US PRO PLAYERS OF THE WEEK 2015

Welcome to our another of our features that is designed as an additional enhancement to our updated statistical information about Australian players who fly our flag in the US Professional Leagues. Time permitting, we hope to track the performances of players for the previous week and to make our assessment for 'Flintoff & Dunn's US PRO PLAYER OF THE WEEK'.
Like everything we do, we certainly don't expect that everyone will agree with our assessments from week to week and we don't pretend to know every intimate event or situation that might affect a given player from time to time. Our assessment will be based purely on the statistics produced from the past week with no particular emphasis on at what level the performance has been achieved. In any case, we will be happy if this effort sparks interest and debate for Australia's baseball community and we will always be happy to hear what you think!

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  'Flintoff & Dunn's PRO PLAYERS OF THE WEEK' - 7 SEPTEMBER 2015

Congratulations to this weeks selection of our F&D Pro Player(s) of the Week.

As the minor leagues draw to a close for 2015 it was terrific to see Detroit's WARWICK SAUPOLD grasp the opportunity to post his first win at 'AAA' level this past week as he also takes our Pro Player Of The Week award. Warwick struck out eight to highlight his five inning winning start that saw just one run scored against his ledger.

We thought that he deserved to take our primary award by himself, even though Boston's young 'High A' lefty DANIEL McGRATH wasn't too far behind him with another winning start for the Salem Red Sox - he allowed two runs and struck out five. Relievers PETER MOYLAN and TODD VAN STEENSEL will join McGrath for "Honourable Mention" today.

 'Flintoff & Dunn' selected this player for our award nominations this week:



  WARWICK SAUPOLD ('AAA' - Toledo Mud Hens)
   1G   1-0, 1.80 ERA  5.0IP  3H  1ER  0BB  8K  --  Season  1-2, 5.62 ERA at 'AAA'

HONOURABLE MENTIONS:

Daniel McGRATH (Red Sox 'A+' Salem Red Sox) 1G  1-0, 3.60 ERA  5.0ip  5h  2er  1bb  5k
Todd VAN STEENSEL (Twins 'A+' Fort Myers Miracle) 2G  0-0, 0.00 ERA  3.0ip  0h  0er  1bb  4k
Peter MOYLAN (Braves 'MLB' Atlanta Braves) 4G  0-0, 3.00 ERA  3.0ip  4h  1er  0bb  3k
  'Flintoff & Dunn's PRO PLAYERS OF THE WEEK' - 31 AUGUST 2015

Congratulations to this weeks selection of our F&D Pro Player(s) of the Week.

Well, it may be repetitive for some of our loyal Subscribers, but we should only dip our caps to Minnesota Twins' infielders JAMES BERESFORD and LOGAN WADE who claim yet another PPOW award from 'Flintoff & Dunn' this week. At 'AAA' level Beresford is closing in on completing an absolutely stunning season of relentless hitting consistency with another 9-26 this week that has his season average standing at a mighty .316 - this against pitching that is often major league calibre! Wade has come on strong lately at 'High A' level and he will take an air of confidence from a very good 2015 season as a player on the rise.

We will give a share of our major award to young pitchers DANIEL McGRATH and SAM STREET who each allowed just the one earned run from a decent sample of innings. McGrath collected a win from his excellent six inning start for Boston's 'High A' Salem Red Sox, while Street pitched a total of 5.2 innings with six strike outs versus zero walks.

With fewer innings pitched we will include pitchers JOSH GUYER, DEAN ALDRIDGE and NICK HUTCHINGS who each receive "Honourable Mention" for positive efforts from their somewhat limited opportunities.

 'Flintoff & Dunn' selected these players for our award nominations this week:



 LOGAN WADE  ('A+' - Fort Myers Miracle)
 
 5G  .350AVG  20AB  2R  7H  3D  2RBI  .500 SLG%  --  Season .262AVG


 JAMES BERESFORD  ('AAA' - Rochester Red Wings)
 
 6G  .346AVG  26AB  3R  9H  1D  3RBI  .385 SLG%  --  Season .316AVG


 DANIEL McGRATH ('A+' Salem Red Sox)
  
1G   1-0, 1.50 ERA  6.0IP  2H  1ER  2BB  4K  --  Season  3-6, 3.86 ERA


 SAM STREET ('A' West Virginia Power)
  
2G   0-0, 1.69 ERA  5.2IP  4H  1ER  0BB  6K  --  Season  3-1, 1.98 ERA

HONOURABLE MENTIONS:

Josh GUYER (Twins 'R+' Elizabethton Twins) 2G  0-0, 0.00 ERA  2.2ip  1h  0er  2bb  5k
Dean ALDRIDGE (Tigers 'R' GCL Tigers) 1G  1-0, 3.00 ERA  3.0ip  2h  1er  3bb  4k
Nick HUTCHINGS (Pirates 'R' GCL Pirates) 2G  0-0, 3.38 ERA  2.2ip  1h  1er  0bb  4k
  'Flintoff & Dunn's PRO PLAYERS OF THE WEEK' - 24 AUGUST 2015

Congratulations to this weeks selection of our F&D Pro Player(s) of the Week.

It seems like every time we bemoan a relatively quiet week, like last week, our Australian boys respond with a brilliant surge of play in US professional baseball. This week we had a host of genuine contenders and it wasn't a simple matter to separate our award nominations. Ultimately we could not neglect any of the three hitters that will all receive Pro Player Of The Week and they will share the major award with a couple of terrific young starting pitchers. Headlining the hitting trio is LOGAN WADE who batted 11-22 (.500) for Minnesota's 'High A' Fort Myers with a .636 slugging percentage. Atlanta's MATT KENNELLY batted 7-16 (.438) at 'AA' Mississippi and perennial nomination JAMES BERESFORD is in the midst of yet another streak with 9-23 (.391) for the Twins 'AAA' Rochester.

