Results tagged ‘ Star of the Day ’
Hey guys, I’m going to keep this brief because I’ll be back a little alter on today to talk about a few things that are a little more important (in life), so stay tuned.
Brandon Snyder, 1B, Orioles (Desert Dogs): There was just a tiny bit of offense in Phoenix on Wednesday as the Desert Dogs piled up 17 runs on 17 hits. There could be many choices for a Hitter of the Day from the DD lineup, what with Grant Desme homering twice to give him five for the AFL season, Josh Bell going 4-for-5 including his first homer bringing his average up to a league-leading .600. But they pale in comparison to the week’s worth of stats Snyder compiled in one game. The 2005 first rounder went 4-for-5 with a pair of homers and seven — that’s right, seven — RBIs. He hit a two-run shot in the third against Nick Hill and a three-run homer in the seventh off of Phillippe Aumont. His 12 RBIs now lead the AFL and he’s sixth in both SLG and OPS while his .481 average places him fourth in the circuit. Not only does he have a six-game hitting streak going, but he’s picked up multiple hits in four consecutive contests.
Danny Gutierrez, RHP, Rangers (Rafters): Well, he gave up a hit this time, but he is the first B3 two-time winner of Star of the Day. Gutierrez picked up his second win by tossing 3 2/3 innings of shutout ball. He gave up two hits and two walks, while striking out one, but managed to not allow any runs to cross the plate for the second straight outing. His 6 2/3 total innings are the most of any pitcher in the league thus far to have not allowed an earned run. That’s no small feat in a league where three teams are hitting over .320 and a fourth is at .299.
We’ve got some new action on Twitter, folks:
Twins 1B Chris Parmelee — @CParmeleeAFL
Go and follow him, please. More to come in the coming days…
Going to be brief today and get right to the Stars O’ the Day
Andrew Lambo, OF, Javelinas (Dodgers): This was a tough call since there were four different hitters on Tuesday to collect four hits. All of them — Bryan Petersen and Starlin Castro atop the Mesa lineup, Carlos Rivero for the Saguaros and Lambo’s teammate Jonathan Lucroy — deserve some credit. Lucroy was a perfect 4-for-4 with a home run in the Javs’ crazy 14-10 victory over the Solar Sox. I decided to give the nod to Lambo for his 3-for-6 effort, his 4 RBIs and his three runs scored. Lambo’s grand slam in the fifth was part of a massive eight-run inning for Peoria that put the club up 11-6. Lambo, coming off a so-so year in Double-A in which he hit .256 with 11 HR and a .717 OPS, has started his AFL campaign by going 11-for-23 with a 1.452 OPS (2 HR, 5 total XBH). He’s fourth in OPS and tied for second in RBIs
Zach Braddock, LHP, Javelinas (Brewers): In a 14-10 game, any pitcher who gets people out deserves an award. Braddock did let an inherited runner to score when he entered in the seventh and allowed a single to Ryan Kalish. That would be the only hit he’d allow in his two innings of work, pitching out of a one-out bases-loaded jam in the seventh and retiring the side in order in the eighth. He didn’t walk a batter and he struck out three. Coming off a year in which he relieved full time for the first time and posted a 1.79 ERA and .193 batting average against, the lefty has made three scoreless appearances this fall, totalling 3 2/3 IP.
The roll of AFL players sharing their experiences continues to grow. Go leave a comment for Brewers pitcher Josh Butler, will you?
The latest leaders on MLBlogs were just listed for the entire regular season and B3 finished No. 27. Not too shabby. Thanks to all who helped make sure I finished ahead of Tommy Lasorda. Keep coming back. I’d love to see B3 crack the Top 25 by the time when the year-end leaders are posted.
Now on to the Stars of the Day for Monday:
Josh Bell, 3B, Phoenix (Orioles): Bell, who came to the O’s at the trading deadline in the George Sherrill deal, has been ridiculously hot. He went 4-for-5 on Monday with a double, a triple, an RBI and three runs scored. He’s tied for the league lead with a .533 batting average and he’s second with a 1.478 OPS. He’s gone 7-for-9 over his last two games. Bell is coming off a very solid 2009 campaign in Double-A, finsing with a .295 average, 20 homers, a .516 SLG and .892 OPS. He slugged .570 with a .917 OPS in 33 games after coming to the Orioles organization.
