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' - 12 SEPTEMBER 2016 - FINAL!

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

With only the major leagues still in full swing, we may have opted to discontinue our PPOW awards after last weekend, but this year there is an opportunity for us to end the season with a bit more style. Of course it is always a huge thing for Australian baseball when we can salute another new major league Aussie. Having been called up earlier last week with the expanded September rosters, Minnesota infielder JAMES BERESFORD was finally rewarded with a long-awaited big league debut yesterday and he duly came through with a safe hit in his debut game.

Beresford became Australia's 33rd major league player, while a young fellow who was born just a few weeks later than him became No.31 around the same time of the year in 2011 - WA's pitching star LIAM HENDRIKS. Hendriks and Beresford seemed to be inexorably linked since their junior days when they went toe-to-toe as two of the best rival starting pitchers in the country. Their connection continued when they were both signed by the Minnesota Twins as teenagers before heading off to play professional baseball in 2007.

While Beresford gets his nomination because of his MLB debut, Hendriks is finishing his season in solid fashion by pitching four scoreless innings over three relief outings for Oakland this past week.

We will end our 2016 PRO PLAYER OF THE WEEK awards by giving another nomination to those fine lads!

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



 JAMES BERESFORD  ('MLB' - Minnesota Twins)
 
 Made his Major League debut on 11 September - batted 1-4 on debut.


 LIAM HENDRIKS  ('MLB' - Oakland Athletics)
 
 3G   0-0, 0.00 ERA  4.0IP  4H  0ER  0BB  2K  --  Season  0-3, 4.04 ERA

HONOURABLE MENTIONS:

  'Flintoff & Dunn's PRO PLAYERS OF THE WEEK' - 5 SEPTEMBER 2016

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

As the US minor leagues have either ended or are nearing an end, the cream of our Australian professional players continue to put forth positive statistics and provide hot competition for our weekly awards. Some regular nominees had their hands up again this past week, possibly led by a guy who, quite remarkably, took a loss from what was a marvellous performance. Minnesota's LACHLAN WELLS struck out ELEVEN batters across 6.1 innings without allowing an earned run and he could consider himself most unfortunate to take the "L-Plate".
His twin brother ALEX WELLS once again shared our major award with his sibling via five scoreless frames that left him with a no-decision. 2016 major league pitcher WARWICK SAUPOLD collected his seventh win of the season at 'AAA' Toledo with five scoreless innings from his most recent start. Joining the hurlers is perennial 'AAA' offensive nominee JAMES BERESFORD who has come on strongly at the end of this season with 7-19 for Minnesota's Rochester Red Wings.

While those men will share our major award, we will give an "Honourable Mention" to a couple more pitchers who were not too far behind them with wins recorded for the week. Pittsburgh's SAM STREET pitched 3.2 scoreless innings over two relief outings, while Boston's DAN McGRATH allowed only two runs from his victorious 5.1 inning start for 'High A' Salem.

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



 LACHLAN WELLS  ('A' - Cedar Rapids Kernels)
 
 1G   0-1, 0.00 ERA  6.1IP  3H  0ER  0BB  11K  --  Season  6-4, 1.77 ERA


 ALEX WELLS  ('A-SS' - Aberdeen IronBirds)
 
 1G   0-0, 0.00 ERA  5.0IP  2H  0ER  2BB  1K  --  Season  4-5, 2.15 ERA


  WARWICK SAUPOLD ('AAA' - Toledo Mud Hens)
   1G   1-0, 0.00 ERA  5.0IP  6H  0ER  0BB  2K  --  Season  7-2, 2.30 ERA at 'AAA'


 JAMES BERESFORD  ('AAA' - Rochester Red Wings)
 
 5G  .368AVG  19AB  3R  7H  3RBI  .429 OB%  --  Season .269AVG

HONOURABLE MENTIONS:

Sam STREET Pirates - 'A+' Bradenton Marauders 2G  1-0, 0.00 ERA  3.2ip  5h  0er  0bb  0k
Daniel McGRATH Red Sox - 'A+' Salem Red Sox 1G  1-0, 3.38 ERA  5.1ip  4h  2er  2bb  2k
  'Flintoff & Dunn's PRO PLAYERS OF THE WEEK' - 29 AUGUST 2016

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

Australia's pitchers were again to the fore for this PRO PLAYER OF THE WEEK term. For the fifth time this season Minnesota's 'Class A' starter LACHLAN WELLS has caught our eye for our primary award by producing a terrific winning start that saw him navigate six scoreless innings as he continues to stake his claim for a very worthwhile professional career. He will be joined for a share of our major award by our only new 2016 major leaguer WARWICK SAUPOLD who dominated at 'AAA' Toledo with a victory that comprised seven shutout frames.

DANIEL McGRATH, who is also a regular F&D award winner, pitched another very good start in his most recent outing, yet he missed a nomination because an earlier start in the same weekly period was not so effective.