Although those hitters were brilliant, maybe the best overall performance of the week came from emerging pitching star SAM GIBBONS who fired eight innings of one-hit pitching, while striking out twelve for Minnesota's 'A' team Cedar Rapids for his seventh win of the campaign... WOW! The last, but not least, of our PPOW award winners is Gibbons' fellow Victorian starter DANIEL McGRATH who pitched six innings of scoreless baseball with only two hits and eight strike outs. I'm sure you'll agree with those marvellous performances!

Our "Honourable Mentions" will go to five pitchers who, as you will note, were also very good and some lacked the opportunity to challenge for our major award with insufficient innings for the week.

One pitcher who missed a nomination was former major league star TRAVIS BLACKLEY, who struck out eight in his latest splendid seven inning outing, but his statistics for the week were polluted by a modest outing earlier in the sample.

 'Flintoff & Dunn' selected these players for our award nominations this week:



 SAM GIBBONS  ('A' - Cedar Rapids Kernels)
 
 1G   1-0, 0.00 ERA  8.0IP  1H  0ER  0BB  12K  --  Season  7-3, 2.72 ERA


 DANIEL McGRATH ('A+' Salem Red Sox)
  
1G   1-0, 0.00 ERA  6.0IP  2H  0ER  0BB  8K  --  Season  2-6, 4.05 ERA


 LOGAN WADE  ('A+' - Fort Myers Miracle)
 
 6G  .500AVG  22AB  2R  11H  1D  1T  1RBI  .636 SLG%  --  Season .256AVG


 MATT KENNELLY  ('AA' - Mississippi Braves)
 
 5G  .438AVG  16AB  3R  7H  1D  2RBI  .526 OB%  --  Season .227AVG


 JAMES BERESFORD  ('AAA' - Rochester Red Wings)
 
 6G  .391AVG  23AB  3R  9H  2D  3RBI  .481 OB%  --  Season .314AVG

HONOURABLE MENTIONS:

Sam STREET (Pirates 'A' West Virginia Power) 2G  0-0, 0.00 ERA  4.1ip  3h  0er  0bb  4k
Liam HENDRIKS (Blue Jays 'MLB' Toronto Blue Jays) 3G  1-0, 0.00 ERA  3.0ip  2h  0er  1bb  3k
Brandon STENHOUSE (Yankees 'R' GCL Yankees2) 2G  1-0, 0.00 ERA  3.0ip  0h  0er  4bb  5k
Lachlan WELLS (Twins 'R' GCL Twins) 1G  1-0, 1.80 ERA  5.0ip  4h  1er  1bb  5k
Bradley SIMON (Rangers 'R' DSL Rangers2) 2G  2-0, 2.25 ERA  4.0ip  1h  1er  2bb  3k
  'Flintoff & Dunn's PRO PLAYERS OF THE WEEK' - 17 AUGUST 2015

Congratulations to this weeks selection of our F&D Pro Player(s) of the Week.

Compared with some other weeks this year, it was relatively slim pickings with regard to worthy candidates for our award nominations on this occasion. Nonetheless, we still salute some very good performances, especially from a few of our lower level pros who have not featured often among these awards. One man who has featured very often is Minnesota's 'AAA' infield whiz JAMES BERESFORD who has had much better weeks than this one, yet we could not overlook his 9-26 (.346) after yet another admirably consistent week of batting. This week he will share our PPOW with a pair of Rookie League pitchers who both struck out more than one batter per inning while not allowing a run - those being Detroit's DEAN ALDRIDGE and Twins' LACHLAN WELLS.

WARWICK SAUPOLD and SAM HOLLAND both recorded wins, but did not quite stack up with our major award winners, so they will both receive "Honourable Mention". Saupold allowed three runs from his five inning winning start, while Holland pitched only three innings albeit that he did not allow a single base runner for his win.

Finally, we could not leave today without mentioning that the long road has proven worth the dedication for Aussie flag bearer PETER MOYLAN who has returned to the major leagues with the Atlanta Braves in the past few days. It is a tribute to him that he has kept the faith while battling ongoing injury concerns in the twilight of his terrific career. We hope that he now has a fair bit in the tank and that the "injury gods" will finally give him a healthy conclusion to his career... whenever that may be?

 'Flintoff & Dunn' selected these players for our award nominations this week:



 JAMES BERESFORD  ('AAA' - Rochester Red Wings)
 
 8G  .346AVG  26AB  2R  9H  1RBI  .370 OB%  --  Season .313AVG


 LACHLAN WELLS  ('R' - Gulf Coast League Twins)
 
 1G   1-0, 0.00 ERA  5.0IP  2H  0ER  0BB  6K  --  Season  4-2, 2.13 ERA


 DEAN ALDRIDGE  ('R' - Gulf Coast League Tigers)
 
 2G   0-0, 0.00 ERA  4.0IP  2H  0ER  0BB  7K  --  Season  0-0, 1.88 ERA

HONOURABLE MENTIONS:

Warwick SAUPOLD (Tigers 'AA' Eerie SeaWolves) 1G  1-0, 5.40 ERA  5.0ip  6h  3er  1bb  0k
Sam HOLLAND (Padres 'A-ss' Tri-City Dust Devils) 2G  1-0, 0.00 ERA  3.0ip  0h  0er  0bb  3k
  'Flintoff & Dunn's PRO PLAYERS OF THE WEEK' - 10 AUGUST 2015

Congratulations to this weeks selection of our F&D Pro Player(s) of the Week.

Two very fine pitching performances stood out this week, along with one young hitter who all shared our primary Pro Player Of The Week award on this occasion. Former major leaguer TRAVIS BLACKLEY continues to prove that he has some bullets remaining in his left arm with five scoreless innings that earned him a win for Miami's 'AAA' New Orleans Zephyrs. A younger pitcher on a massive upswing this season is SAM GIBBONS who recorded his sixth win of the year with Minnesota's 'A' team Cedar Rapids via another really high quality start. Joining them for our top award is Minnesota club mate LOGAN WADE who batted 7-17 (.412) with a .647 slugging percentage for their 'High A' Fort Myers Miracle.

