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' - 19 JUNE 2017

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

Although there were a few very decent nominations this week, it was certainly not easy to identify our major ward winner. In the end we decided that Minnesota's AARON WHITEFIELD just snatched the honour from three others who will receive "Honourable Mention".
Aaron batted 5-17 (.294) over the term but, although his batting average was good, it was his six RBIs (five from his last game), his slugging percentage and his on base percentage that got him over the line for us. Whitefield also doubled and homered during the past week while walking five times for the 'Class A' Cedar Rapids Kernels.

Detroit's ZAC SHEPHERD also doubled and homered last week, yet we couldn't give him a share of our primary award with only nine at bats. TODD Van STEENSEL pitched four scoreless innings while allowing only one hit for Minnesota's 'AA' Chattanooga Lookouts to earn himself "Honourable Mention". Minnesota's 'High A' lefty LEWIS THORPE allowed a couple of runs across four innings while taking a no-decision, however, we simply could not ignore his eight strike outs at the rate of two per inning... he'll also get an "Honourable Mention".

We'll also add a brief mention for Colorado's ROBBIE PERKINS who celebrated his return to 'Advanced A' level with a home run last week.

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



 AARON WHITEFIELD  ('A' - Cedar Rapids Kernels)
 
 6G  .294AVG  17AB  3R  5H  1D  1HR  6RBI  .455 OB%  --  Season .283AVG

HONOURABLE MENTIONS:

 Zac SHEPHERD Tigers - 'A+' Lakeland Flying Tigers  3G  9AB  .333AVG  1R  3H  1D  1HR  1RBI  .778SLG%
 Todd Van STEENSEL Twins - 'AA' Chattanooga Lookouts  2G  0-0, 0.00 ERA  4.0ip  1h  0er  2bb  2k
 Lewis THORPE Twins - 'A+' Fort Myers Miracle  1G  0-0, 4.50 ERA  4.0ip  4h  2er  1bb  8k
  'Flintoff & Dunn's PRO PLAYERS OF THE WEEK' - 12 JUNE 2017

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

Whereas we had a wealth of contenders for these awards last week, it will be sort and sweet on this occasion. We did consider a few pitchers who were almost worthy of "Honourable Mention" yet there was just the one pitcher who really stood out as PRO PLAYER OF THE WEEK and we'll leave him alone as the one nomination today.

Recent World Baseball Classic national team performer LACHLAN WELLS earned his third win of the season while pitching a quality 6.2 inning start that saw just the one run allowed for Minnesota's 'High A' Fort Myers Miracle. He struck out six along the way for his second Pro Player Of The Week nomination this year. Although Lachlan owns a losing record this season, some of his best outings have been most impressive.

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



 LACHLAN WELLS  ('A+' - Fort Myers Miracle)
 
 1G   1-0, 1.00 ERA  6.2IP  5H  1ER  0BB  6K  --  Season  3-8, 4.09 ERA

HONOURABLE MENTIONS:

     
  'Flintoff & Dunn's PRO PLAYERS OF THE WEEK' - 5 JUNE 2017

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

Among an "embarrassment of riches" for PRO PLAYER OF THE WEEK nominations today, we will begin with the one everyday player who enjoyed a quite magnificent week of power hitting, albeit comprising only ten at bats. Yep, ten at bats, but consider that he batted 6-10 with two doubles and two home runs among them for a massive 1.400 slugging percentage. That player is catcher ROBBIE PERKINS who was on a tear for Colorado's 'Class A' Asheville Tourists. We assume that Perkins is in a platoon situation with the gloves and we can't penalise him for not having more plate appearances.

Joining him for our major award this week are pitchers WARWICK SAUPOLD, ALEX WELLS and LEWIS THORPE who each posted a scoreless week on the bump. Saupold continues to establish himself in the major leagues with seven scoreless innings over two outings, including one win for the big league Detroit Tigers. Baltimore's 'Class A' starter Alex Wells pitched another winning start with seven scoreless frames that allowed just three hits, while striking out five. On the comeback trail, Minnesota's Lewis Thorpe rattled up seven punch outs while allowing just one hit over his five inning start that resulted in an obviously tough loss. Terrific work by all of them!

With fewer innings pitched, we will give an "Honourable Mention" to major leaguer LIAM HENDRIKS who logged three scoreless outings, highlighted by seven strikeouts across 3.1 innings for the Oakland Athletics.

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



 ROBBIE PERKINS  ('Class A' - Asheville Tourists)
 
 3G  .600AVG  10AB  6R  6H  2D  2HR  5RBI  1.400 SLG%  --  Season .198AVG


 WARWICK SAUPOLD  ('MLB' - Detroit Tigers)
 
 2G   1-0, 0.00 ERA  7.0IP  3H  0ER  0BB  4K  --  Season  1-0, 1.84 ERA in MLB


 ALEX WELLS  ('A' - Delmarva Shorebirds)
 
 1G   1-0, 0.00 ERA  7.0IP  3H  0ER  0BB  5K  --  Season  4-2, 1.74 ERA


 LEWIS THORPE  ('A+' - Fort Myers Miracle)
 
 1G   0-1, 0.00 ERA  5.0IP  1H  0ER  2BB  7K  --  Season  0-2, 1.38 ERA

HONOURABLE MENTIONS:

Liam HENDRIKS Athletics - 'MLB' Oakland Athletics 3G  1-0, 0.00 ERA  3.1ip  2h  0er  2bb  7k
  'Flintoff & Dunn's PRO PLAYERS OF THE WEEK' - 29 MAY 2017

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

Two pitchers will share our PRO PLAYER OF THE WEEK Award this week after performances that stood just above three others who will receive "Honourable Mention". Maybe top billing goes to Pittsburgh's SAM STREET who struck out six across 4.2 innings of scoreless baseball for their 'Advanced A' Bradenton. He will share the award with WARWICK SAUPOLD who returned to the big leagues in style with three relief outings that totalled 3.1 innings of scoreless relief with five punch out victims for the Detroit Tigers.

Minnesota's AARON WHITEFIELD bated 7-23 (.304) to earn an "Honourable Mention" for 'Class A' Cedar Rapids and he will be joined in this category by two Aussie pitchers. LEWIS THORPE took a loss while allowing just one run over 4.0 innings for Minnesota's 'High A' Fort Myers, yet he also fanned six to catch our eye. Atlanta's JON KENNEDY again did enough to earn a mention here after recording his fifth win for their 'Class A' Rome Braves. He allowed one run from 2.2 innings with three strike out victims.

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



 SAM STREET  ('A+' - Bradenton Marauders)
 
 1G   0-0, 0.00 ERA  4.2IP  2H  0ER  0BB  6K  --  Season  0-1, 3.16 ERA


 WARWICK SAUPOLD  ('MLB' - Detroit Tigers)
 
 3G   0-0, 0.00 ERA  3.1IP  4H  0ER  2BB  5K  --  Season  0-0, 3.52 ERA in MLB

HONOURABLE MENTIONS:

Aaron WHITEFIELD Twins - 'A' Cedar Rapids Kernels 6G  23AB  .304AVG  4R  7H  0D  1T  3RBI  .391SLG%
Lewis THORPE Twins - 'A+' Fort Myers Miracle 1G  0-1, 2.25 ERA  4.0ip  3h  1er  2bb  6k
Jon KENNEDY Braves - 'A' Rome Braves 1G  1-0, 3.38 ERA  2.2ip  3h  1er  1bb  3k
  '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