Dogs Victor Roache, Saltdogs Reese Gregory Honored in Week 12
In American Association Daily, the Minor League Sports Report and This Week in the Association name their Pitcher and Player of the Week for Week 12 of the 2019 American Association season. This week, for the second time this season, Chicago Dogs outfielder Victor Roache was chosen as the Player of the Week, while Lincoln Saltdogs reliever Reese Gregory was chosen as the Pitcher of the Week after allowing just one hit in four outings.
Player of the Week – Week 12: Victor Roache, Chicago Dogs
For the second time this season, Chicago Dogs outfielder Victor Roache was named the Player of the Week in the American Association. It was quite a week for the Chicago outfielder, who hit .375 with eight runs scored, five homers, and 13 RBI in seven games.
The week got off on the right foot as Roache clubbed two homers and drove in three in the final contest of three game set with the Cleburne Railroaders. He scored two runs in that game, and was 2-3 with two walks.
The Dogs then welcomed the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks for a three game set. Roache struggled a bit in the series, going 1-12 with a walk, as the Dogs were swept.
The team was in need a huge series when the St. Paul Saints came to town, and Roache delivered his best performance of the season, as Chicago swept the Saints. Roache finished 6-8 in the series, with six runs scored, three homers, and 10 RBI. That included driving in four in the opening contest, an 8-4 Chicago victory, and driving in six in Game 2, a 15-2 victory. He homered twice in that game. In the final contest of the series, Roache was 2-3 with two walks and two runs scored.
Victor Roache finished with a 1.000 slugging percentage in Week 12, easily leading the American Association. He also posted a .531 on-base percentage and his 1.531 OPS led the league as well. Roache was named the Player of the Week in Week 3.
Pitcher of the Week – Week 12: Reese Gregory, Lincoln Saltdogs
Lincoln Saltdogs reliever Reese Gregory was named the Pitcher of the Week in Week 12. Gregory had an impressive week, appearing in four games where he was 1-0 with a save. The right-hander pitched seven innings, allowing one hit while striking out seven.
Gregory’s first appearance of the week was on July 29 against the Sioux Falls Canaries. He tossed the final inning of a 14-9 victory, retiring all three batters he faced in just five pitches.
The righty appeared in two of the contests against the Sioux City Explorers. His first appearance came on July 30, when he tossed three perfect innings, striking out three. Gregory tossed 34 pitches, 22 of which were strikes. Two nights later he was back on the hill, earning a save while completing the shutout in a 3-0 victory. Gregory allowed his only hit of the week, but struck out two, and nine of his 13 pitches went for strikes.
He then appeared in Saturday night’s contest, tossing two perfect innings while earning the victory in a 4-2 victory over the Kansas City T-Bones. Gregory entered the contest in the 11th inning, earning the victory on a Cody Regis two-run walk-off homer in the bottom of the 12th. The right-hander retired all six batters he faced.
For the week, Reese Gregory faced 22 batters, retiring 21 of them. Of his 75 pitches, 51 were for strikes.
Gregory is the first Lincoln Saltdogs player to receive honors from the Minor League Sports Report this season.
2019 Players of the Week
Week 11 – Tyler Hill, Winnipeg Goldeyes
Week 10 – Keon Barnum, Chicago Dogs
Week 9 – Josh Allen, St. Paul Saints
Week 8 – Max Murphy, Brady Shoemaker, St. Paul Saints
Week 7 – T. J. Bennett, Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks
Week 6 – Max Murphy, St. Paul Saints
Week 5 – Nate Samson, Sioux City Explorers
Week 4 – Tim Colwell, Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks
Week 3 – Victor Roache, Chicago Dogs
Week 2 – Tony Rosselli, Chicago Dogs
Week 1 – Zach Nehrir, Cleburne Railroaders
2019 Pitchers of the Week
Week 11 – Michael Tamburino, Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks
Week 10 – Kevin Hilton, Texas AirHogs
Week 9 – Luke Westphal, Chicago Dogs
Week 8 – Angel Ventura, Milwaukee Milkmen
Week 7 – Frank Carvallo, Gary Southshore RailCats
Week 6 – Bret Helton, Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks
Week 5 – Mitch Lambson, Winnipeg Goldeyes
Week 4 – Taylor Jordan, Sioux City Explorers
Week 3 – Eddie Medina, St. Paul Saints
Week 2 – Eddie Medina, St. Paul Saints
Week 1 – Jake Matthys, St. Paul Saints
Notes About Player/Pitcher of the Week Winners
The Player and Pitcher of the Week are chosen each week by the Minor League Sports Report’s Robert Pannier and by Kevin Luckow of the Tenth Inning Stretch. Honorees are chosen based upon statistics, quality of opponent, and importance in relation to overall performance of their own team.
By Robert Pannier