Seasoned pitchers PETER MOYLAN and WARWICK SAUPOLD will receive "Honourable Mention" along with perennial nominee JAMES BERESFORD and rookie leaguer JAKE BOWEY who both produced a solid week of consistent hitting.

 'Flintoff & Dunn' selected these players for our award nominations this week:



 TRAVIS BLACKLEY  ('AAA' - New Orleans Zephyrs)
 
 1G   1-0, 0.00 ERA  5.0IP  2H  0ER  2BB  1K  --  Season  4-5, 5.20 ERA


 SAM GIBBONS  ('A' - Cedar Rapids Kernels)
 
 1G   1-0, 1.29 ERA  7.0IP  6H  1ER  1BB  4K  --  Season  6-2, 2.94 ERA


 LOGAN WADE  ('A+' - Fort Myers Miracle)
 
 5G  .412AVG  17AB  5R  7H  2D  1T  5RBI  .647 SLG%  --  Season .241AVG

HONOURABLE MENTIONS:

Jake BOWEY (Astros 'R' GCL Astros) 5G  21AB  .333AVG  3R  7H  4D  5RBI  .524SLG%
James BERESFORD (Twins 'AAA' Rochester Red Wings) 7G  27AB  .296AVG  3R  8H  5RBI  .345OB%
Peter MOYLAN (Braves 'AAA' Gwinnett Braves) 3G  0-0, 0.00 ERA  3.0ip  1h  0er  1bb  4k  3 Saves
Warwick SAUPOLD (Tigers 'AA' Eerie SeaWolves) 1G  0-0, 0.00 ERA  3.0ip  1h  0er  1bb  5k  1 Save
  'Flintoff & Dunn's PRO PLAYERS OF THE WEEK' - 3 AUGUST 2015

Congratulations to this weeks selection of our F&D Pro Player(s) of the Week.

This week we find a case of "the usual suspects" in terms of our primary award winners with Minnesota's 'AAA' infielder JAMES BERESFORD taking his eighth PPOW award nomination for this season and his 'A' level club mate SAM GIBBONS sharing the award for his fifth nomination of 2015. Beresford continues to plunder opposing teams with another terrific 11-26 effort, while Gibbons is emerging as a rapidly rising star with a dazzling complete game shutout during the past week.

As often, those who just missed out also had very good performances but they will have to settle for "Honourable Mention" because of the quite outstanding efforts of Beresford and Gibbons on this occasion.

 'Flintoff & Dunn' selected these players for our award nominations this week:



 JAMES BERESFORD  ('AAA' - Rochester Red Wings)
 
 6G  .423AVG  26AB  3R  11H  2D  2RBI  .500 SLG%  --  Season .311AVG


 SAM GIBBONS  ('A' - Cedar Rapids Kernels)
 
 1G   1-0, 0.00 ERA  9.0IP  4H  0ER  1BB  9K  --  Season  5-2, 3.14 ERA

HONOURABLE MENTIONS:

Liam HENDRIKS (Blue Jays 'MLB' Toronto Blue Jays) 3G  1-0, 0.00 ERA  4.0ip  0h  0er  0bb  7k
Lachlan WELLS (Twins 'R' GCL Twins) 1G  1-0, 0.00 ERA  5.0ip  2h  0er  0bb  6k
Sam STREET (Pirates 'A' West Virginia Power) 2G  0-0, 0.00 ERA  5.0ip  8h  0er  1bb  5k
  'Flintoff & Dunn's PRO PLAYERS OF THE WEEK' - 27 JULY 2015

Congratulations to this weeks selection of our F&D Pro Player(s) of the Week.

Once again we had some splendid efforts to consider from the past week of US professional baseball. For the second week running, young Victorian starting pitcher SAM GIBBONS distinguished himself with a sterling win that came after piloting six scoreless innings of high quality pitching for Minnesota's 'A' level Cedar Rapids Kernels. He will share the primary award this week with perennial nominee JAMES BERESFORD and young Queenslander LOGAN WADE who both swung the lumber with authority for the Minnesota twins organisation. Beresford added a rare home run to his customarily consistent 10-31 that pushed his season average back above the .300 mark. Wade rattled off 6-16 with four walks in a fine effort for the 'High A' Fort Myers Miracle. It was a Minnesota Tri-Fecta this week!

Four other pitchers will feature with an "Honourable Mention" after respective strong performances over the past week as you will see detailed below.

 'Flintoff & Dunn' selected these players for our award nominations this week:



 SAM GIBBONS  ('A' - Cedar Rapids Kernels)
 
 1G   1-0, 0.00 ERA  6.0IP  4H  0ER  4BB  4K  --  Season  4-2, 3.72 ERA


 JAMES BERESFORD  ('AAA' - Rochester Red Wings)
 
 7G  .323AVG  31AB  4R  10H  1D  1HR  2RBI  .452 SLG%  --  Season .303AVG


 LOGAN WADE  ('A+' - Fort Myers Miracle)
 
 5G  .375AVG  16AB  2R  6H  1D  4BB  2RBI  .500 OB%  --  Season .226AVG

HONOURABLE MENTIONS:

Liam HENDRIKS (Blue Jays 'MLB' Toronto Blue Jays) 2G  0-0, 0.00 ERA  3.1ip  0h  0er  0bb  3k
Peter MOYLAN (Braves 'AAA' Gwinnett Braves) 3G  0-0, 0.00 ERA  3.0ip  2h  0er  0bb  2k  2Saves
Warwick SAUPOLD (Tigers 'AA' Eerie SeaWolves) 1G  0-0, 1.80 ERA  5.0ip  3h  1er  3bb  3k
Todd VAN STEENSEL (Twins 'A+' Fort Myers Miracle) 3G  1-0, 2.08 ERA  4.1ip  4h  1er  0bb  1k  1Save
  'Flintoff & Dunn's PRO PLAYERS OF THE WEEK' - 20 JULY 2015

Congratulations to this weeks selection of our F&D Pro Player(s) of the Week.

