times, drawing 10 walks along the way as well. For the year, Jacobsen is hitting .325 with 24 home runs and 76 RBI.

The real winner last week was the entire Tacoma Rainier's offense. In seven contests, Tacoma scored 55 runs on 81 hits, and belted 15 more home runs to bring their minor league leading total to 111. The Rainiers hit .287 during the span, walking 23 times, and smacking out 32 total extra-base hits while compiling a slugging percentage of .553. Tacoma had five players who tallied 10 or more hits, four with 10 or more RBI and six players who hit over .300 for the week. Between Leone, Dobbs, Jacobsen, Ugueto, Guzman, and Zapp, there were 13 home runs, 42 RBI, 66 hits, and a collective batting average of .371. The group also put together five four-hit games and 16 multi-hit games. I think the idea here is that the Tacoma Rainiers can hit.

Pitcher of the Week Finalists

5. Phil Devey, LHP, San Antonio Missions

Devey, a recent signing by the organization to help eat innings vacated by promoted pitchers and a bucket of injuries, tossed six solid innings, allowing just one earned run on six hits. The 27-year-old left-hander struck out seven but picked up a no-decision in a 4-3 Missions win. Devey is 0-1 with a 3.50 ERA in three starts for San Antonio.

4. Ryan Feierabend, LHP, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
The 18-year-old picked up a loss but covered 7.2 innings, scattering five hits in the process. Feierabend allowed one run and walked three while striking out eight. The winning pitcher in the Midwest League All-Star game is now 6-4 with a 3.66 ERA in 14 starts for the Rattlers.

3. Shawn Nottingham, LHP, Everett Aqua Sox
Nottingham made two starts last week and made the best of both of them. Covering 12.2 innings, the 19-year-old allowed only eight hits and one earned run while striking out 16. Nottingham, who began his 2004 season as a short-term fill-in for Triple-A Tacoma, is now 2-0 with a 0.71 ERA in two starts for the Sox.

2. Felix Hernandez, RHP, Inland Empire 66ers
Hernandez follows up his Pitcher of the Week award from last week with another stellar outing. The youngest player in the California League struck out 11 over seven innings and picked up win no. 9. The 18-year-old right-hander walked one and allowed just three hits in his final outing for the 66ers. Word is that Hernandez was promoted to Double-A San Antonio and is scheduled to start Thursday for the Missions.

Pitcher of the Week

1. Thomas Oldham, LHP, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
Oldham went eight shutout innings, striking out 15 in picking up his fifth win of the year. The Creighton product allowed four hits and lowered his ERA to 3.03 for the year. Oldham has made 15 starts for Wisconsin and might soon be making his final trip to the mound in a T-Rat uniform. His 86 innings logged and 103/24 strikeout-to-walk ratio are solid signs that Oldham is ready for the challenge of the next level.

Notables:
  • Aqua Sox infielder Yung-Chi Chen went 9-24 (.375) with two doubles, four RBI and eight runs scored
  • Brian Lahair split time between short-season Everett and the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers and was 3-8 for each club, belting two home runs for the Rattlers
  • Everett 3B Brent Johnson was 12-26 (.462) with a home run, two doubles, four RBI and seven runs scored
  • Rainiers outfielder Elpidio Guzman went 11-36 (.306) with nine runs scored
  • Luis Ugueto had nine hits in 24 at-bats, collecting a double, a triple, a home run and driving in five
  • Adam Jones had seven hits in 20 at-bats and hit his fifth triple of the yer for Wisconsin
  • 2004 draftees Robert Johnson (3-5, run) and Marshall Hubbard (3-10, HR, 3 runs, 2 RBI) made their debuts this past week with the Everett Aqua Sox. Hubbard hit a home run in his first start for the Sox after first getting his feet wet with one game in the Arizona Rookie League
  • 2004 6th round pick Jermaine Brock went 2-2 in his second start since signing early last week
  • Aqua Sox lefty Kendall Bergdall, a 2003 draftee, went six solid innings, allowing two hits and an earned run in his only start of the week
  • Right-hander Chris Buglovsky made two starts and covered nine innings, allowing just one earned run on eight hits
  • Travis Blackley needs no introduction to weekly honors and the 21-year-old picked up win No. 7 after spinning six solid frames against Fresno last week. The lefty struck out eight and allowed three earned runs on five hits
  • Ruben Flores, another 2003 draftee, went five scoreless innings, yielding just three hits while striking out eight
  • Ryan Rowland-Smith made a start and a relief appearance and ended up with 7.2 innings pitched. The 20-year-old southpaw went seven scoreless innings in his fourth start of the year, striking out nine
  • The son of Pacific Rim Scouting Director Ted Heid was 6-18 last week with four RBI. Trevor Heid, 22, smacked two doubles and scored three times as well


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