Stockton OF WILL SIMPSON went 13-for-26 with five doubles, one home run and eight RBIs to earn California League Playeer of the Week honors. The 22-year old had four straight three-hit games against Rancho Cucamonga. On Tuesday, the 2023 15th-round draft pick went 3-for-4 with a home run.
Visalia RHP ALEC BAKER made three relief appearances against Fresno last week and was named Cal League Pitcher of the Week. The 2023 18th-round pick threw a total of 5 1/3 innings, allowing no runs, hits or walks while striking out eight. On Saturday, the 23-year old pitched three scoreless innings with no hits or walks and five strikeouts.
18-year old OF Tai Peete of the Modesto Nuts went 8-for-21 with two doubles and two home runs in four games against San Jose to be named Cal League Player of the Week. The 30th overall pick in the 2023 draft, Peete had two three-hit games last week. On Thursday the Georgia native was 3-for-6 with two doubles and two RBIs. On Sunday he was again 3-for-6, this time with two home runs and eight RBIs.
Inland Empire right-hander Walbert Urena threw seven scoreless innings against Visalia on Saturday to earn Cal League Pitcher of the Week honors. Urena allowed two hits and three walks with six strikeouts over the seven innings as the 66ers trounced the Rawhide 11-0. It was the second time in his last three starts that the 19-year old from the Dominican Republic has thrown seven shutout innings.
P.J. HILSON – San Jose’s OF went 8-for-16 against Fresno last week with a double, a triple and two home runs. The 2018 draft pick drove in seven runs and scored six. Hilson has been red-hot in August, batting .447/.463/1.026 with six home runs and 15 RBIs.
RICARDO YAN – Visalia’s right-hander went seven innings on Wednesday against Lake Elsinore and allowed one run on one hit and two walks, while striking out nine. It was the second consecutive outing with nine strikeouts for the 20-year old from the Dominican Republic. Yan is second in the Cal League with 105 strikeouts on the season.
Modesto SS Josh Hood went 12-for-23 with two home runs in six games against the Fresno Grizzlies last week to earn Player Of The Week honors. The 2022 sixth-round draft pick had five straight multi-hit games, starting with a three-hit night on Tuesday. For the month of July, Hood is batting .304/.385/.449.
Inland Empire RHP Joel Hurtado was named Cal League Pitcher Of The Week for his six shutout innings against Visalia on Tuesday night. Hurtado (4-2) gave up two hits and one walk with six strikeouts as the 66ers cruised to a 12-1 win over the Rawhide. The six-inning, 75-pitch outing was the longest of the season for the 22-yeaar old.
Shortstop Ryan Ritter went 12-for-20 with three home runs for Fresno against Stockton before being called up to high-A Spokane on July 3rd. On Thursday night, the 2022 4th-round draft pick went 4-for-4 with two home runs. On the season Ritter is batting .305/.405/.606
Rancho Cucamonga RHP Jared Karros threw five shutout innings against Visalia on Wednesday night to earn Cal League Pitcher of the Week honors. Karros held the Rawhide to just one hit with no walks and three strikeouts. Over 11 outings this season (8 starts) the 2022 16th-round draft pick has held opponents to a .193 batting average with a WHIP of 0.95
Modesto SS Michael Arroyo was named Cal League Player of the Week for the week of June 19 – 25. The 18-year old from Columbia went 10-for-24 in hitting in all six games against Fresno. Arroyo has hit in 13 of 14 games with the Nuts and is slashing .348/.444/.652 since his promotion from the ACL on June 13th.
Rancho Cucamonga’s Payton Martin threw six scoreless innings over two appearances against Lake Elsinore to earn Cal League Pitcher of the Week honors. On Tuesday, the 19-year old started and went three innings with just one hit and one walk allowed against six strikeouts. On Sunday, Martin came out of the bullpen for three more shutout innings with no hits or walks and five strikeouts.
Fresno SS Ryan Ritter went 12-for-24 with three doubles and three home runs against Modesto to earn Cal League Player of the Week honors. The 2022 fourth-round draft pick was 3-for-4 with two home runs on Saturday night and has nine hits in his last 15 at bats. Ritter’s .416 OBP is seventh in the league.
RHP Jose Cabrera went five shutout innings against Rancho Cucamonga on Friday night and struck out eight with three hits and one walk allowed. The five innings and eight K’s were season highs for the 20-year old from the Dominican Republic. On the season Cabrera has 30 strikeouts over 29 2/3 IP.
San Jose C Thomas Gavello went 7-for-16 with two doubles and three home runs to earn Player of the Week honors. A 13th-round pick in 2022, Gavello drew three walks and scored six runs in five games against Lake Elsinore. With a .478 OBP, Gavello is second in the Cal League and his .314 batting average is good for third.
Fresno’s Connor Staine was named Pitcher of the Week after shutting out Visalia over six innings on Saturday night. The 2022 fifth-round draft pick allowed two hits and three walks while striking out seven. It was the Clinton, NJ native’s longest outing of the season.
HENRY BOLTE – Stockton’s 19-year old OF went 9-for-18 with three doubles and a triple in five games against Fresno last week. After a slow start in April, Bolte is now slashing .289/.386/.833 on the season. He was Oakland’s second-round pick in 2022, the #56 pick overall.
ROBBY SNELLING – Lake Elsinore’s Snelling improved to 3-0 on the season with with five shutout innings against Rancho Cucamonga on Friday night. The lefty from Reno, NV allowed just one hit and one walk while striking out nine. Over 21 innings on the season, Snelling has walked nine and struck out 26. Opponents are batting .143 against him and his WHIP is 0.90. Snelling was taken by the Padres in the competitive balance round of the 2022 draft, #39 overall.
RYAN RITTER – Fresno’s SS went 8-for-20 with three homers and five RBIs with a double and eight RBIs. Ritter, a fourth-round draft pick in 2022, scored three runs and stole two bases for the Grizzlies over six games against Rancho Cucamonga. Over 50 ABs this season, Ritter has 12 walks and an OBP of .387.
BLAKE ADAMS – 22-year old righty Adams went six shutout innings against the Quakes on Wednesday night, allowing just one hit and two walks with 10 strikeouts. In 11 innings over two starts, the 2022 13th-round draft pick has a WHIP of 1.00.