With All Star game breaks affecting some leagues last week, there wasn't much opportunity for some of our everyday players to put together compelling batting numbers, yet we did have some very good pitching efforts to consider. Ultimately it wasn't too hard to reward a couple of young pitchers who each threw five scoreless innings from their one start for the week. Minnesota's 'A' level starter SAM GIBBONS will be joined by his Rookie League club mate LACHLAN WELLS for a share of our primary award.

"Honourable Mentions" will go to pitchers TIM ATHERTON, SAM HOLLAND and SAM STREET, while Kansas City's 'Advanced Rookie' RYAN DALE seems to be settling much better this season with his batting consistency. His 5-15 last week included a big three run homer!

 'Flintoff & Dunn' selected these players for our award nominations this week:



 SAM GIBBONS  ('A' - Cedar Rapids Kernels)
 
 1G   0-0, 0.00 ERA  5.0IP  5H  0ER  1BB  4K  --  Season  3-2, 4.25 ERA


 LACHLAN WELLS  ('R' - GCL Twins)
 
 1G   1-0, 0.00 ERA  5.0IP  2H  0ER  2BB  5K  --  Season  1-0, 1.80 ERA

HONOURABLE MENTIONS:

Ryan DALE (Royals 'R+' Idaho Falls Chukars) 5G  15AB  .333AVG  3R  5H  1HR  5RBI  .533SLG%
Tim ATHERTON (Athletics 'AA' Midland Rockhounds) 1G  0-0, 3.00 ERA  6.0ip  7h  2er  1bb  5k
Sam STREET (Pirates 'A' West Virginia Power) 2G  0-0, 2.25 ERA  4.0ip  3h  1er  1bb  2k  1Save
Sam HOLLAND (Padres 'A-ss' Tri-City Dust Devils) 2G  1-0, 0.00 ERA  3.0ip  2h  0er  1bb  2k
  'Flintoff & Dunn's PRO PLAYERS OF THE WEEK' - 13 JULY 2015

Congratulations to this weeks selection of our F&D Pro Player(s) of the Week.

Our Aussie professionals set a hot standard this week, making it particularly difficult for us to adjudicate upon the major award winners as a delineation from our "Honourable Mentions". Let's just say that we had to be very, very tough on those players who just missed out on our primary award this week, even though we are quite confident about the credentials of those who shared our PPOW.

Two of our everyday players batted above the .400 average plateau - MATT KENNELLY batted 8-18 for Atlanta's 'AA' Mississippi and his little brother SAM KENNELLY batted 7-17 for Pittsburgh's Rookie Gulf Coast League Pirates. Young lefty pitcher DAN McGRATH had an interesting week that saw him pitch seven scoreless innings at two different levels. He threw three scoreless innings early last week to finish his rehab assignment with the GCL Red Sox before heading back to throw four scoreless for Boston's 'High A' Salem Red Sox.

As you will see below, PETE MOYLAN and SAM STREET both totalled 5.1 innings without allowing an earned run, while LACHLAN MADDEN threw four in an effort that included a win while allowing just one hit. Obviously they were right on the cusp of sharing our primary award but, as they say, the line usually has to be drawn somewhere. The will be joined for "Honourable Mention" by perennial nominee JAMES BERESFORD also earns yet another mention after batting a strong 7-21 at 'AAA' level for Minnesota.

 'Flintoff & Dunn' selected these players for our award nominations this week:



 DANIEL McGRATH ('R' GCL Red Sox / 'A+' Salem Red Sox)
  
2G   0-0, 0.00 ERA  7.0IP  7H  0ER  1BB  4K  --  Season  1-1, 1.59 ERA at 'A+'


 MATT KENNELLY  ('AA' - Mississippi Braves)
 
 5G  .444AVG  18AB  4R  8H  2D  4BB  5RBI  .556SLG%  .545OB%  --  Season .223AVG at 'AA'


 SAM KENNELLY  ('R' - GCL Pirates)
 
 5G  .412AVG  17AB  0R  7H  1D  2BB  1RBI  .471SLG%  .474OB%  --  Season .321AVG

HONOURABLE MENTIONS:

James BERESFORD (Twins 'AAA' Rochester Red Wings) 6G  21AB  .333AVG  7R  7H  1D  4BB  .440OB%
Sam STREET (Pirates 'A' West Virginia Power) 2G  0-0, 0.00 ERA  5.1ip  3h  0er  1bb  5k
Peter MOYLAN (Braves 'AAA' Gwinnett Braves) 4G  0-0, 0.00 ERA  5.1ip  3h  0er  1bb  4k
Lachlan MADDEN (Astros 'R' GCL Astros) 3G  1-0, 0.00 ERA  4.0ip  1h  0er  1bb  5k
  'Flintoff & Dunn's PRO PLAYERS OF THE WEEK' - 6 JULY 2015

Congratulations to this weeks selection of our F&D Pro Player(s) of the Week.

This week we had some truly outstanding performances from our younger Aussie professionals, with three really spectacular efforts making it tough for the three that were just separated out for "Honourable Mention". Young Minnesota pitcher SAM GIBBONS grabbed a share of our major award with his winnings start that featured six scoreless innings. He will share the award with two hitters that compiled .400-plus averages over the past week. Detroit 'A' leaguer ZACH SHEPHERD batted a torrid 11-24 while Pittsburgh Rookie leaguer SAM KENNELLY rattled off 9-22 with a few extra base hits for additional spice.

