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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

College Player, Pitcher of Week

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2017 Player/Pitcher of the WeekPerfect Game College Player Database

March 13, 2018

Perfect Game/Rawlings Player of the Week: Troy Squires, Kentucky
For the second consecutive week a player from Kentucky has been named the PG/Rawlings Player of the Week. Not surprisingly the Wildcats continue to roll this spring and enjoyed a big series win over a talented Texas Tech club this past weekend in Lexington a week after going 3-0 at the Shriners College Classic in Houston. And while it was a true team effort, leadoff man Troy Squires was at the forefront of the offensive attack. A leadoff hitter who can get on base, Squires was huge in setting the tempo on offense and as evidenced by his 21 totals bases. He went 12-for-21 on the week and while a .571 batting average can be inflated from a barrage of singles, Squires did more than just slap the ball around the field. On top of his five singles he barreled up five doubles and also put two balls over the fence, driving in 11 runs while scoring another six in five games. Overall Kentucky went 3-2 on the week and jumped to No. 3 in Perfect Game’s latest rankings.

Perfect Game/Rawlings Pitcher of the Week: Casey Mize, Auburn
Already a heralded prospect for the 2018 MLB Draft, Auburn’s Casey Mize continued to throw like a top-of-the-draft talent as he was one fourth inning error away from turning in a perfect game this past Friday night. Instead the Tigers’ ace settled for a no-hit effort in which he was in complete control over Northeastern as he pounded the zone and struck out 13 on just 105 pitches. Still maintaining his mid-90s heater into the ninth with the same mid-80s, devastating splitter that has become so highly regarded, Mize helped Auburn to a 3-1 record on the week as they jumped to No. 14 in Perfect Game’s latest Top 25. A wish of good luck is in order even for opposing SEC offenses as the Georgia native is locked in as he now sports a 4-0 record over 25 1/3 innings, a span in which he has punched out 38 and has walked just three while surrendering a mere 10 base hits.

March 6, 2018

Perfect Game/Rawlings Player of the Week: Luke Heyer, Kentucky
The Kentucky Wildcats have opened the season with an 11-1 mark and went 4-0 this past week, including a clean sweep at the Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic in Houston. Taking home the Most Outstanding Player honors from the event was Luke Heyer, a senior infielder and outfielder who practically didn’t make an out the entire tournament, finishing with a .727 batting average in Houston and a .667 mark over the Cats’ four games last week. It’s more than just a high batting average for Heyer however as he picked up at least two hits in every game, and among the slew of base knocks were three home runs, including two against Houston, while driving in seven runs to help vault Kentucky to an undefeated week.

Perfect Game/Rawlings Pitcher of the Week: Aaron Hernandez, Texas A&M Corpus Christi
Perhaps not as famous a name as some of his peers in the 2018 MLB Draft class, you better get used to hearing Aaron Hernandez’s name, a righthander out of Texas A&M Corpus Christi, as there’s plenty of helium surrounding the Texas native. Gifted with a powerful right arm, which can help run his fastball into the upper-90s as a starter, Hernandez didn’t pitch last season for the Islanders though he did step onto the Cape for the summer season. Hernandez provided one of the best outings of his career over this past weekend, game two of a double-header against Utah Valley on Saturday, as he went the distance, tossing nine shutout frames in which he scattered seven hits. He proved his fastball plays and misses bats while pounding the zone, striking out 15 without issuing a walk, giving him 28 strikeouts to just seven walks on the year.

Feb. 27, 2018

Perfect Game/Rawlings Player of the Week: Brett Kinneman, NC State
The #Pack9 hashtag for NC State on Twitter is fitting for the club’s offense, as they scored nine runs in four of their five games last week, and 10 more runs in the fifth game, and at the center of it all was talented outfielder Brett Kinneman. Entering the week Kinneman hadn’t yet connected for a home run, something that quickly changed as he accounted for more than half of State’s eight home runs as he blasted five of his own and currently leads the team in homers. For the week, the Pennsylvania native went 13-for-21 (.619 batting average) with 15 RBI and a couple of stolen bags while picking up three walks (he has more walks than punchouts thus far) while showing the full array of tools scouts have come to know.

Perfect Game/Rawlings Pitcher of the Week: Joe DeMers, Washington
By all accounts, it was a perfect weekend for the Huskies ace as the 2014 Perfect Game All-American was dominant in his start against UC Riverside in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday. From the first pitch of the game to the 84th and final pitch in the ninth inning, DeMers collected zeroes after zeroes and ultimately delivered Washington’s first perfect game in the school’s history. Anytime a pitcher can remain flawless over nine innings it’s worth detailing but the fashion in which the power-armed righthander did so was even more impressive: he needed only 84 pitches, recorded nine strikeouts, only once got to a three ball count and rarely exceeded 10 pitches an inning. There’s perfect, then there’s what DeMers did as he continued his scoreless streak to 15 innings to open the year, allowing just three base knocks during that time.

Feb. 20, 2018

Perfect Game/Rawlings Player of the Week: Trevor Larnach, Oregon State
The tools have always been there for the Beavers' slugger, from the approach at the plate to the raw power and his all-fields approach, it was just a matter of time before it all came together. And it didn’t take Larnach long to make his presence felt in 2018 from Surprise, Arizona as the lefthanded hitter managed to go 8-for-9 on the weekend (.889 batting average) while drawing four walks and driving in seven runs. Of his eight hits, Larnach left the yard three times including two to the opposite field and a moonshot over the center field wall, on top of two doubles. Even more impressive than his three home runs is the fact he put one out in all three games, the first Oregon State player to do so since Michael Conforto in 2013.

Perfect Game/Rawlings Pitcher of the Week: Nolan Kingham, Texas
Ever since his days as a prep arm in Nevada, Nolan Kingham has had buzz around his big fastball which has attracted professional scouts who have followed him into this season, his draft eligible year. It’s safe to say he has started the 2018 season out on the right foot as the 6-foot-3 righthander went eight innings and scattered just three base hits (.115 average against) while punching out 10 and yielded just a single walk. A 10-game winner last season, Kingham was in complete control against a tough Louisiana squad, allowing just two hitters to reach second base and navigated his eight shutout frames on just 89 pitches. Impressive and efficient.

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