Not the best week for hitters, but some solid pitching performances.

Minor League Players of the Week (v9):

Pitcher:
Dellin Betances, 23, RHP, AA
6 IP, 8 K, 1 BB, 3 H, 0 ER
Notable: 5 BB in his previous start

NoMaas Ranking – #7

Previous 2011 MLPW Wins: 6, 7

When Betances can limit his walks, it’s nearly impossible for AA hitters to get on base. After his most recent start at the Reading Phillies, batters are now hitting .178 against the 6’8″ righthander. In 51 innings, he’s struck out 58 (10.17 K/9) and allowed only 34 hits (6 H/9). So basically, unless he walks you, you’re not getting on base. But, there’s a decent chance you’re getting walked (4.03 BB/9) — and that’s reflected in the difference between his ERA (1.75) and his FIP (3.22).

Until the walks calm down on a consistent basis, there really shouldn’t be any talk of Betances appearing in the Bronx this season. Let the kid develop properly.

Hitter:
Zolio Almonte, 22, SHB OF, A+
.227 / .320 / .640 in 28 PAs
Notable: 3 HRs, 1 2B on the week

NoMaas Ranking – Unranked

This was a really thin week for offense, as you can probably tell since our winner hit .227. However, Tampa’s Zolio Almonte showed no shortage of power. For the week, he only had 5 hits, but just one of them was a single. Three of them were home runs and one of them was a double (ISO of .413).

Signed out of the Dominican Republic as an international free agent in 2005, Zolio leads the Tampa Yankees in HRs with 7. The just-turned 22-year old has shown respectable power throughout his minor league career (ISO .158), but he’s really taking off this year with an ISO of .220. He’s also stolen 9 bases in 10 attempts.

Despite the power display, Almonte’s only hitting .245 with a .317 OBP. However, as a switch hitter, his OBP is .344 versus LHP.

Honorable Mentions:

Adam Warren, 23, RHP AAA
9 IP, 7 K, 1 BB, 6 H, 1 ER

Complete game for Warren, but his peripherals on the season still aren’t that good.

George Kontos, 26, RHP, AAA
3.1 IP, 5 K, 2 BB, 1 H, 0 ER

In 33 innings on the season, he’s struck out 36 and walked 13.

David Phelps, 24, RHP, AAA
7 IP, 8 K, 3 BB, 5 H, 3 ER

He’s having a solid season (3.78 FIP).

The ‘Manny Banuelos Isn’t Ready Yet” Line of the Week:
Manny Banuelos, 20, LHP, AA
9.2 IP, 11 K, 6 BB, 12 H, 3 HRs, 7 ERs

First home runs he’s allowed this season, all against RHBs. He’s having problems versus RHB: 32 K vs. 25 BB