Washington Nationals Minor Leagues: Players Of The Week (6/15-6/21)

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 Hagerstown Suns (35-33)

Hitter Of The Week: 3B Cody Dent (.241, 1 HR, 14 RBI’s)

For the first time this season, Cody Dent, the son of the legendary Bucky Dent, gets the honor of being the top hitter in Hagerstown this week. The 23-year-old went 7-for-16 at the plate with four RBI’s. All seven hits were singles, but Dent is having a good month of June.

In 11 games this month, he is hitting .333 and has driven in five runs. His best game of the week came on June 16 against the Kannapolis Intimidators (Chicago White Sox). In that game, he went 3-for-5 with a RBI. Last season, Dent was a .204 hitter with one home run and six RBI’s in 36 games at Hagerstown.

Honorable Mention: SS Osvaldo Abreu (.268, 4 HR, 21 RBI’s)

This season, Abreu has been able to get on-base (.354 on-base percentage) and has stolen 17 bases in 25 attempts. This past week, Abreu was able to get on base and allow his teammates to drive him in. He went 7-for-17 at the plate with two home runs, five RBI’s, and nine runs scored. In two games against the Delmarva Shorebirds (Baltimore Orioles) this past weekend, Abreu was 4-for-7 with a home run and four RBI’s.

In the month of June, the 21-year-old shortstop is hitting .220, but he does have two home runs and eight RBI’s. His 38 runs scored lead the team this year.

Pitcher Of The Week: P Mario Sanchez (4-2, 2.53)

This past week, Sanchez wins pitcher of the week for getting the job done as both a starter and reliever. On June 15, against the Lakewood Blueclaws (Philadelphia Phillies), Sanchez went five innings as a starter, gave up two runs on five hits and struck out three in a victory. Yesterday, Sanchez came in out of the bullpen and threw two hitless innings while striking out one.

In the month of June, the 20-year-old right-hander is 3-0 with a 3.21 ERA in four appearances (one start). His command has been excellent this month when you consider he has 14 strikeouts to just one walk.

Honorable Mention: P Robert Orlan (2-0, 3.18)

In four games this month, the 24-year-old reliever has yet to give up an earned run over the course of seven innings. Yesterday, against the Delmarva Shorebirds, Orlan went one inning and struck out two batters.

However, his best game was on June 17 against Kannapolis. In relief of Austen Williams (6-1, 1.77), Orlan threw two hitless innings and struck out five of the six batters to get the win. He has four saves in as many opportunities this season. Plus, he has given up no runs in an outing in eight of his last nine appearances.

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