Hitter of the Week – Chris Jacobs
“Big Jake” as he’s known, the towering 6’5 first base prospect had a good year in Rancho last year with an .897 OPS and 14 home runs. However, the 25-year-old hasn’t had success above A ball and can’t be considered a legitimate prospect until he hits Double-A pitching. Right now, Chris is riding a three-game homer streak, leading the club with six overall. His OPS over his last eight games is 1.338 and .923 overall. He’s walking almost as much as he’s striking out. Time’s running out for him to prove himself, so hopefully he gets the opportunity to show what he can do in Chattanooga later this year.
Pitcher of the Week – Fabio Martinez
It’s hard to believe that a guy with a fastball that reaches the high-90s is in his third organization in less than two years. Then you look at his walk rate and understand why evaluators and coaches could reach the point of exacerbation of giving up on such a talented young arm. In his last two starts, Fabio has allowed nine walks in 13 innings, but only two hits. He’s walking just under a batter an inning on the year, but has two six-inning no-hit bids already. His lack of control likely means he ends up in the bullpen, but the Dodgers will try to fix what others couldn’t and coax him into throwing more strikes.
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