Houston Rookie CONNOR MacDONALD would have been in the frame for a major award with his .313 batting average if not for the stunning efforts of Shepherd and Kennelly this week. AARON SOOKEE and LACHLAN WELLS didn't quite have sufficient innings match the scoreless pitching of Gibbons. As we often say, on another occasion they could have been among of primary PPOW award winners.

We cannot leave this page without a special mention for one of our regular award winners JAMES BERESFORD who had been selected to represent the International League in the upcoming 'AAA' All Star Game this season.

 'Flintoff & Dunn' selected these players for our award nominations this week:



 SAM GIBBONS  ('A' - Cedar Rapids Kernels)
 
 1G   1-0, 0.00 ERA  6.0IP  2H  0ER  4BB  5K  --  Season  2-2, 4.85 ERA


 ZACH SHEPHERD  ('A' - West Michigan Whitecaps)
 
 7G  .458AVG  24AB  3R  11H  0D  4BB  2RBI  .458SLG%  .536OB%  --  Season .274AVG


 SAM KENNELLY  ('R' - GCL Pirates)
 
 5G  .409AVG  22AB  1R  9H  2D  1T  1BB  2RBI  .591SLG%  .435OB%  --  Season .282AVG

HONOURABLE MENTIONS:

Connor MacDONALD (Astros 'R' GCL Astros) 4G  16AB  .313AVG  2R  5H  1D  1HR  .563SLG%
Lachlan WELLS (Twins 'R' GCL Twins) 1G  0-0, 0.00 ERA  4.0ip  3h  0er  2bb  5k
Aaron SOOKEE (D-Backs 'R+' Missoula Osprey) 3G  1-0, 3.00 ERA  3.0ip  3h  0er  0bb  4k
  'Flintoff & Dunn's PRO PLAYERS OF THE WEEK' - 29 JUNE 2015

Congratulations to this weeks selection of our F&D Pro Player(s) of the Week.

There really weren't too many players to consider for our nominations this week with not many having the body of work to challenge. However, the one standout performer was an easy selection as our sole Pro Player Of The Week. Oakland's 'AA' pitcher TIM ATHERTON made a truly stunning start for their Midland Rockhounds that comprised eight innings of shutout baseball where he allowed just two hits while striking out seven San Antonio Missions batters. He collected the win with the major part of a combined shutout for his team.

Perennial nomination JAMES BERESFORD cooled down just a tad to take an "Honourable Mention" after batting .304 for the week, to be joined by relief pitchers PETER MOYLAN and SAM STREET. Moylan took a win among three good outsings for Atlanta's 'AAA' Gwinnett. Street earned a very strong save with three scoreless innings for Pittsburgh's 'A' level West Virginia Power.

 'Flintoff & Dunn' selected these players for our award nominations this week:



 TIM ATHERTON  ('AA' - Midland Rockhounds)
 
 1G   1-0, 0.00 ERA  8.0IP  2H  0ER  2BB  7K  --  Season  5-3, 5.31 ERA

HONOURABLE MENTIONS:

James BERESFORD (Twins 'AAA' Rochester Red Wings) 6G  23AB  .304AVG  3R  7H  1BB  .333OB%
Peter MOYLAN (Braves 'AAA' Gwinnett Braves) 3G  1-0, 2.70 ERA  3.1ip  3h  1er  1bb  3k
Sam STREET (Pirates 'A' West Virginia Power) 1G  0-0, 3.00 ERA  3.0ip  1h  0er  0bb  4k  1SV
  'Flintoff & Dunn's PRO PLAYERS OF THE WEEK' - 22 JUNE 2015

Congratulations to this weeks selection of our F&D Pro Player(s) of the Week.

It may be a tad repetitive for some, but how could we possibly deny JAMES BERESFORD from receiving yet another Pro Player of the Week award after he put together another sustained streak of hitting consistency. Even after having his latest streak broken this morning, he still managed to compile a mighty 9-27 (.333) for Minnesota's 'AAA' Rochester Red Wings. We had him standing alone from a pack of pitchers who all had good enough numbers to deserve "Honourable Mention".

Although you can digest all of them detailed below, we will briefly mention former major leaguer TRAVIS BLACKLEY and Detroit's WARWICK SAUPOLD who each had terrific winning starts most recently that would have seen them share our top award if not for taking a loss earlier in the week that diluted their statistics. We also included a "comeback kid" AARON SOOKEE who picked up a win as a nice start to his re-born pro career that has kicked off with the commencement of the Short-season 'A' leagues and the Advanced Rookies.

 'Flintoff & Dunn' selected these players for our award nominations this week:



 JAMES BERESFORD  ('AAA' - Rochester Red Wings)
 
 6G  .333AVG  27AB  6R  9H  2D  1T  8RBI  .481 SLG%  --  Season .327AVG

HONOURABLE MENTIONS:

Liam HENDRIKS (Blue Jays 'MLB' Toronto Blue Jays) 4G  0-0, 0.00 ERA  3.0ip  3h  0er  1bb  3k
Peter MOYLAN (Braves 'AAA' Gwinnett Braves) 3G  0-0, 0.00 ERA  3.0ip  1h  0er  1bb  2k
Travis BLACKLEY (Marlins 'AAA' New Orleans Zephyrs) 2G  1-1, 1.50 ERA  6.0ip  3h  1er  1bb  4k
Warwick SAUPOLD (Tigers 'AA' Erie Seawolves) 2G  1-1, 4.09 ERA  11.0ip  8h  5er  6bb  9k
Tim ATHERTON (Athletics 'AA' Midland Rockhounds) 2G  2-0, 4.91 ERA  11.0ip  14h  6er  4bb  5k
Sam STREET (Pittsburgh 'A' West Virginia Power) 1G  0-0, 3.00 ERA  6.0ip  3h  2er  0bb  2k
Aaron SOOKEE (D-Backs 'R+' Missoula Osprey) 2G  1-0, 0.00 ERA  2.0ip  1h  0er  0bb  3k
  'Flintoff & Dunn's PRO PLAYERS OF THE WEEK' - 15 JUNE 2015

Congratulations to this weeks selection of our F&D Pro Player(s) of the Week.

