It’s really hard to choose between a hitter or a pitcher that has killed it in the last week, so I’ve found an easy solution. We’ll have a hitter and a pitcher of the week. Boom! Problem Solved.
Hitter of the Week - Jake Rogers, Catcher, Quad Cities River Bandits
The 2016 3rd Rounder out of Tulane University was drafted predominately for his outstanding defensive skills. Astros scouting director, Mike Elias has referred to Jake being one of the best defensive catchers he’s ever scouted. Usually after hearing people gush about his defense there’s a throw away mention about his offense being a “work in progress” or “improving.” Well, offense is what’s got him on this post. Rogers crushed the ball last week.
6 of Rogers 7 hits went for extra bases (3 doubles, 1 triple, and 2 homers). He also had 5 RBIs. That led to a 7-day slash line of .412/.474/1.059. That last number is slugging, not OPS. Rogers season slash line is .273/.360/.545 which is good for a 143 wRC+ on the young season.
Enjoy that bubble gum, Jake. You’ve earned it.
Pitcher of the Week - Rogelio Armenteros, RHP, Corpus Christi Hooks
The 22 year old Cuban native has been straight fire for the Hooks so far this year. In the last 2 weeks, Armenteros threw 9 innings without allowing a run. He struck out 12 and walked 3 while only allowing 5 hits. His first start of the year is not included in this week’s edition, but it bares mentioning. He struck out 10 over 5.2 innings pitched. This graph courtesy of mlbfarm.com sums up the dominance that Armenteros has put on display.
Armenteros has been on a tandem start schedule with Joshua James for the Hooks and the pair have been quite the duo. Here’s a video of each striking out a hitter from their start a week ago. The first clip is Armenteros getting a hitter to swing over the top of a nice 12-6 curve.
Alexander DeGoti, the 2016 16th rounder, had a great week also slashing .409/.552/.909 for the Quad Cities RiverBandits. DeGoti has predominately played short stop this season.
Alex Winkelman, a LHP for the River Bandits also, struck out 10 over his last 6 innings pitched. He’s struck out 21 over 14.1 innings pitched over the season. He’s also limited base traffic with his .355 WHIP.
Past Player of the Week
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