Washington Nationals Minor Leagues: Players Of The Week (6/22-6/28)

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Harrisburg Senators (35-41)

 Hitter Of The Week: C Pedro Severino (.257, 3 HR, 24 RBI’s)

This past week, the Senators’ 21-year-old catcher had a six game hitting streak before going 0-for-2 yesterday against the Altoona Curve (Pittsburgh Pirates). Overall, he went 7-for-22 with four RBI’s. On June 22, against Altoona, Severino went 2-for-4 with two RBI’s in Game 1 of a doubleheader. After hitting .159 in May, Severino has turned it around in the month of June.

In 18 games, he is hitting .308 with one home run, nine RBI’s, and has a .348 on-base percentage. Currently, he is tied with Shawn Pfeiffner (who had seven hits and three RBI’s this week) for secound on the team in hits with 48. Only Matt Skole has more hits with 51.

Honorable Mention: CF Brian Goodwin (.234, 3 HR, 22 RBI’s)

While Goodwin isn’t a player that is going to wow anyone with his power numbers, the 24-year-old center field was able to get on base a ton this past week and found a way to score more often than not. He went 7-for-26 with a double, a triple, two RBI’s, and most importantly, six runs scored.

His best game of the weekend came in Game 1 of the doubleheader against Altoona on June 22. He went 3-for-4 with a triple, a RBI, and three runs scored n the Senators’ 7-2 win. Goodwin is hitting .247 with seven RBI’s in 22 games this month.

Pitcher Of The Week: P Colin Bates (3-0, 3.44)

While Bates has been mainly a reliever for the Senators this season, he got a couple of chances to start this week and he did not disappoint in those outings against Altoona. First, on June 22, he went 6.1 innings (seven inning game), gave up two runs on four hits, walked one, and struck out one in a 7-2 win.

Then, on June 28, in Game 1 of another doubleheader, he went five innings, gave up one run on three hits, struck out five, and walked one in a no-decision. In five starts this season, the 27-year-old is 2-0 with a 2.73 ERA (4.24 ERA in ten relief appearances).

Honorable Mention: SP Dakota Bacus (4-1, 3.09)

On June 25, the 24-year-old right-hander won his third consecutive outing when he took on the Binghamton Mets. He went 7.2 innings, gave up one run on five hits, and struck out six in a 2-1 win. Bacus has now thrown seven innings or later in each of his last two starts.

The reason he did not win the pitcher of the week this week is because of the walks. He had four walks, but was able to hold a strong Binghamton offense to one run. Nevertheless, when you have a pitcher who has given up two runs or fewer in six straight outings, he is likely going to be a consistent candidate for this honor every week. Bacus is 3-0 in five starts this month with a 1.99 ERA.

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