Earning "Honourable Mention" is Minnesota 'Low A' starter SAM GIBBONS who also recorded a win with six innings that allowed just two earned runs. We'll also include Oakland major league reliever LIAM HENDRIKS who struck out five across 2.2 scoreless innings from his three outings for the week. He just didn't have sufficient opportunity (total innings) to contend for our major award this time.

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



  WARWICK SAUPOLD ('AAA' - Toledo Mud Hens)
   1G   1-0, 0.00 ERA  7.0IP  7H  0ER  2BB  3K  --  Season  6-2, 2.47 ERA at 'AAA'


 LACHLAN WELLS  ('A' - Cedar Rapids Kernels)
 
 1G   1-0, 0.00 ERA  6.0IP  1H  0ER  4BB  5K  --  Season  6-3, 1.94 ERA

HONOURABLE MENTIONS:

Sam GIBBONS Twins - 'A' Cedar Rapids Kernels 1G  1-0, 3.00 ERA  6.0ip  9h  2er  0bb  2k
Liam HENDRIKS Athletics - 'MLB' Oakland Athletics 2G  0-0, 0.00 ERA  2.2ip  2h  0er  0bb  5k
  'Flintoff & Dunn's PRO PLAYERS OF THE WEEK' - 22 AUGUST 2016

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

OK, we agree, it's a very subjective thing to choose between pitching performances on occasions when there may be just one run involved to differentiate. We also understand that wins and losses for pitchers may be overrated depending on things like run support. Having explained our excuse in advance, we will still fall for the "perceived trap" of giving out major award nomination to a couple of pitchers who recorded wins this past week, also because they had marginally better ERA outcomes. Boston's 'High A' starter DANIEL McGRATH earns another share of our PPOW for his eight inning start that saw just the one run cross the dish. He will share the limelight with Minnesota's 'Class A' starter LACHLAN WELLS who is also a repeat winner from last week with his 5.2 innings on shutout pitching for his win.

Relievers WARWICK SAUPOLD and SAM STREET both pitched six innings across two outings for just one run scored against them to merit an "Honourable Mention" and, as we often say, they would have been worthy of a primary nomination on other occasions. Also scraping in for an "Honourable Mention" was Houston Rookie Leaguer CONNOR MacDONALD who batted 6-20 with a double and a home run included for a .500 slugging percentage. Clearly the acorn has not fallen far from the tree in his case with some of the power that his father Ken MacDonald showcased in the first incarnation of the Australian Baseball League. We won't ignore that he could also do well to cut down on the eight strike outs he recorded from those 20 at bats... some times you do pay a price for that power swing!

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



 DANIEL McGRATH  ('A+' - Salem Red Sox)
 
 1G   1-0, 1.13 ERA  8.0IP  1H  1ER  2BB  5K  --  Season  7-5, 3.96 ERA


 LACHLAN WELLS  ('A' - Cedar Rapids Kernels)
 
 1G   1-0, 0.00 ERA  5.2IP  5H  0ER  1BB  5K  --  Season  5-3, 2.14 ERA

HONOURABLE MENTIONS:

Warwick SAUPOLD Tigers - 'AAA' Toledo Mud Hens 2G  0-0, 1.50 ERA  6.0ip  5h  1er  1bb  9k
Sam STREET Pirates - 'A+' Bradenton Marauders 2G  0-0, 1.50 ERA  6.0ip  4h  1er  4bb  3k
Connor MacDONALD Astros - 'R+' Greenville Astros 5G  20AB  .300AVG  3R  6H  1D  1HR  3RBI  .500SLG%
  'Flintoff & Dunn's PRO PLAYERS OF THE WEEK' - 15 AUGUST 2016

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

It was almost an embarrassment of pitching riches for our award nominations today with nary an offensive player in sight! In the end we just couldn't differentiate between (or exclude) any of the five pitchers who hurled winning starts of five or more innings, even though there were five of them this week. The pair of "Honourable Mentions" included two very good efforts from major leaguer LIAM HENDRIKS and Pittsburgh's 'High A' pitcher SAM STREET who just didn't have sufficient innings to press claims for our top honour this time around.

Maybe top of the tree for our five PPOW award winners this week was WARWICK SAUPOLD who pitched a strong winning start at 'AAA' level for Detroit that saw him allow just one run across six innings. That performance no doubt led to his rejoining the major league Tigers where he pitched three scoreless innings in middle relief. DANIEL McGRATH, SAM GIBBONS and LACHLAN WELLS each pitched winning starts that comprised six scoreless innings, while Lachlan's brother ALEX WELLS pitched five scoreless innings where he allowed just one hit for his win. You can absorb all of those brilliant statistics below.

Although they will not feature in these awards, I will also give a brief mention to Rookie Leaguers SAM KENNELLY, who homered this week, and to RYAN DALE who looks to finish this season strongly with ten hits from his last ten games to elevate his batting average.

