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The Scrapperbook: Week One

The Scrapperbook: Week One
June 25, 2010
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For most players on the Scrappers roster, this was their first week of playing professional baseball and the team as a whole has struggled. After taking two out of three from Jamestown to start the season, Mahoning Valley has now lost their last four games.

"It's really difficult to throw quality pitches, especially early in the year," said Scrappers manager Travis Fryman. "Most of your college guys haven't thrown in several weeks and you can't put them out there very much."

Fryman adds, "Hitters definitely have a little advantage."

However, hitters have their own adjustments to make, most of them switching from aluminum bats to wood.

"It's definitely an adjustment," Chase Burnette remarked. "It's a hard one to make. I think a lot of guys on our team right now are working on trying to make that adjustment."

"We got a lot of young guys, a lot of guys straight out of college. It's tough because we're not hitting the way we want to hit, but it's going to come," Fryman assured.

With that, let's take a look at how the Scrappers through week one.

Where We Stand in Week One:
Overall Record: 2-5, last place, 3 games behind Auburn.

Week One Games:
18 @ Jamestown, W 7-5 (WP: D. Dickerson; LP: L. Chirinos)
19 @ Jamestown, L 0-4 (WP: J. Hodges; LP: K. Wetmore; SV: S. Gonzalez)
20 @ Jamestown, W 9-2 (WP: A. Kaminsky; LP: A. Estevez)
21 vs. Auburn, L 0-12 (WP: S. Strickland; LP: C. Gaynor)
22 vs. Auburn, L 0-5 (WP: S. Gracey; LP: J. Cooper)
23 vs. Auburn, L 3-8 (WP: E. Smith; LP: M. Rayl)
24 vs. Batavia, L 3-6 (WP: J. Rada; LP: J. Reichenbach)

The Transactions:
06/18/10: RHP Owen Dew signed, assigned to Mahoning Valley Scrappers.
06/18/10: SS Tyler Cannon signed, assigned to Mahoning Valley Scrappers.
06/18/10: OF Carlos Moncrief assigned to Mahoning Valley Scrappers from AZL Indians.
06/22/10: RHP James Ehlert signed, assigned to Mahoning Valley Scrappers.
06/22/10: C Juan Aponte assigned to AZL Indians from Mahoning Valley Scrappers.
06/22/10: LHP Nick Kirk assigned to Mahoning Valley Scrappers from Lake County Captains.

Week 1 Offense:

The offense was very stagnant this week, scoring a total of 22 runs and 16 of those runs being scored between 2 games. In the other five games, they managed to score a total of six runs, getting shut out three times. For the week, the Scrappers hit a cold .209, which was last in the league.

Week 1 Offensive Player of the Week: Jonathan Burnette

Burnette tied for the team high in hits for week one (6), tied for second on the team in RBI (2), tied for second on the team in average (.250), and fourth on the team in on-base percentage (.280).

Week 1 Pitching:

The pitching struggled to keep runners off base all week. They gave up a total of 42 runs (4.71 ERA, 12th in the NYPL), nearly double what their offense scored. Even more staggering, they gave up 63 hits, which was second most in the league. A few bright sports, though, were relievers John Goryl (3 G, 7.1 IP, 1.23 ERA, 4 BB, 4 K, .323 BAA) and Dale Dickerson (2 G, 6.0 IP, 3.00 ERA, 5 BB, 5 K, .111 BAA).

Week 1 Pitcher of the Week: Alex Kaminsky

In his first professional start, Kaminsky didn't disappoint. He pitched five scoreless innings against Jamestown, allowing only three hits, while walking one and striking out four.

Looking Ahead to Week 2:
25 vs. Batavia, 7:05 PM
26 @ Auburn, 7:05 PM
27 @ Auburn, 6:05 PM
28 @ Batavia, 7:05 PM
29 @ Batavia, 7:05 PM
30 @ Batavia, 7:05 PM
1 vs. Jamestown, 7:05 PM

Week 2 Promotions:

Fri. Jun. 25: Friday Night Fireworks, FRITOS Family Fridays, Faith Night with Pre-Game Live Music by Chris Mowery
Thurs. Jul. 1: Plevin & Gallucci Buck Night, LeBron James Rally - Stay in Cleveland with Rally Towel Giveaway

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