Washington Nationals Minor Leagues Players Of The Week: (7/6-7/12)
By Ricky Keeler
(Photo Credit: MILB.com)
Harrisburg Senators (44-46)
Hitter Of The Week: 2B Christopher Bostick (.247, 1 HR, 11 RBI’s)
Bostick joined the Senators on June 16 after being promoted from high-A Potomac, where he played the first 62 games of the season. This weekend against Erie, the 22-year-old second baseman went 6-for-13 with a home run and two RBI’s.
Overall, he went 9-for-29 over the course of the week with three RBI’s, which included a hit in six of the seven games he played in. He has two triples this season with the Senators, which is tied for second on the team. Only Brian Goodwin has more triples with four.
Honorable Mention: CF Brian Goodwin (.237, 3 HR, 25 RBI’s)
While Goodwin’s average hasn’t been great this season, he has been able to put up 59 hits, which is tied for third on the team with Shawn Pleffner. This past week, the 24-year-old had three multi-hit games, going 7-for-29 with two RBI’s.
Those two runs batted in came on July 11 against the Erie Sea Wolves (Detroit Tigers). In that game, he went 2-for-4 with a triple, a home run, and two RBI’s in Harrisburg’s 5-3 win. Goodwin is hitting .235 this month with one home runs and three RBI’s in nine games.
Pitcher Of The Week: SP Austin Voth (3-5, 3.19 ERA)
Voth will be one of the Harrisburg representatives at the Eastern League All-Star Game on Wednesday night. While he won’t likely pitch because he got the start this afternoon against Erie, it is a selection that is definitely well deserved. He made one start this past week (July 7) against the Richmond Flying Squirrels (San Francisco Giants).
In that outing, he went seven innings, gave up two hits, struck out seven, and did not walk a batter for the first time since June 10 against New Britain. He threw 62 of 93 pitches for strikes, but he would get the no decision in Harrisburg’s 2-1 13 inning win over Richmond. Voth hasn’t had a win since June 10, but he has yet to give up a run this month in two games heading into this afternoon’s game vs. Erie.
Honorable Mention: SP Dakota Bacus (5-2, 3.77)
While Bacus had a bad outing against Erie yesterday, that should not take away from the excellent outing he had on July 6 against the Altoona Curve (Pittsburgh Pirates). The 24-year-old right-hander went eight innings, gave up no runs on six hits, struck out four, and walked none in a 3-0 win. It was Bacus’ second shutout against Altoona this season.
Yesterday, Bacus had his worst start of the season when he gave up seven runs on ten hits in 4.2 innings. However, he still has picked up a win in four of his last six outings. Harrisburg’s rotation had a couple good starters this week, including Richard Bleier. Bleier shut out Erie on Saturday, giving up two hits over seven innings to pick up his third win in the last four starts.