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



  WARWICK SAUPOLD ('AAA' - Toledo Mud Hens)
   1G   1-0, 1.50 ERA  6.0IP  4H  1ER  2BB  4K  --  Season  5-2, 2.88 ERA at 'AAA'


 DANIEL McGRATH  ('A+' - Salem Red Sox)
 
 1G   1-0, 0.00 ERA  6.0IP  3H  0ER  2BB  4K  --  Season  6-5, 2.24 ERA


 SAM GIBBONS  ('A' - Cedar Rapids Kernels)
 
 1G   1-0, 0.00 ERA  6.0IP  3H  0ER  4BB  1K  --  Season  6-3, 4.63 ERA


 LACHLAN WELLS  ('A' - Cedar Rapids Kernels)
 
 1G   1-0, 0.00 ERA  6.0IP  4H  0ER  2BB  5K  --  Season  4-3, 2.36 ERA


 ALEX WELLS  ('A-SS' - Aberdeen IronBirds)
 
 1G   1-0, 0.00 ERA  5.0IP  1H  0ER  0BB  5K  --  Season  4-5, 2.03 ERA

HONOURABLE MENTIONS:

Liam HENDRIKS Athletics - 'MLB' Oakland Athletics 3G  0-0, 0.00 ERA  3.1ip  1h  0er  0bb  5k
Sam STREET Pirates - 'A+' Bradenton Marauders 1G  1-0, 0.00 ERA  5.0ip  0h  0er  2bb  3k
  'Flintoff & Dunn's PRO PLAYERS OF THE WEEK' - 8 AUGUST 2016

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

Not for the first time our Aussie pitchers have pretty much stolen the show for our PPOW today. Our top gong goes to Australia's 32nd man to reach the US major leagues, WARWICK SAUPOLD, who made two winning starts over the period while allowing just one run in each of those from a total of twelve innings for Detroit's 'AAA' Toledo. It is great to see him back pushing for a recall to the big leagues after going through a tough patch mid-season. Way to go Warwick!

Minnesota's 'Class A' starter SAM GIBBONS allowed just one run from his five inning no-decision this week to perhaps top our three "Honourable Mentions". It may be a tad unusual for us to nominate a guy who took two losses but, on this occasion, Baltimore's ALEX WELLS definitely could claim a degree of tough luck. His first start saw him give up just one run from five innings, while his most recent loss came when he didn't record an out for the one run that really polluted his statistics for the week. Wells also struck out one per inning.
Twins' Rookie Aaron Whitefield will get our final "Honourable Mention" for batting 6-19 with five runs scored and two RBIs.

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



  WARWICK SAUPOLD ('AAA' - Toledo Mud Hens)
   2G   2-0, 1.50 ERA  12.0IP  9H  2ER  5BB  7K  --  Season  5-2, 2.88 ERA at 'AAA'

HONOURABLE MENTIONS:

Sam GIBBONS Twins - 'A' Cedar Rapids Kernels 1G  0-0, 1.80 ERA  5.0ip  5h  1er  3bb  2k
Alex WELLS Orioles - 'A-ss' Aberdeen Ironbirds 2G  0-2, 3.60 ERA  5.0ip  4h  2er  1bb  5k
Aaron WHITEFIELD Twins - 'R' GCL Twins 5G  19AB  .316AVG  5R  6H  1D  2RBI  .381OB%
  'Flintoff & Dunn's PRO PLAYERS OF THE WEEK' - 1 AUGUST 2016

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

Although we were not overrun by contenders for our PPOW award today, there were four really good candidates that were not too easy to separate. In the end we will be a bit tough on a couple of pitchers who didn't quite manage a clean sheet despite producing very good overall performances. DANIEL McGRATH navigated eight innings in a tough loss that saw him allow only two runs on just four hits for Boston's 'High A' Salem Red Sox. Oakland A's major leaguer LIAM HENDRIKS struck out seven across 4.1 relief innings while allowing just one run on two hits with not quite sufficient innings to claim our major award. These guys will earn an "Honourable Mention".

The players we selected to take a share of our primary award on this occasion are Detroit's 'High A' infielder ZAC SHEPHERD who batted 7-19 (.368) with two doubles and two homers to compile a huge .789 slugging percentage, while he also drove in SEVEN RBIs. He'll share our PPOW with Minnesota's 'Class A' right hander SAM GIBBONS who pitched a scoreless winning start that comprised six shutout innings.

I'm sure most would agree that these were some quite special efforts from our Aussie professionals.

