PBN Players of the Week

From the majors to the lowest levels of the minor league system, each week, <i>PhillyBaseballNews.com</i> will take a look at who's hot, giving them our PBN Player of the Week Award. Through the first week of the season, Pat Burrell and Gavin Floyd rule the roost at the major league level, but find out who's hot in the minors.

PHILADELPHIA

Pat Burrell has simply been on fire. He is second in the National League in average (.480) and homeruns (3). He leads the league in RBI (15), slugging percentage (.960), hits (12) and total bases (24).

Burrell's comeback is a great sign for the Phillies. He started last season strong, but faded as the season progressed. Rarely though has Burrell ever been this hot at any point of his career. His strikeouts are still up there, but they will be. That's just the kind of hitter that he will be. Overall though, the offensive numbers well make up for the pitches that he swings through.

As for pitchers, it's a toss-up between Gavin Floyd and Jon Lieber. Lieber had the advantage of making two starts in the first week and he made the most of them (2-0, 3.29) picking up wins against Washington and St.Louis. For that, we give him the slight edge over Floyd, primarily because the Phillies need Lieber to step up and be their ace and he has shown that ability through the first week.

Gavin Floyd deserves an honorable mention though for his outing against the Cardinals on Saturday. He blew through a tough lineup, retiring 19 hitters in a row at one point. Another start like that and it's hard to imagine the Phillies not finding a way to keep him at the major league level.

SCRANTON

Chris Coste hit .385 in his first week with the Red Barons and chipped in with a game winning hit on Sunday. Coste, who was impressive in spring training, signed with the Phillies as a minor league free agent and provides some infield insurance at the AAA level. Coste posted a .429 OBP and leads the team with nine total bases.


Chris Coste
An honorable mention goes to Mark Budzinski. The veteran minor leaguer hit .417 in the first week of action.

Rob Tejeda (1-0) pitched a gem Sunday against Norfolk. His outing - four hits over six innings - helped the Red Barons to their third straight one-run win over Norfolk. Tejeda - who like Coste was impressive in spring training - struck out eight hitters in his season debut.

There is an honorable mention on the pitching staff as well; Clay Condrey (1-0) threw five strong innings against Norfolk on Saturday as the Red Barons swept the Tide in a double-header.

READING

Ariel Prieto and Nate Grindell both hit .400 in the first week of the season and share the Player of the Week honors. Both had strong first weeks for the R-Phils who started the season with a 1-2 record and one rainout.

Allen Davis (1-0) threw five shutout innings against Altoona and looked awfully strong doing it. Davis, another new addition to the Phillies organization, gave up five hits and just one walk in the outing.

CLEARWATER

Marc Tugwell appears fully recovered from an injury and put up impressive first week numbers in the Florida State League. Tugwell hit .556 (5-for-9) with a homerun and two RBI for Clearwater. Tugwell is also tied for the team lead in runs scored (3) with Tim Moss.


Nick Evangelista
Nick Evangelista (1-0) made it through his first two appearances without giving up a run. In 3 2/3 innings, Evangelista has allowed two hits and one walk while striking out four hitters. Opposing hitters are batting just .167 against him.

LAKEWOOD

Ryan Frith edges out Brad Harman for Player of the Week honors. While Harman was impressive, hitting .417 in three games, he did make five errors four games.

Frith was flawless in the field and hit .444 for the BlueClaws. Frith also posted a .583 OBP and stole a base in three games.

Derek Griffith (0-0) threw five strong innings in his first start of the season, not allowing an earned run in the outing. Griffith also struck out five and opponents hit just .200 against him.


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