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Monday, August 2, 2010

2010 Farmstros Five- Week 16

Hey, I just got the Farmstros Five from Street JL for Week 16. Here it is full with the tale behind the tardiness.

2010 Farmstros Five- Week 16

Before getting to the Week 16 edition of Farmstros Five please allow me to first apologize to Farmstros and his readers for this ridiculously late posting. Personal matters, and entirely too much time spent following the trade rumors and trades set me back farther than expected. In the grand scheme of things, that day or two would probably have been palatable… but… then there was Friday afternoon, Saturday, Sunday, and most of Monday. Poor form indeed. Hopefully my blunder will serve as a reminder to the rest of you to make sure you have not shut down your personal email for the weekend until you are sure last minute emails WERE ACTUALLY SENT – I know it has for me!

Now with my groveling for forgiveness out of the way, on to the Farmstros Five for the week of July 22 – 28, 2010:

RJ Alaniz, 19, RHP, Greeneville: Alaniz has been a tale of two pitchers thus far this season. His first two starts were as good as his second two were bad. Fortunately, Alaniz dropped the Mr. Hyde persona and instead appeared in Dr. Jekyll form for Week 16. Alaniz received a win and a no-decision over two starts and posted a line worthy of the top spot in the Farmstros Five: 10.0 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 13 SO. The question now is which persona will RJ don during Week 17?

And the rest:

Michael Kvasnicka, 21, C/3B/OF, Tri-City. It was a white-hot start for the 33rd overall pick in the 2010 draft – a home run in his first pro at bat – but things cooled down quickly for him thereafter. Kvasnicka has been looking much better at the plate as of late though, and would have earned himself the Farmstros Five top spot with his 10-21, 2 2B, HR, 3 R, 6 RBI, 2 BB, 3 SO Week 16 performance but for the single game 0 R, 1 BB, 10 SO performance by Alaniz.

Danilo Del Rio, 19, RHP, GCL Astros: It has not been the most stellar of seasons thus far for the 19 year-old Columbian, but it certainly was a good week. Del Rio made two starts during Week 16, earning a win and a no-decision for a line of 14.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB and 10 SO.

Jonathan Gaston, 23, OF, Corpus Christi: maybe it was the additional of JD Martinez to the Hooks lineup that lit a fire under him, or maybe it was just time that he started heating things up at the dish. Either way, the month of July has been good to Jonathan Gaston. Week 16 was no exception, with Gaston going 11-28 with 5 R, 2B, 2 3B, 4 RBI, 2 BB and 10 SO. While the 10 strikeouts and relatively low power numbers may have put him behind some of the other Farmstros performances, his 3-run triple in the Hooks’ July 26 come from behind deal solidified his spot in the Week 16 Farmstros Five.

Albert Cartwright, 22, 2B, Lancaster: Sometimes it takes a full week of outstanding performances for a position player to make the Farmstros Five, and sometimes it takes just a single game. The latter was the case for Cartwright who went 3-4 with 3 R, 3 3B, RBI, BB and a SO against Visalia pitching on July 28. Say what you will, but three triples in a 9-inning game seems worthy of a Farmstros Five spot any time to me.

And there you have it folks, the Farmstros Five for Week 16. Also, lest my introductory plea was not enough, my apologies again to you and Farmstros for my tardiness. It won’t happen again (TM -Cecil Cooper), though hopefully not because Farmstros decides to nix me from pinch-hitting duties…