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



 ZAC SHEPHERD  ('A+' - Lakeland Flying Tigers)
 
 5G  .368AVG  19AB  6R  7H  2D  2HR  7RBI  .789 SLG%  --  Season .196AVG


 SAM GIBBONS  ('A' - Cedar Rapids Kernels)
 
 1G   1-0, 0.00 ERA  6.0IP  5H  0ER  2BB  4K  --  Season  5-3, 5.22 ERA

HONOURABLE MENTIONS:

Daniel McGRATH Red Sox - 'A+' Salem Red Sox 1G  0-1, 2.25 ERA  8.0ip  4h  2er  1bb  2k
Liam HENDRIKS Athletics - 'MLB' Oakland Athletics 3G  0-0, 2.08 ERA  4.1ip  2h  1er  1bb  7k
  'Flintoff & Dunn's PRO PLAYERS OF THE WEEK' - 25 JULY 2016

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

With some really impressive performances from our Aussie pros this past week, we will find ourselves being a bit tough on a few guys who will be separated out for "Honourable Mention" instead of sharing our main award. Quite truthfully we did consider nominating all five of these players to share our PPOW award. In the end we gave an edge to a couple of regular nominees in JAMES BERESFORD and DANIEL McGRATH. Perennial nominee Beresford had a ten game hitting streak broken a few days ago, but he has now failed to hit safely in just one of his last 13 games. He clinched this nomination by batting 5-6 a couple of days ago for Minnesota's 'AAA' Rochester Red Wings to give him 11-31 over the period. Boston's 'High A' lefty starter McGrath claimed his fourth win of the season with six scoreless innings for the Salem Red Sox to just eclipse some other splendid pitching efforts this week.

The "Honourable Mentions" go to pitchers SAM GIBBONS and SAM STREET, along with Rookie League hitter AARON WHITEFIELD. Gibbons allowed two runs over seven innings in his winning start, while Street allowed one run across six innings for a no-decision. Twins Rookie Whitefield surely would have been in line for at least a share of our top award if not for the small sample of games he played. From three appearances he batted 7-16 as an indication of a very promising future ahead.

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



 JAMES BERESFORD  ('AAA' - Rochester Red Wings)
 
 7G  .355AVG  31AB  6R  11H  3RBI  1D .387 SLG%  --  Season .285AVG


 DANIEL McGRATH  ('A+' - Salem Red Sox)
 
 1G   1-0, 0.00 ERA  6.0IP  3H  0ER  4BB  2K  --  Season  4-4, 3.79 ERA

HONOURABLE MENTIONS:

Aaron WHITEFIELD Twins - 'R' GCL Twins 3G  16AB  .438AVG  4R  7H  2RBI  .471OB%
Sam GIBBONS Twins - 'A' Cedar Rapids Kernels 1G  1-0, 2.57 ERA  7.0ip  4h  2er  1bb  2k
Sam STREET Pirates - 'A+' Bradenton Marauders 1G  0-0, 1.50 ERA  6.0ip  5h  1er  2bb  4k
  'Flintoff & Dunn's PRO PLAYERS OF THE WEEK' - 18 JULY 2016

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

I'm quite confident about saying that it would be a first for 'Flintoff & Dunn' to have a pair of young Aussie twins leading the way for our Pro Player of the Week award, not Minnesota Twins - that has happened often, but actual TWIN brothers. Ironically, it was LACHLAN WELLS, who plays in the Minnesota Twins organisation, who was the clear winner of our PPOW this time. His quite outstanding winning start for their 'Class A' Cedar Rapids Kernels saw him pitch six innings of four-hit, scoreless baseball while walking none and striking out eight. We don't expect any argument about his selection this week... it was brilliant stuff!

His twin brother Alex may have been next cab off the rank with two very good starts, but he will have to settle for an "Honourable Mention" on this occasion, along with three other pitchers who didn't pitch a lot of work, yet they could do no more than keep clean sheets. You can peruse their statistics for the week below.

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



 LACHLAN WELLS  ('A' - Cedar Rapids Kernels)
 
 1G   1-0, 0.00 ERA  6.0IP  4H  0ER  0BB  8K  --  Season  2-1, 1.27 ERA

HONOURABLE MENTIONS:

Alex WELLS Orioles - 'A-ss' Aberdeen Ironbirds 2G  1-0, 2.38 ERA  11.1ip  8h  3er  1bb  5k
Jon KENNEDY Braves - 'A' Rome Braves 2G  0-0, 0.00 ERA  4.0ip  3h  0er  0bb  3k
Sam STREET Pirates - 'A+' Bradenton Marauders 1G  1-0, 0.00 ERA  3.0ip  0h  0er  2bb  3k
Liam HENDRIKS Athletics - 'MLB' Oakland Athletics 2G  0-0, 0.00 ERA  3.0ip  1h  0er  2bb  1k
  'Flintoff & Dunn's PRO PLAYERS OF THE WEEK' - 11 JULY 2016

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

In another tough week for adjudication, especially in terms of separating our primary award from "Honourable Mentions", we have finally decided that three of the winners from last week will share our major award again today. To begin with the pitchers this time, SAM STREET threw a total of six scoreless innings for Pittsburgh's 'High A' Bradenton to continue his strong form this season. Just edging out our other pitching nominations is Boston's DAN McGRATH who gave up just one run over his 5.1 inning start while striking out six for 'High A' Salem. After hitting "for the cycle" last week Houston's CONNOR MacDONALD launched another long ball this past week while batting 5-16 with a .563 slugging percentage for their Advanced Rookie club Greenville Astros. What also caught our eye was his six RBIs for the week!

