Featuring our first back-to-back winner of 2011.

Minor League Players of the Week (v7):

Pitcher:
Dellin Betances, 23, RHP, AA
6 IP, 10 K, 1 BB, 4 H, 1 HR, 2 ER
Notable: Season-high 10 K


NoMaas Ranking – #7

Previous Win – 6

After walking 13 batters in his three previous starts, Betances finally put it all together in his May 25th outing. He abused Eastern League hitters striking out 10 in 6 innings, while only issuing one free pass. Double-A hitters have been clearly overmatched this season, as evidenced by Dellin’s 10.1 K/9 and 5.7 H/9. However, the 4.2 BB/9 obviously needs to be improved if he’s destined for success as the higher levels. This start was hopefully a step in the right direction.

Hitter:
Austin Romine, 22, RHB C, AA
.391 / .440 / .478 in 25 PAs
Notable: 2 BB vs. 2 K

NoMaas Ranking – #3

Previous Win – 3

When a player hits .391 for the week, it’s hard not to give him an MLPW award. Romine collected 9 hits in 23 ABs with a couple doubles. Yet, when someone picks up that many hits in the course of a week, you hope that more of them are for extra-bases — but such is the story of Romine’s May. While he’s hit .298 for the month, his ISO of .085 (SLG .383) is far less than the .194 ISO of April.

While the power is lacking, Romine’s plate discipline has been excellent. His BB/K of 0.63 is much better than his 0.43 career rate, and his BB% of 9.6% is a big improvement over his career 6.9%. He’s obviously seeing the ball very well, he’s just not hitting it for any real power.

Defensively, Austin Romine continues to get rave reviews. In our interview with Tim Norton, the Trenton reliever said calling Romine “great” behind the plate would be an “understatement.”

Honorable Mentions:

JR Murphy, 20, RHB C, A
.389/.500/.611, 4 2Bs

Big numbers in 22 PAs, having a great season

Zachary Nuding, 21, RHP, A
10 K, 2 BB in 6 IP

Season-high 10 K for the 2010 30th round draft pick

Adam Warren, 23, RHP, AAA
8 IP, 4K, 1 BB, 3 H, 1 ERs

A good start in an otherwise underwhelming season so far.

Ugliest Line of the Week:
Andrew Brackman, 25, RHP, AAA
10.1 IP, 9 BB, 12 K, 7 H, 6 ER

Brackman’s season has been very lousy, no other way to describe it.