Mariners Minor League Players of the Week

Just when hitters thought it was safe to bat versus Tacoma's starting rotation, with Felix Hernandez and Jorge Campillo on the DL, a veteran left-hander comes to the rescue... again.

InsidethePark.com's Position Player of the Week


Mike Wilson, OF- Wisconsin
Wilson went 9-for-23 (.391) in six games for the Timber Rattlers. The outfielder smacked three home runs (10) and drove in 12 runs, including five in a 7-6 win versus Beloit on July 4. The 22-year-old right fielder collected three multi-hit games en route to his first player of the week honors.

Wilson was the M's second round draft pick in 2001 and spent his first two seasons trying to play his way into full season baseball. The 6-foot-2, 240-pounder out of Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma entered 2005 with a career .270 average with 16 home runs in 559 at-bats. The right-handed hitter is enjoying his best season as a pro, batting .266 with 41 RBI in 72 games.


Honorable Mention

Justin Leone, 3B - Tacoma
Leone is finally settling back into form after the hand injury that sidelined the 28-year-old for six weeks this spring. Leone went 8-for-21 (.381) with two home runs and seven RBI for the week, despite playing just foru games. Leone's breakout week could send a signal to Safeco Field. For the season, the 2003 Texas League MVP and M's Minor League Player of the Year is hitting .266 with five home runs and 16 RBI in 34 games.


InsidethePark.com's Pitcher of the Week


Andrew Lorraine, LHP - Tacoma
Lorraine defended his pitcher of the week award with two more superb outings this past week. The 32-year-old went a combined 16.2 innings and allowed just three earned runs on 11 hits. Lorraine tossed his second complete-game shutout of the season July 4 versus Portland, yielding just six hits.

Lorraine's heroics could not have come at a better time as right-handers Felix Hernandez and Jorge Campillo, two-fifths of the Tacoma starting rotation, sit on the disabled list. The left-hander is mixing his fastball's with a decent array of curve balls and change-ups, forcing contact and keeping his pitch counts to a minimum as he walked six and struck out just four batters combined in his two starts. For the season, Lorraine is now 7-5 with a 4.01 ERA in 16 starts for the Rainiers.


Honorable Mention

Nick Allen, RHP - Everett
Allen made the first two starts of his pro career this past week, going 13 innings and picking up his first two wins of the year. The 22-year-old went eight shutout frames on July 4, allowing just three hits. Allen did not walk a batter and struck out four.

The Villanova product was the M's 21st round draft pick last month and and carries a 2.37 ERA and a 9-1 strikeouts-to-walks ratio into the new week.


Notables:
  • Jamal Strong went 10-for-36 during the extended week, collecting three multi-hit games and five RBI from his leadoff spot. Strong leads Tacoma with 18 steals.
  • Greg Dobbs has not taken his demotion very hard, lighting up the PCL in his first minor league action of the season. Dobbs went 5-for-15 (.333) with two home runs and four RBI in three starts.
  • Dan Santin went 9-for-26 (.346) with a home run and five RBI last week for the Sox. Santin smacked two doubles and scored twice, while splitting the catching and DH duties for the AquaSox.
  • Hunter Brown. Rice University product. Third baseman. Good hitter. What else can be said? When Brown is in the Tacoma lineup, he hits. That's it. Brown collected six hits in 11 at-bats (.545) this past week, and despite playing in just three games, the 26-year-old padded his team-lead in doubles, ripping four more and driving in three runs.
  • Jon Lockwood, 23, went six scorless innings for Everett last week, striking out eight and walking just one batter, while allowing just two hits. Lockwood has allowed just three hits in 10 innings thus far in 2005.
  • Julio Santiago made the most of his one start this past week, going 7.2 shutout innings, allowing just six hits. The 19-year-old left-hander struck out three and walked just one in the Rattlers 4-3 win over Fort Wayne. Santiago earned his first victory of the year for Wisconsin.
  • Bobby Livingston went 13.2 innings and gave up 15 hits. But the southpaw managed to go 1-1 and allow just four earned runs. Livingston is 8-4 with a 2.78 ERA in what may be his final full week in Double-A.
  • Robert Rohrbaugh went 5.2 innings last week for Everett, allowing an earned run on five hits. The M's seventh round pick out of Clemeson struck out seven and did not walk a batter in a 4.2 inning relief stint.
  • Thomas Oldham seems to have found the consistency he had all season in 2004. The 23-year-old dropped his ERA to 3.69 after seven strong innings this past week. The southpaw allowed an unearned run on seven hits and walked just two. Oldham is 6-5 on the season for Double-A San Antonio.


  • Jason A Churchill is the Executive Editor at InsidethePark.com and can be reached via e-mail at JasonAChurchill@InsideThePark.com

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