The rather unfortunate pitchers who very narrowly missed our main award, but will receive "Honourable Mention", are listed with their statistics below. We have some sympathy for them because it was a week of pretty strong performances for our young Aussie pros.

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



 SAM STREET  ('A+' - Bradenton Marauders)
 
 2G   0-0, 0.00 ERA  6.0IP  5H  0ER  1BB  1K  --  Season  0-0, 0.69 ERA


 DANIEL McGRATH  ('A+' - Salem Red Sox)
 
 1G   0-0, 1.69 ERA  5.1IP  3H  1ER  2BB  6K  --  Season  3-3, 3.99 ERA


 CONNOR MacDONALD  ('R+' - Greenville Astros)
 
 4G  .313AVG  16AB  2R  5H  6RBI  1D  1HR  6RBI  .563 SLG%  --  Season .310AVG

HONOURABLE MENTIONS:

Steve KENT Braves - Mississippi Braves 'AA' 3G  1-1, 1.93 ERA  4.2ip  5h  1er  2bb  6k
Lachlan WELLS Twins - Cedar Rapids Kernels 'A' 1G  0-1, 1.80 ERA  5.0ip  4h  1er  0bb  3k
Sam HOLLAND Angels - Burlington Bees 'A' 2G  1-0, 0.00 ERA  3.1ip  1h  0er  0bb  4k
  'Flintoff & Dunn's PRO PLAYERS OF THE WEEK' - 4 JULY 2016

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

Well Subscribers, this week threw up some real quandaries for us with our PRO PLAYER OF THE WEEK nominations. In the end we had to draw some very fine distinctions between some of the pitching efforts and, in the end, SAM HOLLAND was just barely short of innings pitched to earn a primary award nomination. To round off the "Honourable Mentions" you won't often find a position player with a .167 batting average for the week get any type of nomination, yet we had to recognise that Kansas City Rookie Leaguer RYAN DALE latched onto two home runs in his last two outings to give him a .500 slugging percentage for the week.

At this time we cannot verify whether or not young Aussie CONNOR MacDONALD may be the first Aussie pro to "Hit for the Cycle" this week. All of Connor's hitting came in one game for Houston's Greenville Astros on 29 June when he batted 4-4 with a single, a double, a triple and a home run in a remarkable effort that had to earn him a share of our top award on its own!

Newbie ALEX WELLS pitched a couple more starts for Baltimore's Aberdeen Ironbirds to collect a win and a loss with a total of 13.1 innings that yielded just two runs while he struck out nine and walked none. Boston's 'High A' starter DANIEL McGRATH produced another great winning start with six innings for just one earned run. Coming back strongly from a recent stint on the DL is our major leaguer LIAM HENDRIKS who pitched 4.2 innings over three relief outings for the Oakland A's without allowing a run. SAM STREET also pitched five scoreless innings over two relief outings for Pittsburgh's 'High A' Bradenton.

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



 CONNOR MacDONALD  ('R+' - Greenville Astros)
 
 3G  .400AVG  10AB  4R  4H  2RBI  1D  1T  1HR  .1000 SLG%  --  Season .308AVG  --  "CYCLE"


 ALEX WELLS  ('A-SS' - Aberdeen IronBirds)
 
 2G   1-1, 1.35 ERA  13.1IP  9H  2ER  0BB  9K  --  Season  2-2, 1.48 ERA


 DANIEL McGRATH  ('A+' - Salem Red Sox)
 
 1G   1-0, 1.50 ERA  6.0IP  5H  1ER  2BB  3K  --  Season  3-3, 4.29 ERA


 LIAM HENDRIKS  ('MLB' - Oakland Athletics)
 
 3G   0-0, 0.00 ERA  4.2IP  3H  0ER  1BB  4K  --  Season  0-1, 5.88 ERA


 SAM STREET  ('A+' - Bradenton Marauders)
 
 2G   0-0, 0.00 ERA  5.0IP  3H  0ER  0BB  5K  --  Season  0-0, 0.90 ERA

HONOURABLE MENTIONS:

Sam HOLLAND Angels - Burlington Bees 'A' 2G  0-0, 2.25 ERA  4.0ip  5h  1er  0bb  3k
Ryan DALE Royals - Idaho Falls Chukars 'R+' 4G  18AB  .167AVG  2R  3H  2HR  3RBI  .500SLG%
  'Flintoff & Dunn's PRO PLAYERS OF THE WEEK' - 27 JUNE 2016

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

Far from our lack of candidates for this award nomination last week, there were plenty of players to consider for 'Flintoff & Dunns' PRO PLAYER OF THE WEEK this time. Of course this is helped a fair bit by the return of the lower 'A' level and Rookie Leagues that has broadened the range of Aussie professionals for us to consider.

