PBN Players of the Week

Split pitching awards at both Scranton and Lakewood highlight the Players of the Week. Plus, a couple of young pitchers bounce back from bad first outings to have strong weeks. Ryan Howard is hot at Scranton and is proving that he's not just a homerun hitter. Plus, a look at all of the Players of the Week in the Phillies organization.

Philadelphia Phillies

Jimmy Rollins didn't have a spectacular week, but he made strong contributions to the Phillies offense. In a week where the Phillies hit just .209 as a team, Rollins hit .308 (8-for-26). He also slugged his first homerun of the season Saturday off John Smoltz to help lead the Phillies to a 2-1 win over Atlanta.

An honorable mention goes to Chase Utley, who went just 2-for-7 (.286), but drove in the go-ahead run against Atlanta on Saturday and saved the game with a diving catch of a line drive in the top of the ninth inning.

Brett Myers has been even better than ever anticipated. The right-hander went 1-0 this week and didn't allow an earned run in 13 2/3 innings of work. He came into the week with an ERA of 1.35 and lowered that almost a full point to 0.44 with his outings against Florida and Atlanta. His line this week included just 7 hits, 1 walk and 8 strikeouts.

Scranton Wilkes-Barre Red Barons

Ryan Howard is swinging the bat with authority. His homerun numbers are down - he didn't hit his first homerun until his 28th at bat - but that's just a bit of a bump in the road and is absolutely nothing to worry about. His week shows that he's simply a good hitter, not just a good power hitter. In 23 at bats this week, Howard had 11 hits (.478), including 7 doubles. He also homered, scored three runs and drove in three others. Howard currently has a ten-game hitting streak and has hit safely in all but one Red Barons game.

An honorable mention goes to John Castellano, who helped win a 2-1 14 inning marathon Sunday with his first homerun of the season. On the week, Castellano hit .400 (12-for-30) and hit safely in all seven games for the Red Barons.

The Pitcher of the Week Award for Scranton is split between Rob Tejeda and Brian Sanches.

Tejeda threw six shutout innings Saturday, only to have the bullpen give up four runs in the seventh. Tejeda allowed four hits and four walks while striking out three.

Sanches has put together seven shutout innings this season, with the last six coming this week. Sanches allowed five hits, four walks and he struck out four. He also notched his first win and first save of the season. Opponents are hitting just .217 against Sanches this season.

Reading Phillies

Michael Bourn has started to pick up the pace. Known for his speed, Bourn swiped three bases this week and scored four runs. He hit .320 (8-25) hitting near the top of Reading's order. Combined with Chris Roberson and Ryan Fleming, the R-Phils have shown a lot of speed in the early going.

Ryan Cameron bounced back from a shelling in his first appearance of the season to have an awesome week. In four games, Cameron threw eight shutout innings, allowing six hits, three walks and striking out 12 hitters. He also notched two saves.

In Reading's opener, he was shelled for three runs in one inning of work, but quickly got over the nervousness and responded with a big week. On the season, his ERA stands at 3.00 and he has 13 strikeouts in nine innings of work. Opponents are hitting just .219 off of him.

Clearwater Threshers

Clearwater's offense managed just a .243 average (46-for-189) this week. Carlos Leon hit .375 (6-for-16) on the week with a double, five runs scored, an RBI and three stolen bases to pace the Threshers' offense. On the season, he's hitting a team-high .360 with a .429 OBP.

Francisco Butto is silently putting up strong numbers. Like Cameron, he struggled in his first outing of the season, but rebounded with a great week. Butto threw 5 1/3 innings of shutout ball this week, giving up just three hits, no walks and striking out six. Opponents are hitting just .192 against him this season.

Lakewood BlueClaws

In a week where the BlueClaws offense continued to struggle, hitting .222 (44-for-198), Ryan Frith had a big week. Frith came into the week hitting .444 and couldn't keep up that pace, but came close with a .385 (5-for-13) week that kept his average close to the .400 mark. Frith leads Lakewood with a .385 average and a .484 OBP.

Nathan Johnson and Jacob Barrack split Lakewood's Pitcher of the Week Award. Both made two appearances and pitched three shutout innings. The only difference in their week is that Johnson allowed three hits with no walks and four strikeouts. Barrack allowed two hits, one walk and struck out two.

On the season, Barrack is 1-0, 0.00 with six innings pitched in four games. Johnson is 0-1, 1.93 with 4 2/3 innings of work in four games.


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