Update 4:03 p.m. - The recently injured Melky Mesa was named the Florida State League Player of the Year. FYI, in 126 games, the 23-year old centerfielder hit .260/.338/.475 with 19 homers, 21 doubles, 74 RBI, 81 runs and 31 steals.
Despite a mediocre recent stretch (3-3), the Tampa Yanks still lead the FSL North Divsion by 2.5 games and have the best record in the league.
The week started off badly with poor starts by Shaeffer Hall and Josh Romanski, who combined for this line: 3.2 ip, 14 h, 9 er, 2 bb, 5 k, 3 HR.
They needed Graham Stoneburner to finally right the ship on Thursday: 5 ip, 6 h, 1 er, 1 bb, 5 k, in a 3-2 win.
One guy that's new to the scene is 18-year old Anderson Feliz. The switch-hitting second-baseman is OPS'ing .848 through seven games despite moving all the way from Rookie Ball to the FSL.
Another newcomer, RHP Sean Black, performed admirably in his first High-A start on Saturday: 5.1 ip, 2 h, 0 r, 1 bb, 5 k. Black was drafted out of Seton Hall in 2009 and hails from Mt. Laurel, NJ.
Pat Venditte's stats for the week, not that they matter since he won't see Trenton until next year, were: 5.1 ip, 4 h, 0 r, 1 bb, 6 k.
The team's offensive star, Melky Mesa, hasn't played since being hit on the wrist on Saturday. Hopefully it's nothing serious since he was having somewhat of a breakout season.