US PRO PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

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' - 22 MAY 2017

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

Well subscribers, the three players who earned a share of our PRO PLAYER OF THE WEEK Award this time have each produced quite remarkable performances. The everyday player who was scalding hot with the bat this week is a great "survivor" of pro baseball and a magnificent Australian baseball flag bearer ALLAN de SAN MIGUEL. Always a superb defensive catcher, 'de San' is a dangerous and streaky hitter who really hit a hot streak with 9-14 (.643) with three doubles for a .857 slugging percentage for the Royals' 'AA' Northwest Arkansas Naturals. He will be joined by those rapidly emerging pitching twin brothers LACHLAN WELLS and ALEX WELLS who both delivered outstanding starts this week. Lachlan pitched the ultra-rare commodity of a complete nine inning win for Minnesota's 'High A' Fort Myers Miracle, while Alex pitched six scoreless frames with seven punch outs for Baltimore's 'Class A' Delmarva Shorebirds.

Earning an "Honourable Mention" on this occasion were WARWICK SAUPOLD, JON KENNEDY and LEWIS THORPE. Saupold pitched a strong seven inning winning start for Detroit at 'AAA' level. Big Jon Kennedy would not normally expect a mention with only reasonable statistics, yet his two relief outings both resulted in wins on his ledger and that is something that cannot be ignored. Finally, it was great to see Victorian lefty Lewis Thorpe back in action after a long injury layoff and he marked his return with four solid innings for the Twins' 'High A' Fort Myers.

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



 ALLAN de SAN MIGUEL  ('AAA' - NW Arkansas Naturals)
 
 4G  .643AVG  14AB  3R  9H  3D  4RBI  .857 SLG%  --  Season .296AVG


 LACHLAN WELLS  ('A+' - Fort Myers Miracle)
 
 1G   1-0, 1.00 ERA  9.0IP  4H  2ER  0BB  4K  - CG  --  Season  2-5, 3.51 ERA


 ALEX WELLS  ('A' - Delmarva Shorebirds)
 
 1G   0-0, 0.00 ERA  6.0IP  5H  0ER  2BB  7K  --  Season  3-1, 2.16 ERA

HONOURABLE MENTIONS:

Warwick SAUPOLD Tigers - 'AAA' Toledo Mud Hens 1G  1-0, 2.57 ERA  7.0ip  6h  2er  2bb  3k
Jon KENNEDY Braves - 'A' Rome Braves 2G  2-0, 6.00 ERA  3.0ip  4h  2er  0bb  3k
Lewis THORPE Twins - 'A+' Fort Myers Miracle 1G  0-0, 2.25 ERA  4.0ip  2h  1er  0bb  3k
  'Flintoff & Dunn's PRO PLAYERS OF THE WEEK' - 15 MAY 2017

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

There was not a great volume of worthy nominations for our Pro Player Of The Week on this occasion, but there were still a couple of pitchers who waved the Aussie flag with some vigour this week. By virtue of taking a win from his start, maybe Baltimore's ALEX WELLS just shaded recent major leaguer WARWICK SAUPOLD yet we decided to nominate both for our major award rather than separate them.

Wells pitched his winning start for Baltimore's 'Class A' Delmarva Shorebirds with six quality innings, while Saupold struck out eight across 5.2 innings in a strong no-decision for Detroit's 'AAA' Toledo Mud Hens. Well done fellas!

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



 ALEX WELLS  ('A' - Delmarva Shorebirds)
 
 1G   1-0, 1.50 ERA  6.0IP  6H  1ER  0BB  2K  --  Season  3-1, 1.19 ERA


 WARWICK SAUPOLD  ('AAA' - Toledo Mud Hens)
 
 1G   0-0, 0.00 ERA  5.2IP  6H  2ER  2BB  8K  --  Season  1-0, 2.97 ERA at 'AAA'

HONOURABLE MENTIONS:

  'Flintoff & Dunn's PRO PLAYERS OF THE WEEK' - 8 MAY 2017

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

A couple of Australian relief pitchers threw a full week of hitless and scoreless pitching to share our Pro Player Of The Week Award with an emerging Aussie hitter. Major leaguer LIAM HENDRIKS pitched 3.2 hitless innings across three outings for the Oakland Athletics with seven strike outs, while Minnesota's TODD VAN STEENSEL earned two wins from his two hitless appearances for their 'AA' Chattanooga Lookouts. Emerging national team representative AARON WHITEFIELD batted a strong 7-22 (.318) for Minnesota's 'Class A' Cedar Rapids, including a home run and a double for a .500 slugging percentage. Pretty hard to argue with those selections I'd say.

Also earning an "Honourable Mention" this week is Baltimore's ALEX WELLS who pitched a quality 6.1 inning start for their 'A' team Delmarva Shorebirds where he allowed just the one earned run. He was almost included with our primary award winners.

