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CAROLINA LEAGUE WEEKLY NEWSLETTER
FREDERICK...RHP RICHARD BARTLETT spun an eight-inning complete
game for the Keys but suffered a tough-luck, 2-1 loss to Myrtle
Beach. The 20-year-old allowed three runs and six hits, striking
out five and walking none, for his first-ever complete game. A
third-round selection of the Orioles in the 2000 draft, the 6-3,
215-pound hurler retired the final 10 batters he faced but fell
to 1-2 on the season...RHP MATT SCHWAGER lost four straight
starts May 19-June 4 (19 IP, 33 H, 23 R, 19 ER, 4 BB, 17 SO)..1B
ALFREDO LEON hit safely in 11 straight games (16-38, 1 2B, 2
RBI) May 9-June 2...2B MIKE FONTENOT struck out in 10
consecutive games May 24-June 4 (8-43, 17 SO) until his streak
was snapped on June 5 with a 2-for-5 effort against Salem, a 6-5
triumph for the Keys. Fontenot, who hit a team-best .304 in May,
was selected as the starting second baseman for the Carolina
League in the circuit's tilt with the California League
All-Stars on June 18.
KINSTON...LHP MARCOS MENDOZA, who went 4-0 with a 1.17 ERA in 11
games May 12-29 (23 IP, 24 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 9 BB, 16 SO), had
yielded just five earned runs over his first 38 innings on the
season, good for a 1.18 ERA...RHP JASON DAVIS went 0-5 with a
5.16 ERA in 11 starts April 16-June 3 (59 1/3 IP, 74 H, 50 R, 34
ER, 24 BB, 46 SO). Davis tossed six shutout innings to beat
Winston-Salem on Opening Night, but he failed to win any of his
next 11 starts. Davis ranked third in the low Class A South
Atlantic League with 14 wins last season and won seven of his
final eight decisions to close out the year...OF RYAN CHURCH
ranked second in batting (.327), on-base percentage (.433) and
slugging (.596) and was named as a starting outfielder in the
All-Star Game against the California League's best on June 18.
LYNCHBURG...RHP D.J. CARRASCO led the minors with 19 saves
through June 5, Carrasco, a native of Arizona, was the winner of
the league's Rolaids Relief Man for May, when he posted a 0.52
ERA, yielded just eight hits in 17 1/3 innings and had 27
strikeouts against just two walks. Carrasco had just 18 saves
over his first four pro seasons entering the 2002 campaign...OF
B.J. BARNS was named the league's Player of the Month for May
after he hit .310 with four homers and 24 RBI in 30 games. He
led the league in RBI last month and hit safely in 23 of 30
games in May. He became the first Hillcat since Dan Meier in
August 2000 to win the award...With a 42-17 record through June
5, the Hillcats had the best mark of any team in the minor
leagues...LHP BRADY BORNER went 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA in 15 games
April 18-June 5 (35 IP, 27 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 4 BB, 36 SO).
MYRTLE BEACH...The Pelicans received great starting pitching
from June 2-4. ROMAN COLON tossed the second nine-inning
complete game of his career to help the Pelicans post a 3-1
victory over Frederick on June 2. Colon yielded a run, seven
hits and struck out six batters without issuing a walk. The
22-year-old retired the side in order in the fourth inning and
set down the final 14 batters in his longest outing of the
season. to improve to 4-2 with a 3.08 ERA in 10 starts, with 42
strikeouts and just nine walks over 64 1/3 innings. The next
night, RHP DANIEL CURTIS tossed seven shutout innings and struck
out 11 batters in the Pelicans' 4-0 victory over Potomac. The
6-3, 215-pound righthander, who fanned the side in the first
inning, scattered five hits and yielded three walks to win his
sixth straight start and raise his record to 7-3. On June 4, RHP
ADAM WAINWRIGHT threw a season-high eight innings and struck out
a career-high 11 batters to lead the Pelicans past Potomac, 8-3.
The 20-year-old, who fanned the side in order in the second
inning, yielded one run and six hits to earn his first win in
five home starts and raised his overall record to 3-1.
Wainwright, a first-round selection by the Braves in the 2000
draft, was 3-0 with a 1.16 ERA in five starts since May 14 and
led the league in strikeouts (79). 1B ADAM LAROCHE went 4-for-4
with a pair of doubles and four RBI in the win for the Pelicans
on June 4 and went 11-for-8 over six games May 30-June 5 to take
the league's Player of the Week award.
