Position Player of the Week – Mike Yastrzemski, OF (Low-A, Delmarva)
.382/.400/.706 (13/34) with a 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 1 BB, 10 K, 2 SB
Yaz continues to destroy the SALLY. At 23 years old, this should not surprise many. Yaz is a college player that went to a highly touted baseball school in Vanderbilt. He should be destroying the cover off the ball, and to his credit, he is doing just that. The only concern one may have could be the strikeouts, but I believe that most of the whiffs derive from a very patient approach at the plate. Yaz sees a lot of pitches. He should see a promotion to Frederick after the SALLY all-star game.
Starting Pitcher of the Week – Branden Kline, RHP (High-A, Frederick)
2 GS, 13.2 IP, 11 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 16 K
Kline continues to pitch well and is essentially the Keys’ staff ace. I have seen Kline six times this season, and he looks nearly the same almost every outing. He sits 90-93 usually, topping out around 95-96 mph. The fastball does not have a terrific plane, but he is able to command the pitch and make up for the straightness. His slider is a good secondary pitch, showing hard tilt and sitting in the 79-83 mph range. The changeup needs the most work, as it will be firm at times. He has a hard time replicating the pitch. Overall, Kline is likely a reliever in the long run. At the current time, he is doing exactly what a college pitcher of his pedigree should – dominate the High-A competition.
Relief Pitcher of the Week – Jimmy Yacabonis, RHP (Low-A, Delmarva)
2 G, 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K
Another week, another two scoreless outings for the Yac-attack (forgive me). Yacabonis has even been stretched out to 2.0 inning spurts at a time. There really isn’t much else to be said about Yacabonis, he likely sees a promotion to Frederick at the SALLY all-star break.