Trio Of Prospects Earn Weekly Honors

Two first baseman and a pitcher take home honors in the top three minor league levels. Find out who had the biggest weeks in Minor League Baseball inside.

The week of August 3-9 has been a good week for Orioles prospects and at the position where the Orioles are desperate for results. Three prospects in the top three Minor League levels (triple-A, double-A and high-A), earned weekly honors.

Norfolk Tides first baseman Brandon Snyder was named the Batter of the Week in the International League, Brandon Erbe was named Pitcher of the Week in the Eastern League and Keys first baseman Robbie Widlansky was named the Carolina League Player of the Week.

Starting with the Tides, the 22-year-old Snyder has adjusted to life at the triple-A level. After struggling through his first month in the International League, Snyder has hit .327 since the All-Star break and has an .802 OPS. While he was struggling with the average and power, he never stopped driving in runs. He has 33 RBI since the promotion, giving him 78 on the year, tops in the system.

Over the week, he added four RBI, had five multi-hit games, two three-hit games and scored five runs. While he was making all that contact, he only struck out four times. According to a release from the Tides his 12 hits in the week were tops in the league and his .536 on-base-percentage was good for second.

Moving down a level to double-A, Brandon Erbe, 21, had just one start on Thursday and it was enough to open some eyes in the league. Erbe had his best start of the year, throwing eight no-hit innings against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. He walked three but struck out five and was pulled for his pitch count. The Baysox press release states he threw 108 pitches over the eight innings.

The release also said that this was not the first time Erbe has taken a no-hitter deep into a game. It mentions that in 2008 he went six innings or more without surrendering a hit twice with the Keys.

Last, but not least, in Frederick, Robbie Widlansky, 24, continued his assault on Carolina League pitching. Thus far, his worst month was July when he hit .299 and his on-base plus slugging percentage was "only" .872. So far, through 10 games in August, Widlansky is hitting .395 (17-43) with eight extra-base hits and a 1.121 OPS.

All of his August hits came in the week he earned the honor, batting .586 (17-39). He hit six doubles, two home runs and drove in nine teammates. For Widlansky, he is enjoying a break-out season in which he started out in extended spring training and did not join a full-season team until May 22.

Other than 12 games in Delmarva last year, Widlansky has virtually skipped a level and impressed this year. He has played 35 games at first base, the most in his career, but has also played the corner outfield spots when the regulars have needed days off. Until this year, he had primarily played those positions.

According to a Keys release, this was the second Player of the Week honor for Widlansky. The CL earlier honored him for the week of June 15-21.

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