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