Brandon Erbe, RHP, Phoenix (Orioles): It’s an O’s sweep. Erbe made his AFL debut a good one, tossing two perfect innings while striking out two. The Desert Dogs, not shockingly, are now 5-1. Erbe missed considerable time with a shoulder injury. When he was on the mound in Double-A, the 21-year old was nasty, with a 2.34 ERA and .170 batting average against.
Before we get to the Star of the Day, some more on the player interactivity front.
We’re starting to get players up and running on Twitter. So far, two have taken the plunge, so he gets a special shout out:
Go and give them a follow, would you?
Now, on to our Stars of the Day
Mike Moustakas, 3B, Surprise (Royals): The Rafters are now 3-0 thanks to their 18 hits on
Thursday. Moustakas, the Royals top pick from 2007, went 3-for-5 with a
homer, two doubles and 7 RBIs. That’s a week for some people. Honorable
mention goes to Yankees prospect Brandon Laird (Gerald’s brother). He
went 5-for-5 in this game and is now 9-for-11 in two AFL contests.
Danny Gutierrez, RHP, Surprise (Rangers): While that win over Mesa may have been more about offense (12-5), Gutierrez’s start should not be overlooked.While the Rafters were getting out to a 3-0 lead, Gutierrez was putting up zeroes over three innings. And that’s not just in runs. The right-hander didn’t allow a hit during his outing, walking two and striking out two.
Evidently, there’s some kid named Strasburg pitching tonight. Haven’t heard much about him, though.
Before we get into yesterday’s action, I want to encourage everyone to go check out the first of what we hope to be many players detailing their experiences via blog and Twitter. So everyone welcome in Giants reliever Steven Edlefsen, who posted for the first time on the Giants AFL blog. Go leave him some comments so he feels welcome, will you?
Looks like Day 2 was pitching-dominant, huh? Still, we can find a hitting Star of the Day while picking out one pitcher:
Bryan Petersen, OF, Mesa (Marlins): In his first taste of AFL action Petersen led off for the Solar Sox. And while they lost to Phoenix to fall to 1-1, it wasn’t Petersen’s fault. The 2007 fourth-rounder went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and a home run. He also scored both of Mesa’s runs. Oddly, it was the only home run of the day. Not sure who would know this, but I have to think that’s a rarity in AFL history.
Donnie Veal, LHP, Scottsdale (Pirates): The Pirates’ lefty, a Rule 5 pick a year ago, has often had command problems throughout his career, though the stuff has always been there. That’s why the Buccos held onto him all year. Well, he couldn’t have been much better than he was in his AFL debut. Veal was perfect through two innings, striking out three. He threw 18 pitches, 14 for strikes. Thanks to the pitch f/x on Gameday (for all games held in Peoria and Surprise), we know his 4-seam fastball was in the 93-95 mph range and his curve was 79-81 mph. Two of his strikeouts came on swings and misses at that curve and he froze Jason Heyward with a fastball after two straight curves. Nice work by Veal… I wonder if he’ll be working on the changeup at all as the fall unfolds. The icing on the cake is that our blogger, Mr. Edlefsen, got the win when the Scorpions scored twice in the 10th inning after he tossed a scoreless ninth.
Hey all —
I’m going to try and do this as frequently as I can (tomorrow, I won’t be able to due to Yom Kippur). But I didn’t want to miss out on awarding a B3 AFL Star of the Day after the first day of games.
After polling an esteemed panel, there seemed to be two good choices, both from the Peoria Javelinas and New York Yankees organization: Phil Hughes and Austin Jackson. The Javs beat up on the Rafters, 10-3. Hughes pitched very well (5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 5 BB, 7 K) and it certainly is rare to see a pitcher in the AFL go five innings right off the bat. But in the end, the five walks made us tip the scale to Jackson, the outfielder who went 2-for-4 with a triple and four RBIs as the No. 3 hitter in the Javs lineup. So congrats, Austin, you’re our first Star of the Day for the 2008 AFL season.
We also had another slew of AFL blogs go up, with the NL Central representing well: