Nate Samson, Mitch Lambson Honored in Week 5
In American Association Daily, the Minor League Sports Report names their Pitcher and Player of the Week for Week 4 of the 2019 American Association season. This week Sioux City Explorers shortstop Nate Samson is the Player of the Week while the Winnipeg Goldeyes Mitch Lambson grabs Pitcher of the Week honors.
Lambson, Samson Honored in Week 5
The Minor League Sports Report and This Week in the Association have chosen their Player and Pitcher of the Week for Week 5 in the American Association. Sioux City Explorers shortstop Nate Samson was chosen as the Player of the Week after hitting .467 in seven games, while the Winnipeg Goldeyes Mitch Lambson was named the Pitcher of the Week after tossing a complete game shutout.
Player of the Week – Week 5: Nate Samson, Sioux City Explorers
Sioux City Explorers shortstop Nate Samson was chosen as the American Association Player of the Week for Week 5 by This Week in the Association and the Minor League Sports Report. Samson hit .467 in seven games with 9 runs scored and 7 RBI. He hit 2 doubles, 2 homers, and added a triple. Samson also walked three times. Nate Samson had hits in six of the seven games this week.
He began with an impressive performance against the Lincoln Saltdogs, going 10-18, with three games where he recorded at least three hits. On June 10, the Explorers shortstop helped the team to a 2-1 victory, going 3-4 with a run and an RBI. He then went 0-4 in a 3-2 loss, the only loss Sioux City suffered last week. After going 3-5 with 2 runs scored in a 9-1 victory, Samson went 4-5 with a run, 2 doubles, a triple, and 2 RBI in a 9-2 victory to close out the series.
The Explorers moved onto Cleburne where they have won the first three games of this series. Samson is 4-12 through the first three games, with 5 runs scored and 3 RBI. He homered in each of the last two contests.
Samson currently is riding a five game hitting streak and has an RBI in five straight games as well. He has also scored a run in five straight games. He posted a .500 on-base percentage last week and a .800 slugging percentage. His 1.300 OPS was third best in the league.
Samson narrowly beat out teammate Kyle Wren for the award. He is the second Explorers player to be honored this season, joining starter Taylor Jordan who was named Pitcher of the Week last week.
Pitcher of the Week – Week 5: Mitch Lambson
Winnipeg Goldeyes starter Mitch Lambson was named the Pitcher of the Week in the American Association for Week 5. Lambson made just one start last week, but made it a big one, blanking the Gary Southshore RailCats in a 5-0 victory.
The left-hander rolled through this contest. He gave up a two-out infield single in the first, then retired the next 10 batters he faced. That included striking out the side in the fourth. After giving up a single to start the fifth, then retired eight straight.
The only trouble Lambson found himself in was in the seventh when he gave up a two out double and then an infield single to put runners at the corners with two down. However, he induced a ground out to end the threat. He would give up a hit in the eighth and one in the ninth, but that would be all the offense the RailCats could muster.
Lambson (3-1) allowed 6 hits and did not walk a batter. Only two base runners reached scoring position. He struck out 8. Of the 113 pitches he threw, 82 went for strikes.
2019 Players of the Week
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 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