To get a perennial nominee out of the way quickly, it never really surprises us that Minnesota's JAMES BERESFORD simply continues to rack up the nominations with his extraordinary offensive consistency. James had boasted better weeks in terms of batting average, yet we noted this time that his 8-25 was enhanced by six walks that provided him with a terrific .452 on base percentage for the week.

This week James will be joined by FOUR pitchers who we simply could not overlook for a share of the major award. Two lads named Wells posted superb winning starts without allowing a single earned run. LACHLAN WELLS pitched 5.1 scoreless innings to grab a win from his first start with Minnesota's 'A' team Cedar Rapids, while new pro ALEX WELLS pitched six scoreless frames to win his second start for Baltimore's Short-Season 'A' team the Aberdeen IronBirds. Another young player who has been around just a bit longer is DANIEL McGRATH who allowed just one run from his seven inning start that produced a win for Boston's 'High A' Salem Red Sox. The even more seasoned TODD VAN STEENSEL pitched a relatively few 3.1 scoreless (and hitless) innings for the week, yet we just gave him the nod because his two relief outings saw him collect a win and a save while punching out four hitters.

A couple of young Victorians will chip in for "Honourable Mention" on this occasion with too small samples to receive serious consideration for our primary award this week. Kansas City Rookie leaguer RYAN DALE batted 4-10 while also driving in four runs for his team. Relief pitcher SAM STREET pitched 2.1 scoreless scoreless innings across three outings, including three strike out victims. That will do it for this week!

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



 JAMES BERESFORD  ('AAA' - Rochester Red Wings)
 
 6G  .320AVG  25AB  4R  8H  1RBI  6BB .452 OB%  --  Season .295AVG


 ALEX WELLS  ('A-SS' - Aberdeen IronBirds)
 
 1G   1-0, 0.00 ERA  6.0IP  7H  0ER  0BB  3K  --  Season  1-1, 1.64 ERA


 LACHLAN WELLS  ('A' - Cedar Rapids Kernels)
 
 1G   1-0, 0.00 ERA  5.1IP  7H  0ER  1BB  3K  --  Season  1-0, 0.00 ERA


 DANIEL McGRATH  ('A+' - Salem Red Sox)
 
 1G   1-0, 1.29 ERA  7.0IP  5H  1ER  1BB  5K  --  Season  2-3, 4.75 ERA


 TODD VAN STEENSEL  ('A+' - Fort Myers Miracle)
 
 2G   1-0, 0.00 ERA  3.1IP  0H  0ER  1BB  4K  1SV  --  Season  1-1, 3.74 ERA

HONOURABLE MENTIONS:

Sam STREET Pirates - Bradenton Marauders 'A+' 3G  0-0, 0.00 ERA  2.1ip  2h  0er  0bb  3k
Ryan DALE Royals - Idaho Falls Chukars 'R+' 3G  10AB  .400AVG  3R  4H  1D  4RBI  .500SLG%
  'Flintoff & Dunn's PRO PLAYERS OF THE WEEK' - 20 JUNE 2016

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

In the absence of any genuine contenders for our PRO PLAYER OF THE WEEK for the first time since we began nominating this award, we will resort to a slightly different method of adjudication on this occasion. Unfortunately quite of a few of our Aussie boys simply didn't see sufficient action to give them a chance, while others didn't quite compile the necessary positive statistics. Young Minnesota pitcher SAM GIBBONS collected a win from his two outings, yet neither of those outings was particularly effective as I'm sure he'd agree.

We will give the award this week to a man who only recently handed over his long-held mantle of being Australia's latest new major league player, WA right hander LIAM HENDRIKS. Liam has recently come off the disabled list after experiencing "arm discomfort" and, after a few rehab assignments, he returned to the big leagues today with a polished middle relief effort for the Oakland Athletics, albeit a fairly brief one. He couldn't really have done much more than pitch the 2.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 2k that he produced for the A's near the end of their narrow 0-2 defeat by the Los Angeles Angels.

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



 LIAM HENDRIKS  ('MLB' - Oakland Ahtletics)
 
 Pitching Line from his game today detailed above since coming off rehab assignments

HONOURABLE MENTIONS:

  'Flintoff & Dunn's PRO PLAYERS OF THE WEEK' - 13 JUNE 2016

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

It really wasn't too hard to nominate two players who really stood out over a relatively quiet week for our Aussie pros in the USA.
Perennial nominee JAMES BERESFORD again did what he is so accustomed to doing at 'AAA' level for the Minnesota Twins organisation by batting a very healthy 7-22 with a pair of doubles and five RBIs.

He will share the award with SAM HOLLAND who is enjoying a revitalised career with the LA Angels and he looks well on track to earn promotion from 'A' level after deserving his second nomination in a row since resuming action. Sam registered his second win of the season and he is still yet to allow a run so far this season after pitching another five scoreless innings.

