InsidethePark.com's Position Player of the Week
Carlos Arroyo, OF – Inland Empire
Arroyo is a bit of a secret in the Mariners farm system but not to those paying any attention in the California League over the past season and a half. The 24-year-old hit .323 for the 66ers last season and returned to the club this season for a second tour of duty. Over the past week, Arroyo exploded for 12 hits in 17 at-bats (.706), led by three 3-hit games.
The left-handed hitting Colombian native scored six runs in five games over the same span and currently has a seven-game hitting streak for the season, Arroyo is hitting .409 in 28 games, and is 5-for-5 in stolen base attempts.
Jamal Strong, OF - Tacoma
Strong went 10-for-25 (.400) last week, with three multi-hit games, including two 3-hit efforts. The 26-year-old speedster added his 14th stolen base and hit in all but one game in which he started. Not known for his power hitting, Strong added his second home run of the year and drove in four runs in six games for the week. He also scored five runs hitting out of his usual leadoff spot.
Strong has raised his average to .306 and boasts a solid .384 on-base percentage, all after a slow start that resulted in a .228 batting average after the first three weeks of the season.
Sebastien Boucher, OF - Wisconsin
Boucher has been sensational since joining the Timber Rattlers earlier this season and added to his value this past week. The outfielder started just three games for Wisconsin but collected seven hits in 11 at-bats (.636) and drove in six runs. The 23-year-old added his eighth and ninth steals of the year against just one failed attempt.
Boucher enters this week hitting .325 with a top-of-the-order-style .430 on-base percentage. The M's 7th-round pick from last June's draft has 24 RBI in just 36 games played.
Luis Oliveros, C – San Antonio
Oliveros was called on by the club when the catcher position was ravaged by injury and incompetance and the 21-year-old has responded by hitting .371 in 10 games. Last week, Oliveros went 9-for-18 (.500) with five RBI and three runs scored, starting four games behind the dish for the Missions.
Oliveros will stay in Double-A, where he hit just .229 last season, until Miguel Olivo is re-called and Rene Rivera is sent back to San Antonio.
InsidethePark.com's Pitcher of the Week
Bobby Livingston, LHP – San Antonio
The 22-year-old Texas League All-Star is having another tremendous season, ranking sixth in the circuit in ERA at 2.84 after 13 starts. Livingston rolled through 14 frames last week, allowing 13 hits and just four earned runs, including a stellar seven-inning start versus Corpus Christi on June 11 when the hometown star struck out a season-high nine.
Livingston did not allow a walk in either start but picked up two no-decisions for his troubles. Livingston's season is nearly identical to his 2004 campaign in which the southpaw started fast, struggled somewhat in June and July, and finished strong with the Inland Empire 66ers of the California League. Livingston just finds ways to get outs consistently.
Emiliano Fruto, RHP – San Antonio
Fruto made two appearances in relief last week, covering 5.1 innings and entering the dugout unscathed for the duration. The 21-year-old middle reliever allowed five hits and one walk while striking out five batters in his two outings.
Fruto picked up his second win of the season and is now 2-3 with a 3.35 ERA in 22 games for the Missions. The 6-foot-3, 235-pounder has 37 strikeouts in 43 innings of work and the league is hitting just .247 against him.
Jared Thomas, LHP - Tacoma
Thomas is serving as the Rainiers left-handed setup man and despite his problems in the control department, has posted a 3.73 ERA in 19 games. In two appearances last week, Thomas went 4.2 shutout innings, allowing four hits and two walks. The 24-year-old struck out six and has 33 punchouts in 31.1 innings.
Thomas is 2-0 on the season but has walked 25 batters and the league is hitting .290 off the Michigan native.
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