Thomas DeBonville, Jacob Williams Receive First Week Honors
On Monday, the Minor League Sports Report chose its Player of the Week and Pitcher of the Week for Week 1 in the Pecos League. Tucson Saguaros outfielder Thomas DeBonville was named the Player of the Week after posting an impressive .565 batting average in four games. Salina Stockade reliever Jacob Williams was named as the Pitcher of the Week after going 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA in two appearances.
Player of the Week: Thomas DeBonville, Tucson Saguaros
DeBonville has gotten off to an amazing start this season, recording 13 hits in his first 23 at-bats (.565). He scored five runs, blasted four doubles, and posted eight RBI. He leads the Pecos League in hitting, RBI, hits, and doubles.
DeBonville opened the season with a 3-5 performance against the Salina Stockade. He doubled, scored a run, and drove in two in a 16-5 loss. That would be the only loss Tucson has suffered to this point. The next night, the outfielder put up another 3-5 performance, adding a run scored.
While starting out 6-10 is impressive, DeBonville was as hot as the Houston sun over the weekend. On Saturday, the outfielder was 4-7 with three runs scored, a double, and two RBI in a crushing of the Houston Apollos. The next night, the Saguaros got even with the Stockade, as DeBonville led the way, going 3-6 with two doubles and four RBI.
Pitcher of the Week: Jacob Williams, Salina Stockade
Williams has helped the Salina Stockade to get off to a 3-1 start this season, going 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA in two appearances. He has tossed 5.0 innings, allowing one hit and two walks, while striking out seven.
Williams first appearance of the season came on opening night when he entered the game in the fifth inning. The right-hander earned the victory by tossing two innings, allowing a hit, two walks and a run. He struck out one.
On Saturday, Williams entered the game early once again, as the starter left after three. The right-hander was absolutely dominant, striking out the first six batters he faced, while tossing three perfect innings of relief. He combined with Ben Butler on the one-hit shutout.
By Robert Pannier