5. Greg Jacobs, RF, Tacoma Rainiers
Jacobs started just three games last week, due to the slight overload in the Rainiers' outfield, but the left-handed hitting 26-year-old made his case for never being left off the lineup card again. Twelve at-bats, three home runs, and six RBI later, the statement has been made.
4. Vince Faison, OF, San Antonio Missions
Faison filled in for an injured Dustin Delucchi and had his finest week of the season. The former 1st-round pick of the San Diego Padres went 9-25 (.360) with two home runs and five runs scored. The 23-year-old probably earned some more playing time down the road, even after Delucchi returns.
3. Nick Orlandos, 2B, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
Orlandos has made a nice transition from his 2003 pro debut in the Northwest League to the pitcher's league where the Rattlers play. The 23-year-old infielder went 12-23 (.522) with four runs scored and three RBI. Orlandos had four multi-hit games, two of them resulted in four-hit games.
2. Brandon Green, IF, Everett Aqua Sox
Green was the M's 19th-round selection last month and could be the second consecutive diamond-in-the-rough that the club has drafted in the same round. RHP Aaron Jensen, Green's teammate in Everett, was last June's 19th rounder. Green is making his presence felt with his bat as evidenced by his 10-27 (.370) week that also produced two home runs and nine RBI. The Wichita State product is hitting .311 with a team-best three home runs and 16 RBI on the season.
InsidethePark.com's Position Players of the Week
Yung-Chi Chen, 2B/SS, Everett Aqua Sox
Chen's first U.S baseball experience has been spectacular thus far, and this past week it got even better. The 21-year-old went 12-25 (.480), with two doubles, a triple, four runs scored, and six RBI. The Taiwanese infielder had four multi-hit games, two of the three-hit variety. Chen is hitting .361 on the year, with 15 RBI and a team-leading 10 stolen bases.
Jesus Guzman, 3B, Inland Empire 66ers
Guzman's fine season continued with a superb week at the plate that saw the 20-year-old pound out nine hits in 21 at-bats (.429). The first-year pro had two three-hit games and added a two-hit game to top off the week. Guzman is hitting .312 with three home runs and 25 RBI for the year.
T.J. Bohn, OF, San Antonio Missions
Bohn's first week in Double-A was a dandy. The 24-year-old collected nine hits in 22 at-bats (.409) including his first home run as a Mission. Bohn, a 30th-round pick in the 2002 draft, added five RBI and six runs scored and has made the all-important first impression, a very good one.
Pitcher of the Week Finalists
5. Felix Hernandez, RHP, San Antonio Missions
Hernandez made his Double-A debut and was just as advertised. Very good. The 18-year-old went six strong innings allowing just one earned run and seven hits. The right-hander struck out eight and walked two. He probably deserves to be higher on this list considering his advanced skills for his age and experience, but treating him with kid gloves doesn't seem fair anymore.
4. Ryan Feierabend, LHP, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
Feierabend continues his stellar season as one of the youngest players in the Midwest League and this past week was no different. The 18-year-old took his one start and made the most of it, going seven scoreless frames and picked up his seventh win of the year. The left-hander struck out seven and allowed just six hits in the 4-0 win over Dayton. Feierabend is now 7-4 with a 3.39 ERA for the season.
3. Juan Sandoval, RHP, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
Sandoval went eight scoreless innings, allowing just four hits and striking out six. The 23-year-old received a no-decision after the bullpen failed to hold a 1-0 lead. Sandoval is now 5-7 with a very respectable 4.50 ERA.
2. Jason Mackintosh, LHP, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
The 24-year-old left-hander made two starts last week and was stellar in each. Mackintosh went seven shutout innings, striking out ten, walking three, and allowing just six hits in a 6-0 win over Dayton. Then just five days later, the California native picked up a tough loss in 5-2 loss to Kane County after going seven solid innings and allowing just three earned runs on five hits. The eight strikeouts brought the week-long total to 15 over the two starts. Mackintosh is now 3-2 with a 3.22 ERA on the season.
InsidethePark.com Pitcher of the Week
Michael Moorhead, RHP, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
Moorhead began his pro career as a closer in the Northwest League and now finds himself being named the ITP Pitcher of the Week as a starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers. The 23-year-old went eight scoreless frames, allowing just four hits while striking out a career-high 14 in a 4-1 win over Cedar Rapids. The right-hander is now 4-6 with a 3.86 ERA this season. Moorhead now has 88 strikeouts in just 70 innings pitched.
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