Our only real problem this week was who to separate for our major award from our "Honourable Mentions". We finally settled upon two members of the Minnesota Twins farm who had larger bodies of work over the past week, even though all of our nominees performed very well from the opportunities afforded to them.

For the sixth time this season our 'AAA' star JAMES BERESFORD earns at least a share of our primary award with another mighty 8-23 batting effort that continues to keep his average solidly above the .300 plateau as it has been all season to date. This week he is joined by 'A' level pitcher SAM GIBBONS who took a win with a quality seven inning start that saw just two runs against his name.

Our three "Honourable Mentions" went to relief pitchers who each had a couple of scoreless outings, but they didn't quite have the total inning logged to push into our PPOW on this occasion. In any case they did all they could to help their respective teams.

 'Flintoff & Dunn' selected these players for our top award this week:



 JAMES BERESFORD  ('AAA' - Rochester Red Wings)
 
 7G  .348AVG  23AB  2R  8H  1RBI  .375OB%  --  Season .326AVG


 SAM GIBBONS  ('A' - Cedar Rapids Kernels)
  
1G   1-0, 2.57 ERA  7.0IP  4H  2ER  2BB  0K  --  Season  1-1, 4.50 ERA

HONOURABLE MENTIONS:

Sam STREET (Pittsburgh 'A' West Virginia Power) 2G  0-0, 0.00 ERA  4.0ip  2h  0er  0bb  3k
Liam HENDRIKS (Blue Jays 'MLB' Toronto Blue Jays) 2G  1-0, 0.00 ERA  3.0ip  4h  0er  0bb  3k
Todd VAN STEENSEL (Twins 'A+' Fort Myers Miracle) 2G  0-0, 0.00 ERA  3.0ip  1h  0er  0bb  3k
  'Flintoff & Dunn's PRO PLAYERS OF THE WEEK' - 8 JUNE 2015

Congratulations to this weeks selection of our F&D Pro Player(s) of the Week.

We bring you our Pro Player Of The Week a day late this week, but we have still used our established "Monday to Sunday" time frame.

Two very familiar award nominations from the top end of our professional ranks are joined for our primary award by Minnesota's 'High A' reliever TODD VAN STEENSEL who struck out EIGHT over four innings of NO-HIT pitching quality, plus he recorded a save. Toronto Blue Jays' major leaguer LIAM HENDRIKS earned his first win of the season as a reliever while pitching four scoreless innings at the top level of the game. Minnesota infielder JAMES BERESFORD could not be overlooked again after hitting .375 for the week as he continues to build upon a tremendously consistent 2015 season.

Sneaking in for an "Honourable Mention" is young Detroit minor leaguer ZACH SHEPHERD who batted a relatively modest .250 for the week, but we were persuaded to include him because of the double, home run and four walks that earned him strong statistics for slugging and on base percentages.

 'Flintoff & Dunn' selected these players for our top award this week:



 TODD VAN STEENSEL  ('A+' - Fort Myers Miracle)
   2G   0-0, 0.00 ERA  4.0IP  0H  0ER  1BB  8K  1SV  --  Season  1-2, 2.16 ERA


 LIAM HENDRIKS  ('MLB' - Toronto Blue Jays)
  
2G   1-0, 0.00 ERA  4.0IP  2H  0ER  1BB  3K  --  Season  1-0, 3.42 ERA


 JAMES BERESFORD  ('AAA' - Rochester Red Wings)
 
 5G  .375AVG  16AB  2R  6H  0RBI  .412OB%  --  Season .329AVG

HONOURABLE MENTIONS:

Zach SHEPHERD (Tigers 'A' West Michigan Whitecaps) 6G  20AB  .250AVG  3R  5H  1D  1HR  4BB  .375OB%
  'Flintoff & Dunn's PRO PLAYERS OF THE WEEK' - 1 JUNE 2015

Congratulations to this weeks selection of our F&D Pro Player(s) of the Week.

With most of our higher ranked professionals having a relatively quieter week, it was an opportunity for three of our 'A' level guys to dominate our award nominations today. For the second week running young NSW tyro ZACH SHEPHERD scoops out major award with some statistics that need a close look to establish just what kind of offensive output he had. At first glance his .286 batting average, although very good, would not normally take this award. However, when you factor in four doubles that gave him a .476 slugging percentage and seven walks that left him with a .464 on base percentage, we're sure you'll agree that he is a worthy Pro Player Of The Week.

We decided to give "Honourable Mentions" to emerging Victorian pitchers, the two Sams, SAM STREET and SAM GIBBONS. Street collected a win for his three inning outing that cost him just the one earned run, while Gibbons struck out six batters across five innings in his first start for the 2015 season and at the elevated level for him

 'Flintoff & Dunn' selected these players for our top award this week:



 ZACH SHEPHERD  ('A' - West Michigan Whitecaps)
 
 7G  .286AVG  21AB  4R  6H  4D  7BB  1RBI  .476SLG%  .464OB%  --  Season .271AVG

HONOURABLE MENTIONS:

Sam STREET (Pittsburgh 'A' West Virginia Power) 1G  1-0, 3.00 ERA  3.0ip  4h  1er  1bb  1k
Sam GIBBONS (Twins 'A' Cedar Rapids Kernels) 1G  0-0, 5.40 ERA  5.0ip  6h  3er  1bb  6k
  'Flintoff & Dunn's PRO PLAYERS OF THE WEEK' - 25 MAY 2015

Congratulations to this weeks selection of our F&D Pro Player(s) of the Week.

