Hitter of the Week: Teoscar Hernandez - OF
.556/.625/.926, 7 R, 4 2B, 2 HR, 5 BB, 8 K, 2-for-2 SB (100%)
This one was a very close battle between Hernandez and the runner up, but the power game that T-Scar brings to the table broke the tie for sure. A 1.551 OPS? Yeah, that'll work. Holy Moses, what a week. He did strike out a bit too much, but not at a super-alarming rate.
Hernandez has been one of the really great stories this year in Lancaster, which is really nice after Appel's problems and Correa's injury put a damper on things. He's now hitting .299/.383/.545 on the season, with 19 extra base hits under his belt. He's leading the California League with six triples, and his OPS is the eighth-best mark. He's one of only two players in the league with at least four homers and ten steals.
Honorable Mention: Anthony Kemp - 2B
Pitcher of the Week: Michael Foltynewicz - RHP
1 GS, 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 1 H, 2 BB, 12 K
This race was less close, though a few other pitchers made a decent run at it, but no one else has as good of an individual start, and none of the two start guys did that well combined.
This was nice to see. In one start, he pumped his K-rate up to the level you'd want from a power pitcher with his velocity, and also helped chip away at the big walk rate that had been a problem so far (from 4.88 to 4.50, specifically). It took him 93 pitches to get through the six innings, but that's really not too bad, especially considering how many strikeouts there were (56 of the pitches were strikes, for a rock-solid 60%). With four ground outs and two fly outs, that's a mere 11.1% FBO rate. Amazing that one of them went for a homer, right? You pitch that well, allow just three fly balls all game, and one ends up a homer. Obviously, if he keeps but the K-rate and GB-rate as he did in this game, that won't be happening very often.
Honorable Mention: Nick Tropeano - RHP