Position Player of the Week – Christian Walker, 1B (Triple-A, Norfolk)
.417/.588/.583 (5/12) with 2 2B, 3 RBI, 5 BB, 5 K
Walker was awarded with a promotion after his terrific first half at Bowie. He has not slowed down since joining Norfolk last week. I continue to say the same in regards to Walker – He is a second division type player that will need to prove himself at every level. At this rate, Walker is doing more than just prove his worth, as he is tearing the cover off the ball at every stop he makes. I am still leery of the power playing at the next level, but maybe he will prove me wrong there too.
Starting Pitcher of the Week – Hunter Harvey, RHP (Low-A, Delmarva)
5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 8 K
I was in attendance for this start, and Harvey was dominant. I believe he has a 5.0 inning cap the rest of the season (not confirmed), so this was all he was going to pitch anyways. I’ll have a full report at Baseball Prospectus on the start, but here is an excerpt of it:
Harvey has extreme confidence on the mound. He shows an innate ability to pitch, displaying extreme pitchability and cognizance of the situation surrounding him. His aggressiveness is tremendous, and he will attack hitters inside and then finish them off with the hammer CB. The FB/CB combo is one of the better duo’s in the minors, but the CH still has a long ways to go before he becomes consistent enough to start at the highest level.
Relief Pitcher of the Week – Jason Gurka, LHP (Double-A, Bowie)
2 G, 3.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K
Gurka has sneakily flown under the radar this season, but he is putting together another solid year for his resume. The future projection is a LOOGY, but I think he can be very effective in that role. He has only allowed three runs in his last 11 appearances and has racked up 22 strikeouts. We may not see Gurka in a major league bullpen this year, but at some point a team (presumably the Orioles) will give Gurka a shot.