It is probably fair to suggest that Aussie pitchers have tended to dominate the headlines for our professional baseballers, especially in terms of the numbers who have represented our proud nation over the years. On this occasion a couple of batters will share our PRO PLAYER OF THE WEEK Award, while a couple of pitchers will receive "Honourable Mention". Minnesota infielder JAMES BERESFORD continues to ride wave after wave of hot hitting streaks at 'AAA' this season with yet another nomination this week. He will be joined for our main award by up and coming pro star ZACH SHEPHERD who has started to run hot for Detroit's 'A' level West Michigan Whitecaps.

Major leaguer LIAM HENDRIKS didn't log sufficient innings to challenge for our primary award with three scoreless frames, while his fellow West Aussie WARWICK SAUPOLD gave up only a couple of runs in a pretty good no-decision start.

 'Flintoff & Dunn' selected these players for our top award this week:



 JAMES BERESFORD  ('AAA' - Rochester Red Wings)
 
 7G  .409AVG  22AB  3R  9H  1D  3RBI  .435OB%  --  Season .333AVG


 ZACH SHEPHERD  ('A' - West Michigan Whitecaps)
 
 5G  .353AVG  17AB  5R  6H  3D  1HR  3RBI  .706SLG%  --  Season .276AVG

HONOURABLE MENTIONS:

Liam HENDRIKS (Blue Jays 'MLB' Toronto Blue Jays) 3G  0-0, 0.00 ERA  3.0ip  1h  0er  1bb  5k
Warwick SAUPOLD (Tigers 'AA' Eerie SeaWolves) 1G  0-0, 3.00 ERA  6.0ip  5h  2er  3bb  7k
  'Flintoff & Dunn's PRO PLAYERS OF THE WEEK' - 18 MAY 2015

Congratulations to this weeks selection of our F&D Pro Player(s) of the Week.

This may an unprecedented action by 'Flintoff & Dunn', but we simply couldn't find sufficient reason to omit any of FIVE terrific nominations for our Pro Player Of The Week in this instance. WARWICK SAUPOLD and DANIEL McGRATH remain in the frame for the second week running, to be joined by pitchers TIM ATHERTON and SAM STREET, along with consistent 'AAA' infielder JAMES BERESFORD who is embarking on another hitting streak. While four of those players have featured often already this season, Sam Street could not be overlooked with two wins from his two outings this week for the Pirates' 'A' level West Virginia Power.

TODD VAN STEENSEL couldn't do much more than to add another save from his two scoreless relief appearances, but he will have to settle for an "Honourable Mention" because of too few total innings of work.

 'Flintoff & Dunn' selected these players for our top award this week:



  WARWICK SAUPOLD ('AA' - Eerie SeaWolves)
   2G   1-0, 1.80 ERA  10.0IP  8H  2ER  3BB  6K  --  Season  1-1, 5.14 ERA


  TIM ATHERTON  ('AA' - Midland Rockhounds)
  
1G   1-0, 0.00 ERA  5.0IP  1H  0ER  0BB  1K  --  Season  1-1, 2.25 ERA (at 'AA" level)


  DANIEL McGRATH ('A+' Salem Red Sox)
  
1G   0-0, 1.50 ERA  6.0IP  2H  1ER  2BB  9K  --  Season  1-1, 1.80 ERA


  SAM STREET ('A' West Virginia Power)
  
2G   2-0, 2.70 ERA  6.2IP  8H  2ER  1BB  3K  --  Season  2-0, 2.55 ERA


 JAMES BERESFORD  ('AAA' - Rochester Red Wings)
 
 5G  .318AVG  22AB  1R  7H  2D  3RBI  .409SLG%  --  Season .321AVG

HONOURABLE MENTIONS:

Todd VAN STEENSEL (Minnesota 'A+' Fort Myers Miracle) 2G  0-0, 0.00 ERA  3.0ip  3h  0er  1bb  4k  1SV
  'Flintoff & Dunn's PRO PLAYERS OF THE WEEK' - 11 MAY 2015

Congratulations to this weeks selection of our F&D Pro Player(s) of the Week.

To be fair, most of our current US professional players enjoyed at least reasonable success this past week and, consequently, we had to be really hard on some to make our Pro Player of the Week determinations. In the end we chose to go with two starting pitchers who produced scoreless outings of more than five innings. Detroit's 'AA' starter WARWICK SAUPOLD had his best outing of the season with six scoreless frames and only three hits against his pitching line. Boston's 'Advanced A' lefty DAN McGRATH earns his second straight PPOW nomination with his 5.2 scoreless innings, however, even though he allowed just one hit, he somehow managed to tip-toe around six walks.

Just behind them we had a few nominations for "Honourable Mention" that you can digest below. I'm sure you'll agree that a couple of those could easily have been elevated to our primary award. While not nominated, I will also give a brief mention to our established major leaguer GRANT BALFOUR who is back in action with Tampa's 'AAA' Durham Bulls. He struck out four across his two scoreless relief outings as he aims to work his way back to the big leagues.

 'Flintoff & Dunn' selected these players for our top award this week:



  WARWICK SAUPOLD ('AA' - Eerie SeaWolves)
   1G   0-0, 0.00 ERA  6.0IP  3H  0ER  2BB  2K  --  Season  0-1, 6.48 ERA


  DANIEL McGRATH ('A+' Salem Red Sox)
  
1G   0-0, 0.00 ERA  5.2IP  1H  0ER  6BB  4K  --  Season  1-1, 1.88 ERA

HONOURABLE MENTIONS:

Tim ATHERTON (Athletics 'A+' Stockton Ports) 1G  0-0, 1.80 ERA  5.0ip  7h  1er  3bb  6k
Liam HENDRIKS (Blue Jays 'MLB' Toronto Blue Jays) 1G  0-0, 0.00 ERA  3.0ip  1h  0er  0bb  3k
James BERESFORD (Twins 'AAA' Rochester Red Wings) 7G  26AB  .308AVG  3R  8H  .357 OB%
Todd VAN STEENSEL (Minnesota 'A+' Fort Myers Miracle) 2G  0-0, 0.00 ERA  3.0ip  2h  0er  0bb  5k
  'Flintoff & Dunn's PRO PLAYERS OF THE WEEK' - 4 MAY 2015

Congratulations to this weeks selection of our F&D Pro Player(s) of the Week.

