Congratulations to this weeks selection of our F&D Pro Player(s) of the
All good things come to an end and, with the US
minor leagues winding down for the 2010 season, we will make this
the last of our ‘Flintoff & Dunn’ PRO PLAYER OF THE WEEK Awards for
this year. Even this past week most of the lower leagues had
concluded so it was a small number of pitchers playing at the upper
levels that we had to consider for this last award. Before we get
into that, wasn’t it great to see TRENT OELTJEN
back in the major leagues where he belongs to become the seventh
Aussie to appear in “The Show” during 2010.
Way out in front for our last PPOW Award was
Philadelphia’s ‘AA’ prospect DREW 'DREW-K' NAYLOR
who finished with an outstanding flourish, pitching a magnificent
nine inning shutout victory for Reading. It was every bit as good as
any performance this season.
The lack of competition this week gives us a nice
opportunity to recognise a couple of our major league stars who
probably would have missed a mention on most occasions due to their
small sample of inning pitched for the week. However, this time we
will not fail to mention right-handed relievers PETER MOYLAN
and RICHARD THOMPSON who both collected wins and
recorded a scoreless week of pitching in the big leagues.
To quickly summarise some of Australia’s better
professional performers for 2010:
PETE MOYLAN (6-2, 3.05ERA) and
BRAD THOMAS (5-2, 2.30ERA) both owned strong
winning records in the majors, while GRANT BALFOUR
(1-1, 2.58ERA) and RICH THOMPSON (1-0, 1.15ERA)
were also very good.
NOTE: Major League statistics are not yet final for the 2010 season.
BRENDAN WISE (4-2, 2.08ERA) was
most consistent for Detroit at ‘AAA’ level, while TRAVIS
BLACKLEY (2-1, 2.52ERA) seemed to find a comfortable home
with Oakland at ‘AAA’ Sacramento.
DREW NAYLOR was a little
inconsistent but occasionally brilliant for Philadelphia’s ‘AA’
Reading to finish with a 12-10, 4.63ERA record. MATT
WILLIAMS also made some progress at ‘AA’ level during 2010.
Clearwater catcher JOEL NAUGHTON
was outstanding at ‘High-A’ level both defensively and offensively
where he batted .308 for the season. Minnesota tyro LIAM
HENDRIKS was once again brilliant with the ball at both ‘A’
and ‘High-A’ levels where he owned a combined 8-4 record with a “Sub
2.00” ERA and 105 strike outs versus just 12 walks! TIM
KENNELLY and MITCH DENING both batted .274
for their respective teams.
At ‘A’ Level, Minnesota’s JIMMY BERESFORD
started the season with an ice cold stick but when it caught fire it
was an inferno and he scooped plenty of our awards while pushing his
average above .300 before settling for a tremendous .297 for the
year. Atlanta’s STEVE KENT made a very good return
to pro baseball after persistent injury problems to own a great 2-0,
0.69ERA from his 39.1 innings in 2010.
TIM STANFORD and KABLE
HOGBEN both compiled impressive pitching records in
short-season ‘A’ ball. Texas starter Stanford went 6-0, 1.66ERA,
while Arizona’s Hogben was 0-0, 0.72ERA plus ten saves.
Among the ‘Rookie’ league
players Minnesota’s RORY RHODES carried the best
bat with his .319 average, while
Boston’s MOKO MOANAROA wasn’t too far behind with
his .296 from over 100 at bats. Although he owned a losing 1-3
record, Boston’s JUSTIN ERASMUS owned our best ERA
for the season with 2.12 from nearly 30 innings.
Among our Independent league campaigners Victorian
club mates DANNY BERG and SCOTTY WEARNE
were both terrific hitters. Wearne batted a consistent .300 over a
long season which took its toll on him toward the end, while Berg
was quickly into a groove after joining the Air Hogs mid-season to
finish with a blazing .377 average. Pitchers JAMES ALBURY
(6-5, 4.73ERA), WAYNE LUNDGREN (7-6, 4.69ERA) and
DAVID WELCH (8-6, 3.59ERA) each owned a winning
record as regular starters for their respective teams, but
CRAIG ANDERSON was probably the best with his 9-3, 4.22ERA
record for the year.
We look forward to bringing you our PRO PLAYER OF
THE WEEK AWARDS again in 2011.
'Flintoff & Dunn' selected this player for our
top award this week and as our final winner for this year:
(AA - Reading Phillies)
1G 1-0, 0.00ERA 9.0IP 3H 0ER
1BB 7K -- Season 12-10, 4.63ERA