Last week in minor league baseball the ‘Baby Bombers’ didn’t have as exciting a week as the big league club, but there was plenty of impressive baseball played throughout the pipeline. Top-ranked prospect Gleyber Torres made his return to Trenton from the DL; the Tampa Yankees erupted for a season-high 12-runs on Saturday to crush the Daytona Tortugas, and both Josh Rogers and Dustin Fowler were recognized by their respective leagues with player of the week honors!
That said, let’s take a look at who our very own players of the week for the period of April 24 – 30!
Charleston RiverDogs: RHP Nick Green (2-3, 4.18 ERA, 7 Ks)
The Charleston RiverDogs went 4-3 on the week, taking two-of-three from the West Virginia Power and splitting a four-game set with the Delmarva Shorebirds to end the month of April with a 13-12 record.
This week the spotlight is on right-handed pitcher Nick Green, who pitched a career-high 6.2 innings on Saturday night in a win against the Shorebirds. Green fanned seven Delmarva batters while scattering just three hits before handing the ball off to the RiverDogs’ pen. The former seventh-round draft pick was electric from the start of the game, facing the minimum through the first six frames in what was easily the best start of his professional career.
Tampa Yankees: LHP Josh Rogers (2-2, 2.16 ERA, 25 Ks)
The Tampa Yankees went 2-4 on the week after getting swept by the Clearwater Threshers and taking two-of-three from the Daytona Tortugas.
The one silver-lining for the T-Yanks as the calendar flips to May was the dazzling performance from southpaw Josh Rogers on Saturday. The 22-year-old hurler earned his second win of the season after scattering just three hits, one walk, and one unearned run while tying his career-high eight strikeouts in seven dominant innings against the Tortugas.
Not only is he our Pinstriped Prospects minor league player of the week for the Tampa Yankees, but the Florida State League also named him their ‘Pitcher of the Week” for the period of April 24th – 3oth!
Trenton Thunder: 1B Mike Ford (.308,2 HR, 14 RBI)
Inspired by the return of their highly-touted prospect Gleyber Torres and his bobblehead giveaway day on April 26, the Trenton Thunder went 5-1 after sweeping the New Hampshire FisherCats and taking two-of-three over the weekend from the Erie SeaWolves.
However, it’s not Gleyber Torres who earned our esteemed minor league player of the week award. Instead, it’s the hefty-lefty Mike Ford, who tore the cover off the ball last week. After going hitless through his first six at-bats of the week, the 24-year-old New Jersey native went nine-for-his-last-14, including two three-hit games and another two-hit game. He also collected three RBIs over the course of the week and is a key contributor as to why the Thunder started the month of May in first place of the Eastern League with a 14-8 record.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders: CF Dustin Fowler (.381, 2 HR, 5 RBI)
The RailRiders went 4-2 on the week, collecting series wins from both the Louisville Bats and Indianapolis Indians to help extend their record to 12-10.
A big part of their recent success is the scorching hot Dustin Fowler, who slashed .423/.483/.923 with a 1.406 OPS on the week, going 11-for-26 with seven extra-base hits, including a rare cycle that was capped off by a walk-off home run in a 7-6 win over the Indians.
Fowler’s crazy week also earned him recognition as the International League “Player of the Week” for April 24 – 30 and the center fielder for the MLB Pipeline Weekly Prospect Team.