Player of the Week
Wyatt hit safely in all six games he played in last week – with three multi-hit performances in that span – while leading the league with 10 hits and eight RBIs.. He batted .370 overall (10-27) with seven runs scored – also tied for the league lead on the week – and two home runs (2nd/NECBL) to help the Pilgrims finish the week with a 6-2 record.
The Sun City, Arizona, native pushed his average up to .233 on the summer and doubled the amount of hits he had (10) in the previous 17 games after his torrid offensive performance. The third baseman now has 20 hits, 13 runs, two doubles, three homers and 12 RBIs in 23 games played with the Pilgrims in 2017.
Wyatt was an All-WAC First Team selection at third base after batting .308 with two home runs in 48 games at Grand Canyon University this past spring.
Pitcher of the Week
Upper Valley Nighthawks
The league’s leader improved to 4-0 on the summer after firing 8-1/3 innings of one-run ball that featured five strikeouts, two walks and only hit allowed. The Pace University product and one of the best stories on the mound this summer in the NECBL now stands at 4-0 – ranking second in the league in total wins – with a league-best 0.83 ERA, 22 strikeouts and only six walks and 18 hits allowed. His 0.74 WHIP is among the best in the league, as well, and opponents are hitting just .165 against him.
Wirchansky went 4-5 with a 3.31 ERA in 13 appearances (11 starts) with Pace this past spring. He fanned 65 while walking 34 in over 70 innings.
2017 NECBL Weekly Awards Archive
Week 1 – Venuto (Plymouth)/Elliott (Keene)
Week 2 – Eikhoff (Keene)/Smith (Valley)
Week 3 – Joyce (New Bedford)/Whitney (North Adams)
Week 4 – Daschbach (Newport)/Chandler (Mystic)
Week5 5 – Jew (Mystic)/Nicholson (Keene)
Weekly Honor Roll
JD Andreessen (Winnipesaukee/Monmouth) – Drove in league-best 12 runs while batting .375 (6-16) over the week. Also homered twice and added a double and had two four-RBI outings during that span.
Austin Dickey (Keene/Louisville) – Was brilliant in throwing seven scoreless innings with eight strikeouts, one walk and one hit allowed in a 1-0 pitcher’s duel over Vermont on July 14.
Cory Gill (Upper Valley/Troy) – Led the league with two saves while posting a 0.50 WHIP in three relief outings last week. Fanned six over six innings with only three hits and one earned run allowed.
Edward Haus (North Adams/St. Mary’s) – Shared the league lead with 10 hits while reaching safely in five of six games. He had four multi-hit games in that span, including a 3-for-3 showing in a win over Danbury.
Gavin Hollowell (Keene/St. John’s) – Fanned nine over six innings with only two hits and one unearned run allowed in that span as part of a 6-2 victory over New Bedford.
Ryan Hoogerwerf (Vermont/Portland) – Led the league with four doubles and had six hits overall while drawing four walks and batting .353. Also had exactly one hit in every game last week.
Patrick McGowan (Ocean State/Holy Cross) – Made two relief outings and his only blemishes were two hits allowed over six scoreless innings that also featured eight strikeouts and no walks. He faced the minimum in his second appearance of the week on Sunday against Plymouth.
Nathan Soria (Valley/Xavier) – Recorded a hit in five of six games with three of them going down as multi-hit performances while batting .400 on the week (9-20) with three runs scored and a stolen base.
Cade Sorrells (Upper Valley/Lipscomb) – Batted .588 – which would have qualified for the league lead in batting average by far with a few more plate appearances – thanks to a league-best 10 hits. He also doubled twice, scored three runs and added four RBIs.
Benjamin White (Plymouth/Duke) – Averaged just under a strikeout per inning in leading the league with 14 Ks on the week. Made two starts – including one complete game – while finishing 2-0 with a 1.23 ERA, 14 strikeouts, no walks and a 0.89 WHIP.
The NECBL congratulations the Ocean State Waves on being ranked the No. 1 team in the nation by Collegiate Summer Baseball.com last week!
The Major League All-Star Game took place on Tuesday, July 11 at Marlins Park in Miami. The home team National League comes to South Florida with a New England flavor.
Two Senior Circuit pitchers- the Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg and the Dodgers’ Alex Wood- spent an entire summer in the New England Collegiate Baseball League. Strasburg, the 2007 NECBL Top Prospect and Top Reliever, had a superlative 25:1 strikeout to walk ratio in 14 innings as the Torrington Twisters’ closer. Strasburg saved eight games and had an NECBL WHIP of just .79.
Wood was the ace of the 2010 Keene Swamp Bats, going 2-3 with a 3.96 ERA. His eight starts were the second highest in the New England League and his 36 strikeouts ranked 14th best.
Strasburg brings a 9-3 record into the Midsummer classic. He has struck out 128 batters in 112.2 innings of work. He ranks 11th in the N.L. in Ks and his 1.13 WHIP is sixth best in the League.
Wood does not have enough innings to qualify for leaderboards, but he is on his way to serious Cy Young consideration. The Georgia Bulldog southpaw is 10-0 with a 1.67 ERA. He has a WHIP of .89 and has struck out 97 batters in 80.2 innings.
This is Strasburg’s third All-Star appearance. Wood will make his All Star debut on Tuesday.
2017 marks the third consecutive season that an NECBL graduate made the MLB All-Star game. Strasburg and Wood become the 19th and 20th All Star appearances from New England League alumni. 18 of these 20 appearances have occurred since 2008.