New York Yankees Minor League Player of the Week: 5/3- 5/09

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Single-A Tampa Yankees (17-14)

The Single-A Tampa Yankees went 3-3 this week and are currently in second place in the Florida State League. They will look to climb out of the hole they dug themselves in and gain the two games on first place Daytona as they start their next week of play.

Batter of the Week: Tyler Wade (.357, 6 RBI’s, 6 Runs)

Wade absolutely crushed the ball this week. He did not hesitate when it came to having runners in scoring position and batted in six RBI’s and managed to further help his team by crossing the plate six times himself. The shortstop is batting .330 on the season and it is no surprise why; the ball looks like a beach ball to him right now.

Honorbale Mention: Abiatal Avelino (.296, 1 RBI, 6 Runs)

Avelino was the stereotypical lead off batter this week ad batted near .300 while working counts. The second baseman got on base time, after time, and set his teammates up to drive him in. He scored six times in 28-at bats.

Pitcher of the Week: Chris Smith (3 IP, 3 Strike Outs, 1 Hit, 0.00 ERA)

Smith has been dominant through 2015 with a stellar 0.00 ERA in 7.2 innings pitched. He has only given up four hits while giving up zero walks which combines for an unheard of 0.52 WHIP. Smith has a 9 k/9 ratio and has been lights out in the four games he has appeared in.

Honorable Mention: Evan Rutckyj (4 IP, 7 Strike Outs, 2 hits)

With a last name that looks like an assortment of letters you would get in Scrabble, Rutckyj had the opposing batters overwhelmed this past week. He struck out seven batters in his two appearances and six of those came in his three inning appearance on May 4th.

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