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



 LIAM HENDRIKS  ('MLB' - Oakland Athletics)
 
 3G   0-0, 0.00 ERA  3.2IP  0H  0ER  0BB  7K  --  Season  0-0, 4.26 ERA


 TODD VAN STEENSEL  ('AA' - Chattanooga Lookouts)
 
 2G   2-0, 0.00 ERA  4.1IP  0H  0ER  1BB  4K  --  Season  3-0, 1.32 ERA


 AARON WHITEFIELD  ('A' - Cedar Rapids Kernels)
 
 6G  .318AVG  22AB  5R  7H  1D  1HR  1RBI  .500 SLG%  --  Season .296AVG

HONOURABLE MENTIONS:

Alex WELLS Orioles - 'A' Delmarva Shorebirds 1G  0-0, 1.42 ERA  6.1ip  3h  1er  2bb  5k
  'Flintoff & Dunn's PRO PLAYERS OF THE WEEK' - 1 MAY 2017

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

Let's start by mentioning that the two fellows that were nominated for our major award last week have backed-up to receive another nomination this week. Well done to ZAC SHEPHERD who remains on fire with FOUR HOME RUNS among his 8-24 for another .833 slugging percentage this week. Atlanta's JON KENNEDY collected a win this past week while striking out five across 4.2 innings of relief pitching. Joining them for a share of our primary award are a couple of young starting pitchers who had mighty outings this week. Baltimore's ALEX WELLS pitched six scoreless innings for a win while striking out six for 'Class A' Delmarva. Boston's DAN McGRATH pitched five scoreless frames for their 'High A' Salem Red Sox. We just couldn't leave any of those four lads out as joint Pro Players Of The Week.

Earning "Honourable Mentions" on this occasion are WARWICK SAUPOLD who claimed a win from his two starts that totalled 12 innings with ten punch outs recorded for Detroit's 'AAA' Toledo. At major league level LIAM HENDRIKS had two really strong outings that saw him allow just one hit an no runs across 2.2 relief innings. Also getting a mention is AARON WHITEFIELD who homered and doubled for Minnesota's 'Class A' Cedar Rapids Kernels.

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



 ALEX WELLS  ('A' - Delmarva Shorebirds)
 
 1G   1-0, 0.00 ERA  6.0IP  2H  0ER  0BB  6K  --  Season  2-1, 1.00 ERA


 DAN McGRATH  ('A+' - Salem Red Sox)
 
 1G   0-0, 0.00 ERA  5.0IP  5H  0ER  2BB  4K  --  Season  0-2, 5.09 ERA


 ZAC SHEPHERD  ('A+' - Lakeland Flying Tigers)
 
 6G  .333AVG  24AB  7R  8H  4HR  9RBI  .833 SLG%  --  Season .310AVG


 JON KENNEDY  ('A' - Rome Braves)
 
 2G   1-0, 1.93 ERA  4.2IP  3H  1ER  1BB  5K  --  Season  2-0, 0.71 ERA

HONOURABLE MENTIONS:

Warwick SAUPOLD Tigers - 'AAA' Toledo Mud Hens 2G  1-0, 2.25 ERA  12.0ip  10h  3er  6bb  10k
Liam HENDRIKS Athletics - 'MLB' Oakland Athletics 2G  0-0, 0.00 ERA  2.2ip  1h  0er  0bb  3k
Aaron WHITEFIELD Twins - 'A' Cedar Rapids Kernels 4G  15AB  .267AVG  1R  4H  1D  1HR  2RBI  .533SLG%
  'Flintoff & Dunn's PRO PLAYERS OF THE WEEK' - 26 APRIL 2017

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

A few weeks into the 2017 professional baseball season it is time that we cranked up out Pro Player of the Week awards for the new season. There hasn't really been much to highlight for our Aussie pro players so far this season and it is very noticeable that the overall numer of Aussie pros is very much reduced this year. Although we would prefer not to make this negative suggestion, it seems very likely that we have been spoilt by what may well prove to be a "golden era" of signed Australian professional baseballers?

For our first awards of this season we are glad to acknowledge a couple of emerging young tyros who have started the season in fine style and they could both be on the verge of really climbing the ranks in coming seasons. Atlanta's tall left-hander JON KENNEDY pitched a couple of really strong relief outings this week while allowing just one run over five innings and striking out six for the 'Class A' Rome Braves. Joining him for a share of our top award is ZAC SHEPHERD who batted 7-18 (.389) for Detroit's 'High-A' Lakeland Flying Tigers, including two doubles and two home runs for a huge .833 slugging percentage.

This week an "Honourable Mention" will be given to Minnesota's TODD VAN STEENSEL who struck out four from his 2.1 scoreless innings with 'AA' Chattanooga.

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



 JON KENNEDY  ('A' - Rome Braves)
 
 2G   1-0, 1.80 ERA  5.0IP  3H  1ER  1BB  6K  --  Season  1-0, 0.82 ERA


 ZAC SHEPHERD  ('A+' - Lakeland Flying Tigers)
 
 5G  .389AVG  18AB  4R  7H  2D  2HR  8RBI  .833 SLG%  --  Season .283AVG

HONOURABLE MENTIONS:

Todd VAN STEENSEL Twins - 'AA' Chattanooga Lookouts 1G  0-0, 0.00 ERA  2.1ip  3h  0er  0bb  4k