New York Yankees Minor League Player of the Week: 4/8-4/19
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Charleston RiverDogs (6-4)
Batter of the Week: Connor Spencer (.353, 0 HR, 4 RBI’s)
The Charleston RiverDogs have started the 2015 season on a tear. Along with a combined .243/.304/.333 slash line, they are ranked first in runs scored (49) and first in RBI’s (45). They are ranked in the top third of the league in OBP (.330) and slugging percentsge (.403), and it’s no secret that a large part of their success is because is because of Connor Spencer’s hot start to the 2015 season.
The 22-year-old leads the RiverDogs with 12 hits and is tied for third with 4 RBI’s. He has recorded three multi-hit games in ten games played this season and is second on the team in OBP with .439.
Spencer was selected by the New York Yankees in the 8th round of the 2014 MLB June Amateur Draft out of the University of California, Irvine. In 2014 he posted an impressive .364/.398./.444 slash line in 211 plate appearances with the Staten Island Yankees. Though the Yankees have a ton of corner infield prospects in their minor league system including Gregory Bird, Eric Jagielo and Miguel Andujar, Connor Spencer is certainly a young prospect to keep your eye on.
Honorable Mention: Dustin Fowler: One of the most under-the-radar Yankees prospects is batting.263 with one home run and leading the RiverDogs with eight RBI’s through ten games played. That total is fourth in the South Atlantic League behind Alex Murphy, Chris Curley and Carlos Tocci.
Pitcher of the Week: Jordan Montgomery (2-0, 1.59 ERA)
In a rotation highlighted by Jordan Foley and Chaz Hebert, Jordan Montgomery has gotten off to the best start. In two games started, Montgomery leads the RiverDogs in strikeouts (17) through 11.1 innings pitched. While Montgomery has give up a total of ten hits, he has only given up two earned runs and has recorded an impressive 1.15 WHIP.
In 2014, Montgomery pitched to a 1-1 record with a 3.79 ERA and 20 strikeouts through 19 innings of work split between the Staten Island and Gulf Coast Yankees. Montgomery was drafted by the Yankees in the 4th round of 2014 MLB June Amateur Draft out of the University of South Carolina.
Honorable Mention: Cale Coshow (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 Saves)
Cale Coshow has made three dominant appearances so far this season and is yet to give up a run in the 4.1 innings that he’s pitched. The 22-year old has 2 saves in as many opportunities and is solidifying himself as a dominant force in the Charleston RiverDogs bullpen.