In American Association Daily, the Minor League Sports Report names their American Association Player and Pitcher of the Week for Week 13 as chosen by Robert Pannier and Kevin Luckow. The Wichita Wingnuts pull off a sweep this week as Travis Banwart is named Pitcher of the Week and Angel Reyes is named Player of the Week.
Tim Colwell, Keaton Steele Honored in Week 13
The Minor League Sports Report and This Week in the Association have named their Player and Pitcher of the Week for Week 13 of the American Association season, and it was a clean sweep for the Wichita Wingnuts, as Angel Reyes was named as the Player of the Week and Travis Banwart as the top pitcher for the period of August 6-12.
Player of the Week: Angel Reyes, Wichita Wingnuts
The Minor League Sports Report has named Wichita Wingnuts outfielder Angel Reyes as the American Association Player of the Week for Week 13. Reyes hit .423 from August 6 to August 12, helping the Wingnuts to a 5-1 record, including a sweep of the Sioux City Explorers.
In the three-game series against the Explorers, Angel Reyes was 6-13 with 3-runs scored and 3-RBI. He opened the series with a 3-5 performance, hitting a home run and scoring 2-runs. He drove in two in the final game of the series.
Next up was the Cleburne Railroaders, where Reyes was 5-13 with 6-runs scored and 7-RBI through the first three games of the series. That included a 2-5 performance Sunday night where the outfielder scored 3-runs and drove in 5. He also homered in the second game of the series when he was 2-4 with 2-runs scored.
Overall, Angel Reyes was 11-26 with 8-runs scored 10-RBI. He homered twice and had 3-doubles. He had a slugging percentage of .769 and an OPS of 1.213.
Reyes is the third Wichita Wingnuts player to earn Player of the Week honors, joining Fernando Perez (Week 7) and Tony Thomas (Week 9).
Pitcher of the Week: Travis Banwart, Wichita Wingnuts
The Minor League Sports Report has named Wichita Wingnuts right-hander Travis Banwart as their Pitcher of the Week for Week 13. Banwart had just one start, but he made the most of it, blanking the American Association leading Sioux City Explorers for eight innings in a 3-0 Wingnuts victory.
The start occurred on August 7. The righty retired the first five batters of the game, seeing his run come to an end with a two out hit in the second by Blake Schmit. Luis Durango would add a two out hit in the third, and that would be the last hit the Wichita starter would allow until Schmit recorded his second hit of the game with two outs in the seventh.
Travis Banwart came out after eight. He allowed just 3-hits and a walk, while striking out 7. He threw 102 pitches, 64 of which went for strikes.
Banwart is the second Wingnuts pitcher to earn honors as the top hurler for the week, joining Charlie Gillies who earned the Pitcher of the Week honors in Week 5.
2018 Players of the Week
Week 12 – Tim Colwell, Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks
Week 11 – Jay Baum, Sioux City Explorers
Week 10 – David Bergin, Sioux Falls Canaries
Week 9 – Tony Thomas, Wichita Wingnuts
Week 8 – Tim Colwell, Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks
Week 7 – Fernando Perez, Wichita Wingnuts
Week 6 – Brady Shoemaker, St. Paul Saints
Week 5 – Zach Walters, Kansas City T-Bones
Week 4 – Colin Willis, Gary Southshore RailCats
Week 3 – Brandon Jacobs, Lincoln Saltdogs
Week 2 – Angel Reyes, Lincoln Saltdogs
Week 1 – Daniel Jackson, Sioux City Explorers
2018 Pitchers of the Week
Week 12 – Keaton Steele, Gary Southshore RailCats
Week 11 – Daniel Minor, Gary Southshore RailCats
Week 10 – Tyler Matzek, Texas AirHogs
Week 9 – Mitch Lambson, Winnipeg Goldeyes
Week 8 – Cesilio Pimentel, Sioux Falls Canaries
Week 7 – Austin Robichaux, Lincoln Saltdogs
Week 6 – Daniel Minor, Gary Southshore RailCats
Week 5 – Charlie Gillies, Wichita Wingnuts
Week 4 – Jake Esch, St. Paul Saints
Week 3 – Alex Gunn, Gary Southshore RailCats
Week 2 – Eddie Medina, St. Paul Saints
Week 1 – Michael Tamburino, Lincoln Saltdogs
By Robert Pannier