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



 JAMES BERESFORD  ('AAA' - Rochester Red Wings)
 
 5G  .318AVG  22AB  5R  7H  2D  5RBI  .409 SLG%  --  Season .299AVG


 SAM HOLLAND  ('A' - Burlington Bees)
 
 2G   1-0, 0.00 ERA  5.0IP  2H  0ER  1BB  1K  --  Season  2-0, 0.00 ERA

HONOURABLE MENTIONS:

  'Flintoff & Dunn's PRO PLAYERS OF THE WEEK' - 6 JUNE 2016

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

This week our award goes to a pair of pitchers at 'A' level who performed really well for their respective teams. Young Boston starter DANIEL McGRATH produced an impressive six inning start where he allowed just two runs while striking out six and walking none for 'High A' Salem. Apparently enjoying his new life with the LA Angels organisation is SAM HOLLAND whose first two relief outings of the season saw him collecting a win while pitching 4.2 scoreless innings for one hit. He is currently at Class 'A' Burlington.

Sneaking in for "Honourable Mention" was Detroit's ZACH SHEPHERD who only batted a decent 4-16, but his four hits included a double and a home run, plus four walks to give him statistics just good enough for this mention.

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



 DANIEL McGRATH  ('A+' - Salem Red Sox)
 
 1G   0-0, 3.00 ERA  6.0IP  4H  2ER  0BB  6K  --  Season  1-1, 4.58 ERA


 SAM HOLLAND  ('A' - Burlington Bees)
 
 2G   1-0, 0.00 ERA  4.2IP  1H  0ER  1BB  1K  --  Season  1-0, 0.00 ERA

HONOURABLE MENTIONS:

Zach SHEPHERD Tigers A+ - Lakeland Flying Tigers 5G  16AB  .250AVG  3R  4H  1D  2HR  2RBI  .500SLG%
  'Flintoff & Dunn's PRO PLAYERS OF THE WEEK' - 30 MAY 2016

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

Our major award this week brings a flashback to the same two Minnesota Twins club mates who shared the award a couple of weeks ago. At 'AAA' Rochester that classy middle infielder JAMES BERESFORD simply continues to maintain his lofty career standards with another week of dedicated hitting that brought him 7-19 over a five game stretch. At 'Advanced A' Fort Myers, Queenslander LOGAN WADE put together a very similar 7-20 with four extra base hits that gave him a .600 slugging percentage for the period.

While he has definitely enjoyed more effective weeks in his major league past, we could not overlook the two wins posted by popular veteran PETE MOYLAN who earned "Honourable Mention" as continues to re-invent himself as a big league reliever with the KC Royals.

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



 JAMES BERESFORD  ('AAA' - Rochester Red Wings)
 
 5G  .368AVG  19AB  4R  7H  2BB  0RBI  .429 OB%  --  Season .306AVG


 LOGAN WADE  ('A+' - Fort Myers Miracle)
 
 5G  .350AVG  20AB  2R  7H  3D  1T  2RBI  .600 SLG%  --  Season .218AVG

HONOURABLE MENTIONS:

Peter MOYLAN Royals MLB - Kansas City Royals 3G  2-0, 4.15 ERA  4.1ip  6h  2er  1bb  2k
  'Flintoff & Dunn's PRO PLAYERS OF THE WEEK' - 23 MAY 2016

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

Just the one candidate took our eye this week and it just so happens that this player has been remarkably resilient in having resurrected his professional career three times. Although we would not describe him as a "veteran" just yet, Canberra pitcher STEVEN KENT seems to have been around forever after starting his AMLB career as an 18yo with the Australian Provincial team way back in Claxton Shield 2007.
Following a terrific season with the Canberra Cavalry this season Kent has earned another professional opportunity with the Atlanta Braves, his original pro team in the United States. This past week he pitched five scoreless innings across three relief outings to claim our Pro Player Of The Week award.

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



 STEVE KENT  ('AA' - Mississippi Braves)
 
 3G   0-0, 0.00 ERA  5.0IP  4H  0ER  2BB  6K  --  Season  0-1, 5.28 ERA

HONOURABLE MENTIONS:

  'Flintoff & Dunn's PRO PLAYERS OF THE WEEK' - 16 MAY 2016

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

Although this page is not specifically designed for this purpose, we cannot let the long-awaited occasion of Australia's latest new major leaguer WARWICK SAUPOLD go by without another opportunity to congratulate him. Warwick became our 32nd major league player when he pitched for the Detroit Tigers in Baltimore yesterday morning. We will also take this chance to recognise Aussie evergreen PETER MOYLAN who has climbed back to the major leagues yet again with the Kansas City Royals and he pitched for them this morning.