POTOMAC...RHP JUAN MEJIA lost three straight starts May 23-June
2 (15 1/3 IP, 23 H, 10 R, 9 ER, 4 BB, 8 SO)...RHP RHETT PARROTT
threw six scoreless innings (5 H, 4 BB, 0 SO) in a no-decision
at Myrtle Beach on June 5. Winless in his last three starts
after winning three straight, Parrot was tied for third in the
league in walks (26) over 70 2/3 innings in his first 12 starts
this season...DH AARON FERA hit safely in 11 straight games
(15-44, 2 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI) May 18-31, raising his average from
.286 to .307. He struck out in 13 consecutive games May 22-June
SALEM...LHP NICK WEBB threw seven scoreless innings to help the
Avalanche defeated Wilmington on May 30. Webb yielded four hits,
a walk and struck out five. In his next start five days later,
Webb recorded the third complete game of his career and second
of the season in a 6-1 victory over Frederick. Webb, who retired
the first 12 batters in order, yielded a run and five hits and
fanned six over nine innings to improve to 6-3 with a 3.78 ERA
in 12 starts and take the league's Pitcher of the Week award.
The 22-year-old, who had won his last four outings, yielded one
run or less in each of these starts, posting a 0.62 ERA and a
.188 opponent's batting average...RHP JUSTIN HUISMAN extended
his string of not allowing an earned run to 29 consecutive games
and 36 innings through June 5 (24 H, 2 R, 9 BB, 20 SO). He had
three wins and saved 16 games and held the mark for the minors'
longest streak this season without yielding an earned run...1B
BRAD HAWPE hit .426 (29-68, 8 2B, 1 3B, 7 HR, 20 RBI) in 18
games May 5-June 5. The league's starting first baseman in the
All-Star Game, Hawpe was leading in home runs (12), tied for
first in RBI (44) and was leading in batting (.396), on-base
percentage (.474), slugging (.734) and extra-base hits (31)
through June 5. He had also committed just one error in his
first 45 games, good for a .998 fielding percentage.
WILMINGTON...RHP JUNIOR GUERRERO did not allow a run in nine
games May 10-June 1 (12 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 14 SO), going 2-0 with
two saves...SS ALEYANDRO MACHADO did not commit an error in 30
consecutive games May 2-June 5. Machado had just five errors in
his first 54 games this season and led all league shortstops
with a .977 fielding percentage...RHP IAN FERGUSON won three
straight starts May 22-June 1 (20 IP, 15 H, 10 R, 10 ER, 3 BB,
16 SO). He was leading the league and ranked second in the
minors with nine wins. Ferguson ranked tied for second in the
Kansas City system with 13 wins between two Class A stops in
WINSTON-SALEM...RHP KRIS MCWHIRTER went 0-7, 5.31 ERA in 10
games April 21-June 3 (61 IP, 68 H, 40 R, 36 ER, 25 BB, 33 SO).
He was tied for second in the league with seven losses. RHP
DARIO FERRAND was leading the league in defeats (8)...1B ERIC
WELSH hit home runs in three consecutive games June 1-3,
snapping a 1-for-21 funk over his previous five games. His 10
homers were tied for second in the league...SS GUILLERMO REYES
went 0-for-17 in five games May 28-June 4.
FREDERICK... 2B Gary Cates, OF Alexis Fordon, CF Brandon Littleton to Delmarva 6/3.
LYNCHBURG... OF Willy Hill to Williamsport 6/4. 2B Nathan McLouth from Williamsport 6/4.
MYRTLE BEACH... RHS David Watkins from Macon 6/3. 1B Kevin Brown from Macon 6/6.
POTOMAC... OF Chris Morris off DL 6/6.
SALEM... CF Melvin Rosario on DL 6/6.
WILMINGTON... LHS Freddy De Paula off DL 6/4. LHS Jason Gooding to Wichita 6/4. C Justin Cowan on DL 6/6.
WINSTON-SALEM... C Charles Lisk from Bristol 6/5. C Humberto Quintero to Birmingham 6/6.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Myrtle Beach first baseman Adam Laroche and Salem left hander
Nick Webb were named Baseball America/Carolina League Players
of the Week for the period May 30 - June 5.
Laroche, 22, a resident of Fort Scott, KA, was selected by the
Braves in the 29th round of the 2000 draft out of Seminole State
CC in Oklahoma. For the week he was 8-for-11 with a 4-for-4 game
against Potomac June 4th. This is the second season with Myrtle Beach
for the left handed first baseman. Last year he finished the season
with a .251 average with 31 doubles and seven homers.
The 24 year old resident of Houston, TX, Webb posted a 2-0 record in
two starts, throwing his second complete game of the season in a
6-1 victory over Frederick, his second outing of the week. The left-hander
was selected by the Rockies in the ninth round of the 2000 draft out
of the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. Last year with Asheville (SAL)
he finished the season with a 9-5 record with a 3.33 ERA and 93
Their totals for the week:
G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI AVG SLUG OBP SB
6 18 4 11 5 0 1 6 .611 1.056 .708 0
G GS CG SHO W-L ERA IP H R ER BB SO SAV
2 2 0 0 2-0 0.00 16.0 9 1 1 1 11 0
Each Thursday Howe Sportsdata International, the official statistician
of the Carolina League, selects a batter and a pitcher of the week
based on statistical performance for the period Thursday through Wednesday.