As our loyal subscribers would well know, we have most often complained about how difficult it can be to make these weekly adjudications, but certainly not this week. We don't expect to raise any eyebrows by selecting Minnesota's seasoned 'AAA' infielder JAMES BERESFORD to share our primary award with his young Victorian counterpart and lefty pitcher for Boston's 'High A' Salem Red Sox, DANIEL McGRATH. Both had really outstanding statistics for the week as you will see recorded below.

Our one honourable mention for this week is TODD VAN STEENSEL who collected a save from a couple of clean relief efforts for Minnesota's 'High A' Fort Myers Miracle. He just didn't have the body of work to claim a share of the major award on this occasion, even though he did nothing wrong.

 'Flintoff & Dunn' selected these players for our top award this week:



  JAMES BERESFORD ('AAA' - Rochester Red Wings)
   6G  .440AVG  25AB  2R  11H  2D  5RBI  .520SLG%  --  Season .345AVG


  DANIEL McGRATH ('A+' Salem Red Sox)
  
1G   0-0, 0.00 ERA  6.0IP  3H  0ER  0BB  6K  --  Season  1-1, 2.45 ERA

HONOURABLE MENTIONS:

Todd VAN STEENSEL (Minnesota 'A+' Fort Myers Miracle) 2G  0-0, 0.00 ERA  3.0ip  2h  0er  0bb  5k
  'Flintoff & Dunn's PRO PLAYERS OF THE WEEK' - 27 APR 2015

Congratulations to this weeks selection of our F&D Pro Player(s) of the Week.

With still not a large spread of Aussie pros in action until the Rookie Leagues commence, it was pleasing to see a good sample of those who are in action putting up strong numbers lately. One guy who is really pushing to work back up the ladder is TIM ATHERTON who takes a share of our PRO PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARD for the second week running. His two very strong outings saw him strike out twenty hitters across 13 innings of work for Oakland's 'High A' Stockton Ports. This week he shares our primary award with Minnesota's 'AAA' infielder JAMES BERESFORD who had a relatively low 12 at bats for the week, yet he could not be asked to do much more than hit for a .417 average from the opportunities he had.

Three pitchers and one hitter will receive "Honourable Mention" on this occasion, perhaps starting with Boston's 'High A' level lefty DAN McGRATH who took a win from his two starts while allowing just two runs across his total of nine innings, including nine punch outs. Minnesota's 'High A' pitcher TODD VAN STEENSEL struck out eight across just 4.1 innings with just one earned run allowed. Pittsburgh's 'A' level reliever SAM STREET boasted two saves while allowing just one run across his five sturdy innings of work. The hitter to join them is Minnesota's 'High A' infielder LOGAN WADE whose 5-16 gave him a solid .313 average for the past week.

 'Flintoff & Dunn' selected these players for our top award this week:



 TIM ATHERTON  ('A+' - Stockton Ports)
  
2G   0-0, 0.69 ERA  13.0IP  4H  1ER  2BB  20K  --  Season  0-0, 1.17 ERA


 JAMES BERESFORD  ('AAA' - Rochester Red Wings)
 
 
4G  .417AVG  12AB  1R  5H  1D  1RBI  .500SLG%  --  Season .297AVG

HONOURABLE MENTIONS:

Daniel McGRATH (Red Sox 'A+' Salem Red Sox 2G  1-0, 2.00 ERA  9.0ip  4h  2er  5bb  9k
Todd VAN STEENSEL (Minnesota 'A+' Fort Myers Miracle) 2G  0-1, 2.08 ERA  4.1ip  3h  1er  2bb  8k
Sam STREET (Pittsburgh 'A' West Virginia Power) 2G  0-0, 1.80 ERA  5.0ip  7h  1er  0bb  3k  2SV
Logan WADE (Minnesota 'A+' Fort Myers Miracle) 4G  16AB  .313AVG  1R  5H  .375 SLG%
  'Flintoff & Dunn's PRO PLAYERS OF THE WEEK' - 20 APR 2015

Congratulations to this weeks selection of our F&D Pro Player(s) of the Week.

Back with the Toronto Blue Jays this season, Australia's major league right-hander LIAM HENDRIKS is already doing everything right in his current role as a middle-reliever. His five scoreless outings have seen him strike out nine batters while walking only one across six total innings. Although it is not a big sample, three of those appearances have been in the past week and we simply couldn't ask him to do any more. He will be joined as our PRO PLAYER OF THE WEEK by Oakland's TIM ATHERTON who allowed just one run from five innings in his one start this week. After a strong beginning to the 2015 season we'd hope that Tim can climb back up the minor league rungs this season.

We don't have anyone to add as an "Honourable Mention" this week, but we will acknowledge the fact that young Aussie infielder LOGAN WADE clocked a GRAND SLAM home run for Minnesota's 'High A' Fort Myers Miracle during the past week.

 'Flintoff & Dunn' selected these players for our top award this week:



 LIAM HENDRIKS  ('MLB' - Toronto Blue Jays)
  
3G   0-0, 0.00 ERA  3.0IP  1H  0ER  1BB  5K  --  Season  0-0, 0.00 ERA


 TIM ATHERTON  ('A+' - Stockton Ports)
  
1G   0-0, 1.80 ERA  5.0IP  4H  1ER  1BB  5K  --  Season  0-0, 1.80 ERA

HONOURABLE MENTIONS: