Both Midwest League players of the week for the period of April 20-26 are members of the Cedar Rapids Kernels.
Infielder Trey Vavra is the offensive player of the week, and LHP Stephen Gonsalves is the pitcher of the week. (The previous pitcher of the week also is a Kernels hurler, RHP Felix Jorge.)
In six games last week, Vavra batted .409 (9-for-22) with two doubles, a triple, a home run, and seven RBI. He went 3-for-5 with a triple, a home run, and five RBI in Cedar Rapids’ 10-1 win over the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers on April 21. The next day he went 4-for-4 with a double and one RBI in the Kernels’ 5-4 win over the Timber Rattlers.
Gonsalves made one start last week, at Wisconsin on April 23. The Kernels won 3-0 as Gonsalves (7 IP) and RHP Trevor Hildenberger (2 IP) combined to one-hit the Timber Rattlers. Gonsalves allowed only three baserunners — one hit (a bunt single), one walk, and a hit batsman — while striking out 11 batters.
Nolasco goes five in CR rehab start
Minnesota Twins RHP Ricky Nolasco looked sharp in the five innings he pitched in his Cedar Rapids rehab start Sunday. He limited the Kane County Cougars to three hits and one unearned run while striking out five batters.
The Cougars won the game 3-2 after scoring a pair of runs in the top of the 7th inning. The two runs were the first ones given up by LHP Michael Theofanopoulos in five appearances this season.
(On a side note, I am rooting for Theofanopoulos to succeed based simply on the fact that we both have 14 letters in our last names. Also, does anyone know if he is a fan of Theo Epstein? Or Theo Huxtable, for that matter?)
Nolasco also made two rehab starts for the Kernels last year.
Peoria trip this week
Today is a league-wide day off. For those who care about such things, I plan to be at Dozer Park for the Peoria Chiefs-Beloit Snappers games on Tuesday and Wednesday. I’ll be live-tweeting the games and will post write-ups and photos afterwards.
Here are links to my preseason previews of the two teams:
You can find links to my posts about the prospects and coaching staffs of all 16 Midwest League teams here.