For all that, a man who must be the most unfortunate Australian player yet to make a major league debut is consistently brilliant Minnesota Twins' 'AAA' infielder JAMES BERESFORD. As recently described by his manager "James just does what James does" and he has done for a very long time now - at many other clubs he would have been a major league player some years ago. This past week he has put together the small matter of batting 12-24 (.500) with NINE runs scored for the Rochester Red Wings.

Certainly unlucky to be overshadowed by Beresford this past week is Detroit's 'High A' tyro ZACH SHEPHERD who batted 7-22 with two long balls for their Lakeland Flying Tigers. It was an effort usually well worthy of taking our primary award on most occasions.

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



 JAMES BERESFORD  ('AAA' - Rochester Red Wings)
 
 6G  .500AVG  24AB  9R  12H  2D  1T  .667 SLG%  .556 OB%  --  Season .331AVG

HONOURABLE MENTIONS:

Zach SHEPHERD Tigers 'A+' Lakeland Flying Tigers 7G  22AB  .318AVG  5R  7H  2HR  3RBI  .591SLG%
  'Flintoff & Dunn's PRO PLAYERS OF THE WEEK' - 9 MAY 2016

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

This time around our PPOW will be shared by a couple of Minnesota Twins club mates and Australian National Team comrades JAMES BERESFORD and his younger middle infield protégé LOGAN WADE. 'High A' tyro Wade owned a slightly better batting average (.368), but 'AAA' star Beresford added six walks for a .467 on base percentage, while striking out just twice!

Another Minnesota Twins' farm hand, TODD VAN STEENSEL, sneaked in for an "Honourable Mention" with a couple of solid relief appearances that yielded one earned run from his total of four innings that included five strike outs.

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



 LOGAN WADE  ('A+' - Fort Myers Miracle)
 
 5G  .368AVG  19AB  1R  7H  1D  3RBI  .421 SLG%  --  Season .215AVG


 JAMES BERESFORD  ('AAA' - Rochester Red Wings)
 
 7G  .333AVG  24AB  3R  8H  1D  6BB  5RBI  .467 OB%  --  Season .290AVG

HONOURABLE MENTIONS:

Todd VAN STEENSEL Twins 'A+' Fort Myers Miracle 2G  0-0, 2.25 ERA  4.0ip  4h  1er  2bb  5k
  'Flintoff & Dunn's PRO PLAYERS OF THE WEEK' - 2 MAY 2016

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

Continuing to press his claims for a major league debut is West Australian pitcher WARWICK SAUPOLD who is our sole nomination for PRO PLAYER OF THE WEEK on this occasion. Although his latest start resulted in a no-decision, Warwick pitched another six scoreless innings that yielded only three hits while representing the Detroit Tigers' 'AAA' Toledo Mud Hens. Just keep it rolling!!

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



  WARWICK SAUPOLD ('AAA' - Toledo Mud Hens)
   1G   0-0, 0.00 ERA  6.0IP  3H  0ER  0BB  1K  --  Season  1-1, 1.00 ERA

HONOURABLE MENTIONS:

  'Flintoff & Dunn's PRO PLAYERS OF THE WEEK' - 26 APRIL 2016

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

With the upper Minor Leagues getting into gear at the start of a new season it is perhaps fitting that our first selection of PPOW for 2016 is a young man who has featured very often over the years on these pages and who won at least a share of this award no fewer than TWELVE times last season. Minnesota Twins 'AAA' infielder JAMES BERESFORD is just starting to push through a somewhat subdued beginning to the season with some of his more typical offensive consistency. Over the past week he has compiled 7-18 with two doubles and a triple as he pushed his early season average back towards where it usually sits. It appears that the Twins are trying to make Beresford into a more versatile "utility player" which is a quizzical notion and it may not be helping his concentration on hitting?

James will share our opening award for 2016 with another of our leading pros WARWICK SAUPOLD who has started the season in terrific form for Detroit's 'AAA' Toledo Mud Hens. Over the past week his two outings have not conceded a single hit or a walk over seven total innings while his latest start saw him collect the win. It's hard to do any better than that!

Chiming in for "Honourable Mentions" are a couple of relief pitchers who have started this season in very solid fashion. As the young and the old of it, Pittsburgh youngster SAM STREET and Kansas City veteran PETE MOYLAN will share this acknowledgement.

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



 JAMES BERESFORD  ('AAA' - Rochester Red Wings)
 
 5G  .389AVG  18AB  3R  7H  2D  1T  5RBI  .611 SLG%  --  Season .288AVG


  WARWICK SAUPOLD ('AAA' - Toledo Mud Hens)
   2G   1-0, 0.00 ERA  7.0IP  0H  0ER  0BB  4K  --  Season  1-1, 1.50 ERA

HONOURABLE MENTIONS:

Peter MOYLAN Royals 'AAA' Omaha Storm Chasers 3G  1-0, 0.00 ERA  4.0ip  3h  0er  1bb  1k
Sam STREET Pirates 'A+' Bradenton Marauders 3G  0-0, 1.76 ERA  5.1ip  3h  1er  3bb  6k