Players of the week (7/9-7/15): Hector Vargas acts as a hit machine, Travieso solid again

The player of the week section will include both a pitcher and hitter at each level who were named players of the week.

Due to the All-Star shortened weeks this week, there will not be players of the week for either Cincinnati or Louisville.


Nick Travieso: Travieso saw one of his strongest starts of the week on Wednesday, working into the eighth inning. In the start, he allowed just four hits and one earned run. He also struck out six and did not walk a hitter. The week prior, Travieso had worked 6.1 innings of two hit shutout ball. Between the two, it appears that Travieso is getting hot at the right time.

Phillip Ervin: During the week, Ervin went 5-for-19, but is finally starting to show the power again. Thursday night, Ervin hit a pair of home runs and a double. He also added a double earlier in the week as well to get to four extra base hits. The power is nice to see from Ervin and could be a sign that he is about to have a huge breakout.


Nolan Becker: The past week has not been kind to Daytona hurlers, but Becker had a pair of successful outings. On July 9, Becker worked 1.1 innings, allowing a hit, and a walk, while striking out three. Then, on July 13, Becker worked two more scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and striking out one. Becker has not allowed a run in his past four outings, totalling four innings.

Gavin LaValley: During the week, LaValley saw a four-game hit streak that was broken on Friday night. Over the span, he went 7-for-15 with a triple and two doubles. Over the week, LaValley raised his average 12 points and sits at .280 after the Friday night contest. For the season, LaValley has an impressive .827 OPS.


Jose Lopez: Lopez has been strong all season, and since recovering from Tommy John surgery prior to the draft. On Monday, Lopez worked six innings, allowing just two hits and three walks, while striking out seven. In 2016, Lopez has been striking out more than a hitter an inning as his stuff is playing extremely well to the level.

Luis Gonzalez: In just four games this week, Gonzalez went 4-for-14, but picked up two multi-hit games and three doubles. He also took advantage of having runners on base in those situations and drove in six runs, while scoring two more.


Antonio Santillan: Santillan worked six innings against Rockies top draft pick Riley Pint on Thursday night and bested him in every aspect. Santillan showed an electric fastball to strike out five hitters in six innings. He allowed four hits and walked one, while allowing one lone run.

Hector Vargas: Of all of the players on this list, Vargas had by far the best week. Vargas picked up nine hits in 14 at bats in four games. Two of those were doubles and he walked in two other plate appearances. He drove in seven runs and scored four more for Billings.

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