In American Association Daily, the Minor League Sports Report names their American Association Player and Pitcher of the Week for Week 14 as chosen by Robert Pannier and Kevin Luckow. The Lincoln Saltdogs Curt Smith was chosen as the Player of the Week with Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks LHP Will Solomon earning the Pitcher of the Week.
Curt Smith, Will Solomon Honored in Week 14
The Minor League Sports Report and This Week in the Association have named their Player and Pitcher of the Week for Week 14 of the American Association season, naming Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks left-hander Will Solomon as the Pitcher of the Week and the Lincoln Saltdogs Curt Smith as the Player of the Week for August 13-19.
Player of the Week: Curt Smith, Lincoln Saltdogs
The Minor League Sports Report has named Lincoln Saltdogs infielder Curt Smith as the Player of the Week for Week 14. The infielder hit .435 in six games, scoring 10-runs while driving in 5. He homered three times during the week.
Smith had hits in the first five contests of the week, extending his hitting streak to 13. He began with an impressive 6-12 performance against the Wichita Wingnuts, helping the team to take two of three in the series. Smith scored 5-runs and drove 2. He also homered twice, including in each game of the double-header on Wednesday.
Against the Texas AirHogs, Curt Smith was 4-11, seeing his hit streak come to an end when he was 0-3 on Sunday. However, he did score at least one run in each contest, giving him a streak of seven straight games where he has scored at least one run. Smith was 3-5 with 3-runs, a homer, and 2-RBI in the opening contest of the series.
Curt Smith finished the week 10-23 with four total extra base hits. He posted an .870 slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .500, giving him an OPS of 1.370. He also walked three times during the walk and only struck out twice.
Smith is the third Saltdogs player to earn Player of the Week honors, joining Angel Reyes (Week 2) and Brandon Jacobs (Week 3).
Pitcher of the Week: Will Solomon, Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks
The Minor League Sports Report has named Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks LHP Will Solomon as its Pitcher of the Week for Week 14. Solomon made one start during the week, posting a complete game shutout of the Kansas City T-Bones.
His lone start during the week came in a double-header against the T-Bones. After the RedHawks had won the opener of the double-header 5-4 in 10-innings, the team was looking for a little relief for their bullpen and Solomon came through, tossing his second complete game and first shutout of the season. The left-hander gave up a two-out hit in the first, then retired the next 11 batters, seeing his streak come to an end with a one-out double in the fifth. He would give up a one-out single in the sixth, and that would be the only other hit he allowed in the game.
Solomon allowed 3-hits and 2-walks. He struck out 2, and 47 of his 86 pitches went for strikes. The victory moved Solomon to 9-6 on the season.
Will Solomon became the first RedHawks hurler to earn Pitcher of the Week honors. Tim Colwell was named as the Player of the Week two weeks ago.
2018 Players of the Week
Week 13 – Angel Reyes, Wichita Wingnuts
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 13 – Travis Banwart, Wichita Wingnuts
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